Pregnancy is an exciting time. Whether it’s your first or fourth child, it’s a time full of surprises, growing bellies, and moments you want to remember. Looking back at my pregnancy, the thing I regret the most is not taking enough photos to document the journey.
So, this time around, I’m not making the same mistake. Pinterest and Instagram are full of images of expectant mothers strutting their stuff. Some announce their pregnancy, while others just want to show off their bump.
Either way, there are plenty of maternity photoshoot ideas. We’ve gathered 100 of the most creative, sweet, and even funny ideas to help you commemorate those precious pregnancy moments.
- Maternity Photoshoot Ideas for Indoors
- Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Family
- Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Husband
- Cute Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Funny Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Props
- Beachy Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Winter Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Summer Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
- Studio Maternity Posing Ideas
Maternity Photoshoot Ideas for Indoors
1. In the Nursery
The nursery is a beautiful, simple, yet moving place to take your indoor maternity photo. You can always play with the lighting, creating some effects.
2. Reading In the Nursery
While we’re still in the nursery, grab a children’s book and sit down with your partner. Try to find a book with a fun title like “Are You My Mother?” by Dr. Seuss.
3. Cozy by the Window
Find a window with some light curtains — try to pick a time when natural light comes through. Then, simply pose with the curtain.
4. Black and White
If you have an open space with a large window or door, try a black-and-white shoot. Dress up in a white gown, and hold your belly. The light coming through the opening will create a beautiful background.
5. The Goddess of Maternity
Become the goddess of maternity by posing in front of a large window with light, flowy curtains. Wear something that drapes loosely, like a maxi dress and a flower crown. It has a wow factor and is a bit theatrical.
6. Couch Shot
The couch is the perfect place for a simplistic photo. You can even involve your partner. Wear something that shows off your bump. Play with the lights, and you’ve got a winner.
7. Take It to the Bedroom
You don’t need much for this — pretend to get out of bed, or pose while on it. You can wear a rope that drapes around your body to show your belly. Or just hold it and give a loving smile.
8. Pretty in Lace
Wear something with lace so that your belly shows, and then pose and give a slight smile. This idea plays with the colors of the clothes, hair, accessories, and surroundings. Everything is in harmony.
9. Sexy Maternity
Pregnancy is beautiful, so why not celebrate your growing body? Put on your favorite lingerie, and strike a sexy pose. The photo may be Instagram-worthy.
10. Can’t Get Up
Lay down on the floor with your legs up against the wall. Wear something that shows your bump, and hold it while you stare at the roof. The photo will be a simple but beautiful one of you relaxing with your belly.
In the spirit of Kim Kardashian, get a patterned dress or pantsuit that covers you from the neck down. Strike a simple pose while holding your tummy. Create some shapes by bending one knee.
Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
12. A Simple Stroll
Take a simple stroll with your partner while enjoying your pregnancy. The photos will be amazing. You can wear something like a flower-printed maxi dress, and hug your belly to make it show.
13. Fairytale Forest
If you have a forest or woodland near you, this idea is fantastic. Become the fairytale queen by wearing an evening gown that shows your belly. Have the photographer create a foggy effect around you. It’s mysteriously breathtaking.
14. By the Lake
Take your photo by the lake during the fall. The trees will add a contrasted background while you strut your stuff. Wear a flowy gown and a flower crown, and pose by the water for a peaceful effect.
15. Mommy and Me
Another idea that includes a lake is a mommy-and-me shoot. This maternity photoshoot idea is perfect if you’re expecting your second child. Try to match your outfit with your child’s, then hold them while posing. The lake creates a beautiful background full of nature, light, and colors.
16. Field of Maternity
A field full of tall grass and flowers is a dramatic place to celebrate your pregnancy. Pick a time when the light is low, preferably around sunrise. Wear something light and comfortable, and pose while sitting in the grass.
17. “Meet Me by the Bridge”
A rustic bridge, a beautiful evening gown, and a growing belly are a surprisingly pleasing combination. It’s outstanding yet straightforward. All you need is a gown and a bridge. Find a time when the light is behind you, like dusk or sunset. The colors will make the photo.
18. The Secret Tree
Become one with nature by dressing up in a green gown and standing by a tree in the park or backyard. Ask the photographer to catch the light through the leaves while you pose with a smile.
19. Pop of Color
Pick a time around dusk or sunset when the colors in the sky are bright. Play with the hues, and wear a gorgeous, flowy dress while hugging your belly. The darkness of the surroundings with the pop of sunlight will create striking contrasts.
20. Beach in the Fall
Grab your partner in crime and head to the beach on an autumn day. Find an ideal spot and sit down together. Perhaps even give a kiss.
21. Summer Garden
If you have a thriving garden or a place you can go to, dress up in something breezy and strike a pose. Embrace your belly while staring off in the distance.
Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Family
22. Big Brother
Get a sweet shot with your little man before he becomes a big brother. Find a beautiful location with soft natural light. Stand with your partner, and have your son kiss your belly. The main focus of the photo should be on the big brother and the bump.
23. Big Sister
Enjoy a sweet moment with your little girl who’s about to become a big sister. Sit or stand with your little girl in your lap, in your arms, or standing directly in front of you. Have your daughter snuggle your bump. You can both dress in a similar style — all white, soft lace, or pastel colors. Consider adding flowers to her hair — or yours — and have her hold an ultrasound photo for extra effect.
24. Rock N’ Roll
Create an exciting image by dressing the whole family in black leather jackets, blue jeans, and oversized shades. Sit everyone on a staircase, and rock your belly for the shot. It’s edgy and distinguishably different from the other ideas on our list.
25. Hold My Hand
Take your husband and children outside for this shoot. Have everyone wear white while you sport something colorful. Hold hands as you walk away from the camera. It’s simple but includes all the siblings in one shot, and you don’t have to worry about funny facial expressions.
26. Family Includes Pets
If your first child is a fur baby, then try this look. Stand bump to belly with your partner, holding hands. Have your pup pose between you for a complete family shot.
27. Gender Reveal
Combine your maternity photoshoot with a gender reveal. Gather your family and have either pink or blue smoke in the background, revealing the baby’s gender. You can always go to a beautiful location for the shoot.
If you want something simple, use balloons that spell the word baby. You can often find these in the baby shower section of any party supply store. Have your family get in the shot while everyone smiles. To make it more extraordinary, visit a breathtaking location like the beach or harbor.
If you’re part of a sisterhood — either by birth or by heart — leave out your partner, and snap a cute photo with your sistas. Get dressed up for the occasion. Stand close together in a place with a beautiful background, and have each girl place a hand on your belly for good luck.
Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Husband
30. Lie with Me
Show your love in the photo by lying down, with your partner hugging you and your belly. It can be a fun shot, displaying your excitement, or a more tranquil moment. Not much is needed for this shot, but it will become something you’ll look back on and rejoice in.
31. Laundry Time
32. Mama, Dada
This one is charming and doesn’t require much effort. Sit in your nursery in front of the crib while holding a book or signs that say “Mama” or “Dada.” You could even include your pet.
Having your husband behind you through the tough days was probably the best support. A fantastic way to show this is by standing back-to-back with a good location for the background. You can also make this silly by doing a fun pose.
34. Hats All Day
Make the photo classy or retrospective by having both you and your partner wear a hat. Take the shoot out on an open field with a beautiful nature background. You can wear a lace gown inspired by the Wild West to make the photo more country.
Sometimes, you have to spell it out — have your husband stand behind you while holding two M’s on each side of your belly. Your belly will act as the O, spelling out the word “MOM.” It’s cute and simple. You just need the letters and big smiles.
36. The Belly Hug
The belly hug is a classic pose for expectant parents and is generally a winner. Have your husband stand behind you while you hold hands, hugging your bump. Create a jaw-dropping photo by making it monochrome.
37. Strike a Pose
If you want something edgy with a high-fashion look, try this one. Find a bright background, and wear a dress to match it, high heels, and sunglasses. Have your husband wear something dark and hand you a bouquet of colorful flowers.
38. Tiny Shoes
Find a suitable location and place a pair of baby shoes in the foreground with you and your husband in the background. Have yourself or the shoes blurred in the image. If done right, it’s a winner.
Cute Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
39. Look at Me
This photo will make your friends say, “Aww.” Go outside and lie down in the grass on a picnic blanket with your belly exposed. Your husband can stand looking over you while you make eye contact. With the right lighting, this creates an astonishing image.
40. One Plus Two Equals Three
Find a simple background, then have your husband stand a few feet away from you while you look at each other. You can either use Photoshop or balloons to create a mathematical equation. Between you and your husband, make a plus sign. Beside you, make the equals sign, then the number three so that Daddy plus Mommy equals three.
41. Hug It Out
What’s cuter than having your toddler hug their soon-to-arrive sibling? This idea is all about your first child and your belly. Create a classic photo by making it black and white.
Snap a cute photo of you, your belly, and your child. For maximum cuteness, wear matching outfits and give a big smile.
43. A Kiss for the Road?
You’ll need your firstborn, your partner, and a great location. Have your little one hold you and your partner’s hands while they give a kiss to the camera. Make sure you can see your belly in the photo.
44. That’s the Baby
This idea makes a terrific pregnancy announcement, but it’s also a beautiful image you can continue to recreate as your baby grows and you get new ultrasound photos. Have your firstborn hold an ultrasound picture to the camera with a big smile on their face while you and your partner each kiss one of their cheeks. It’s a great way to highlight both your pregnancy and older child so they aren’t left out of the equation.
