Top 50 Maternity Photoshoot Ideas

Special thanks to Sequenom for sponsoring this post so Rhiannon and I could sift through hundreds of maternity photos on the interwebs! It was so much fun and I hope you find it helpful. As always, all the opinions and spelling errors are my own.

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Rarely is the Pinterest rabbit hole as deep and enticing as when looking up ideas for maternity photos. It is easy to get sucked into the otherworldly goddess and majestic beach photos but do you hire a photographer and give her a list of exact poses you want? Or do you say “screw it” and just take selfies with your phone?

Either way, we’ve found 50 ideas that may give you some inspiration thanks to the folks that make the MaterniT® 21 PLUS test.

50 Maternity Photoshoot ideas:

#1 Let’s get straight to the star of the show. The belly. The bump and nothing but the bump.

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lauren Riggs Photography (Colorado Springs)

 

#2 Are you early to every party? If so, how about surprising the dad?

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Samantha Boos Photography (Chippewa Valley)

 

#3 Lovely in its simplicity

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Dave Richards Photography (Manhatten Beach, CA)

 

#4 Classic and beautiful silhouette

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Julie Parker Photography (Ogden, UT)

 

#5 Every season has its beauty, so capitalize on that

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lindy Cordell (Rome, GA)

 

#6 Incorporate the baby’s name, and make sure to double check the spelling!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Brianna Noelle Photography (San Francisco / Sacramento)

 

#7 Beautiful. Simple. Classic.

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Love Mate Photography (Beware the site has music so hit mute if you’re surfing at work.) (St. Cloud, FL)

 

#8 Let dad’s love for the baby – and you! – shine through

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
sophistishe.com (Chicago)

 

#9 Let people know when to start hounding you daily to see if you have had that baby yet (send them to haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com)

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Heather Mcginnis Photography (Greensboro, NC)

 

#10 A simple shot can become visually interesting with a change in perspective

Vicki Lynn Photography
Vicki Lynn Photography (Chandler, AZ)

 

#11 I had always wondered what teeny tiny baby shoes were actually good for. Now I know.

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lauren Riggs Photography (Colorado Springs)

 

#12 Tell your story. “It all started with a bottle of whiskey…”

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Big Dream Photography (Brisbane, Australia)

 

#13 Get a picture of the baby in the picture of the baby bump. Meta!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Kelia Joy Photography (Spokane, WA)

 

#14 Is the dad away and unable to be there? Check out this idea!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Brooke Ashley Photography (Dallas)

 

#15 Get the whole family in the picture!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Tout Petit Pixel (Marseilles, France)

 

#16 You’re going to need a sense of humor to make it in this parenting gig

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Ange Movius Photography (Lewis Clark Valley)

 

#17 So many maternity photos look somber and serious. Laugh!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Avia Rosen (Los Angeles)

 

#18 Make sure to get some classic black and white shots

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
ajbc photography (Port Huron, MI)

 

#19 I find everything about this gorgeous

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Neva Michelle Photography (Killeen, TX)

 

#20 Beautiful. Kinda meadow maiden!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Allison Corrin Photography (Lenexa, TX)

 

#21 I love this mom and daughter shoot. Girls just wanna have fun!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Tout Petit Pixel  (Marseilles, France)

 

#22 Two in diapers is going to be challenging, but it is also adorable

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Vicki Lynn Photography (Chandler, AZ)

 

#23 It’s like herding cats, but you’re a pro

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Geneviève Albert Photographe(r) (Rockland)

 

#24 A cute idea for older siblings

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lauren Riggs Photography (Colorado Springs)

 

#25 Get out just before sunset for some beautiful golden light. They don’t call it the “golden hour” for nothing

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Sophie Crew Photography (San Diego)

 

#26 Delicious puns. Use sparingly!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Julie Parker Photography (Ogden, UT)

 

#27 So many women are asked, “but what’s going to happen to that tattoo when you get pregnant?” The answer? This! And it’s awesome!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Jessamyn Harris Photography (San Francisco)

 

#28 “My pets are my kids.” But really, could this be any cuter?

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Love Mate Photography (Warning: music on the site) (St. Cloud, FL)

 

#29 This is the only time that nursery will be clean enough for professional photos

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Allison Corrin Photography (Lenexa, TX)

 

#30 It is easy to get carried away with trendy ideas, but sometimes a well-framed photo is all you need

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
A Little Bit of Lacquer – photo, iSweet Photography (Boston)

 

#31 You will cherish pictures that highlight your hobbies. One of my favorites from my pregnancy was me at 36 weeks pregnant, on roller skates

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lauren Davidson Photography (Scott Depot, WV)

 

#32 Life isn’t always pretty, but the photos can be

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Studio Betties Pinup and Boudoir (Minneapolis)

 

#33 Your maternity shoot can pull double duty as a gender reveal

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Ashlee Wethington Photography (Centralia, IL)

 

#34 What’s not in focus can be just as important as what is

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Brooke Ashley Photography (Dallas)

 

#35 Candid and fun

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Tout Petit Pixel (Marseilles, France)

 

#36 What have you been craving? I would have been surrounded by frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Geneviève Albert Photographe(r) (Ottowa)

 

#37 Fireman? Teacher? OBGYN? Incorporate your careers into your shoot

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Alexandria Tyler Photography (Rosenberg, TX)

 

#38 Pick your favorite kids’ book. Or read Hunger Games. Whatever, they’re your photos

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Life’s a Dance – Photo, Black Little Button (Oshkosh, WI)

 

#39 Before and after: Some photographers offer package deals for this

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
100 Layer Cake-let – Photo, Elate Photo (southern CA)

 

#40 I’m not saying to reenact scenes from 50 Shades, but I am saying that you can still be the sexy while you’re pregnant

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Brooke Ashley Photography (Dallas)

 

#41 Water is especially poignant if you are planning a water birth

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Love Mate Photography (St. Cloud, FL)

 

#42 Tandem nursing? The Facebook comments alone will make it worth capturing this moment

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Ashlee Wethington Photography (Centralia, IL)

 

#43 Did your baby come early? Celebrate the due date or the day he comes home from the hospital in lieu of maternity photos (I should know, this is me and my 31 weeker)

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
MG Photo (Durham, NC)

 

#44 Twins? Make sure they get equal billing. Sibling rivalry starts early.

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Heather Rice Photography (Altamonte Springs, FL)

 

#45 Surrogacy? A great way to highlight the village you have created

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
RHM Photography (Wildwood, NJ)

 

#46 If you are one of the many parents expecting after a loss, this is a lovely way to celebrate your rainbow baby

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Ashley Maiso Photography (Orlando, FL)

 

#47 Is someone you love going through this journey with you? It’s great for commiseration, but also for photos!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Jenn Moak Photography (Albany, NY)

 

#48 Are you and your best friend both pregnant? Sing it with me now, “I’ll be there for you….”

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Paula Andrews Photography (Melbourne)

 

#49 Honor your service

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Weston Neuschafer Photography (Arroyo Grande, California)

 

#50 Adoption is its own type of expecting, so celebrate it!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.
Lenses and Paws (Nashville)

 

I hope you have found some inspiration within these lovely photos. Do you have others you think are even better? Share the links in the comments!

50 great ideas for your maternity photoshoot! Everything from fall, winter, summer, spring, dogs, family, siblings, to poses as a couple.


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As early as nine weeks, our test can tell you if you are having a boy or a girl, and screens for both common and rare chromosomal abnormalities that can affect your baby’s health. Plus, the test gives simple-to-understand results within five days after the sample is received in the laboratory.

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