45. Baby Sock Cuteness
When you’re pregnant, there’s nothing cuter than baby socks. They’re so tiny! Grab a pair and hold them by your belly as you put on your brightest smile.
Funny Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
46. Two Bellies?
If your husband is up for it, you can try having him share in the belly pics. You can each show off your belly bumps. It’s cute and funny.
47. Those Are Some Big Melons
OK, so this one requires some melons and a husband with a sense of humor. Use a watermelon for the belly and two smaller melons as breasts — these are your husband’s “pregnant parts.” Stand side-by-side while you both keep one hand over and the other under the belly.
48. The Wrong Head
Let your husband be the pregnant one for once, or at least for the photo. Stand behind a tree or pole. Then, while you lean your head back, your husband leans his forward. This creates the illusion that it’s your husband’s pregnant belly, not yours.
49. Pregnancy Cravings
Expose your cravings by including them in your maternity photo. Get some of the junk you’ve been craving all day and pose while eating them. You can even add a personalized T-shirt that connects the food you crave with your pregnancy.
50. My Belly Is the Biggest
How about a competition to see who’s got the biggest belly? Stand with your husband and pretend to intimidate each other with your tummies. If your husband has a sense of humor, he’ll love this idea.
51. Pregnant AF
This one is straightforward but fun if you’ve been complaining about your sore feet and back. Stand in front of a simple background while holding a sign that reads, “Pregnant AF.” Make a tired or annoyed facial expression to emphasize the feeling.
Maternity Photoshoot Ideas with Props
Use some Scrabble letters to spell out the name of your unborn baby. Then, stand in the background with your partner so your belly shows. It’s simple and cute.
53. Bath Tub
Draw yourself a rose petal milk bath in an antique or soaker tub. Dress yourself in whatever makes you feel beautiful and shows off your baby bump. You can even submerge most of your body with only your belly visible above the bath. Then, enjoy the luxury while a photographer snaps some ravishing photos.
Include your pet or animal in your experience. Sit in the grass while your friend stands beside you. It doesn’t have to be a horse, but it creates a wow factor.
Take a trip to a field of flowers to snap your maternity photos. You can do solo images or add your partner or kids. Dress up in a flowy gown, and enjoy the moment.
56. Signs and Photos
Create a close-up image of your belly with a cute sign and ultrasound photos to the side. Wear something that shows your tummy and use a phrase like “Ready to pop.”
57. Baby Onesie
Flaunt your baby bump in an ultra-glam outfit along with a onesie purchased for your anticipated baby. It’s glamorous and will make a memorable moment — one that you can recreate after your baby’s birth.
58. Colored Smoke
Smoke can create some beautiful effects. Add color to that, and you’ve got a winner. Find a lovely location, and wear a flowy gown. Then, use multicolored smoke effects in the background.
Beachy Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
59. Laugh In Paradise
Take a trip to a beautiful beach, dress up in your best belly-revealing beach attire, and smile big for the camera. That’s all you need for the perfect Instagram-worthy shot.
60. Belly Gazing
All you need for this idea is a flowing fabric wrap, some wind, a flower crown, and a beach. Gaze down on your belly to create some glamorous images.
61. Beauty on the Rocks
If it’s safe and available, you can take this idea of snapping your maternity shot on the rocks at the beach. It creates an eye-catching scene that’s sure to look beautiful in photos.
62. Gaze of Love
Grab your husband, and take the photographer to the beach at sunset. With the light behind you, stare at each other while hugging your belly together.
63. In the Sand
Pick a time when the light is beautiful, like dusk or sunset. Sit in the sand while you hold your belly lovingly. Wear a dress that displays your gorgeous baby bump; the shot will be amazing.
64. Sunset Silhouette
Get to the beach around sunset, when there’s low tide. With the light behind you, stand in the shallow water to create a reflection. The photo will be mesmerizing.
65. Tree Props
If there are old trees on the beach, use them as props for this beachy image. Wear something flowy, stand against a tree, and gaze at your belly. This image looks great in color, sepia tones, or black and white.
66. Waves of Wonder
This one is easy, and you may not even need a professional photographer. Stand in the waves while holding and gazing at your belly. Use a monochrome effect to create a powerful image.
Find a suitable beach location and visit at dusk, when the light is low. Stand in the shallow water and hold your belly. The sea in the background will be the perfect complement to this photo.
68. The Great Sea
Wear something blue to match the ocean, and ask the photographer to snap the shot from a distance. You and your partner will stand holding each other at the shore, gazing over the vast sea.
69. Beach Walk
With this one, you don’t have to get wet. Take a stroll on the boardwalk or in the sand with your hubby and dog. Wear something that shows your belly.
70. I Heart U
If you’re a second-time mom, include your firstborn in this shot. Get to the beach when the light is low. Find a scenic backdrop, and you and your child can make hearts with your hands.
71. Signs in the Sand
Create a memory with this beach sunset photo idea. Draw a heart in the sand, and write your baby’s name, due date, or a special message in the center. Stand with the sunset behind you and sand heart in front, and pose with your belly on display.
Winter Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
72. Icy Lace
If you’re up for it, dress up in a lace gown, showing your belly. Then, stand in the snow while gazing at your bump. If you get the light right, it will look magical.
73. The Frozen River
If you have a frozen river or lake near you, it’s a perfect location for this shot. Wear something that pops against the white snow, like a red dress. Sit down where possible and pose with your belly.
74. Partners in Crime
While still at the river, dress up in your usual winter gear and sit with your partner. Bring your ultrasound photos, and look at them together.
75. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Get your little one involved by both of you dressing up in warm attire. While standing in the snow, snuggle tightly. Just make sure your belly shows.
76. Keeping Warm
On a snowy day, bring your partner along for the shoot. Sit in front of him, and gaze lovingly back at him while he hugs you. It’s incredibly beautiful in an effortless way.
77. “Look What I’ve Got”
This one is a little silly but cute. Wear a big winter hat and handmuffs. Then touch your belly with a big smile — it’s perfect if you enjoy having some fun with your photos.
78. Don’t Freeze
This image can be awesome — all you need is some snow in your hair. Wear colorful earrings, and then strike an icy pose.
79. Winter Walk
Take a stroll through the snow with your partner. You don’t have to wear anything extravagant — merely hold hands while walking toward the camera.
80. Baby’s Name
Stand in the snow with your partner while holding a sign that spells out your chosen name. You can wear a gown for something extra or keep it simple.
81. Hug It Out
Including siblings-to-be in the maternity photo is always a favorite. Get out into the snow with your little one and have them hug you. Let the shot be just them and your belly.
Summer Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
82. Baby Watch
This one is a mix of funny, cute, and a lot of gorgeous. Get yourself a red bathing suit that says, “Baby Watch.” Then, take the photo at your local beach.
83. Summer Nights
The setting of the sun during summer evenings is quite spectacular. Use this to create a lovely photo of you and your husband. Have him hug you while the light is behind you.
84. The Crown Jewel
Lay down in the grass, and place a small crown on your belly. Let that be the main focus. It’s simple and doesn’t require much effort.
85. Spice it Up
If you know a place with a beautifully decorated staircase, dress up elegantly and snap a posy picture. The stairs will add a unique edge to the image.
86. Sunset Is Your Best Friend
Gaze toward the setting sun in the early evening while holding your belly. If you can, find a location with colorful flowers. The low lights will create outstanding effects.
87. Beach Glamour
Create some glamour at the beach by including a lace umbrella, a stripy bathing suit, and your dog. Sit on your towel while looking out over the sea.
Try contrasting your dress with a bright and beautiful background. It makes you stand out in the photo, creating a high-impact image.
89. Summer Picnic
Lay out the picnic blanket, and snap a photo of you enjoying a cold soda. The picture is simple and catches the feeling of summer.
90. Summer Field
Get out into a growing field in a summer maxi dress. You can do any pose you want, but be sure you show off your beautiful belly.
91. Flower Power
Stand in front of a wall of flowers while wearing something bright. The flowers will create a perfect background for a summer photo.
Studio Maternity Posing Ideas
92. The Naked Belly
Exposing the naked belly is a popular pose that’s also wondrous. You don’t have to be completely naked. Drape yourself in a robe, a fabric wrap, a lengthy scarf, or even jewelry to create the perfect image.
93. Silky Classics
Sometimes, all you need is a lovely silky gown, a one-colored background, and a confident pose.
Create an awe-inspiring photo by using a wind machine. The wind will move your dress, creating a dramatic effect.
95. Color Play
Try a basic beige background and a popping dress. Strike a simple pose by holding the fabric while gazing over your shoulder.
96. Nude Shades
Utilize all nude colors to create a photo that’s pleasing to the eye. You don’t need much, and you also don’t have to be naked. It’s simplistic yet gorgeous.
97. Simple Silhouette
A simple silhouette of you holding your beautiful baby belly is perfect if you don’t want something too extravagant. Wear something that makes you comfortable, while showing your belly, of course.
98. Studio Props
Bring a chair, some curtains, and plants to create an eye-catching background. Sit on the chair, and pose while holding your belly. It might take some effort, but it will be well worth it.
99. No Color
Sometimes, the best photo is one with a black-and-white effect. All you need is a lace gown and a simple pose, such as looking down at your belly.
100. Special Effects
When used correctly, Photoshop can make a photo look mesmerizing. Wear a flowy gown, and bring your other child along. Then, consult with the photographer about creating some breathtaking effects around you.