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NJ Maternity Photographer | Christina Claire Photography

Image of expecting mother at Cross Estate Gardens by NJ Maternity Photographer, Christina Claire Photography

As an NJ Maternity Photographer, one of my most frequently asked questions is “What should we wear for our maternity photos?” And it’s a good question! The clothing you choose has a huge impact on your final images. However, I know from experience that shopping during pregnancy can be, well … challenging. Here are some ideas to make the experience a bit more enjoyable.

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What to Wear for Maternity Photos | NJ Maternity Photographer

  • Chose Your Outfit First: If your partner or children are joining in on your maternity photos, make sure to plan your outfit first! Mom’s dress is the most important garment, so select that one first, and then work on coordinating your other family members.

  • Keep Comfort in Mind: Long, flowy dresses photograph beautifully for maternity sessions. They are flattering, comfortable, and highlight your bump. They also make it easy to move around and chase little ones!

  • Neutral Colors and Pastels: Light, neutral colors like cream, beige, soft greens, blues, and pinks work really well for maternity sessions. Avoid black, red, and neon colors as they can cast unflattering light back onto your skin tone.

  • Avoid Busy Patterns: Steer clear of loud patterns or prints, as they can be distracting. Soft florals or subtle textures are a better choice. We want the focus of your maternity portraits to be on you and your family, not your clothing.

  • Maternity Props: While I typically do not include props during my sessions, if you want to bring an ultrasound picture or special item of clothing, that is more than welcome!

Maternity session at Cross Estate Gardens

Maternity photo session by NJ Maternity Photographer, Christina Claire Photography

Expecting mother and father posing for maternity photos at Cross Estate Gardens

Maternity photos by NJ Maternity Photographer, Christina Claire Photography

Expectant mother posing in a white dress at Cross Estate Gardens

Expectant parents posing on the steps at Cross Estate Gardens taken by NJ Maternity Photographer

Maternity session by Christina Claire Photography

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. Trust your instincts and choose outfits that make you feel beautiful and happy!

The above images were taken at the Cross Estate Gardens, one of my favorite locations for a New Jersey maternity session. If you are looking for an NJ Maternity Photographer, email me at or head over to my website for more information: Christina Claire Photography . I can’t wait to chat with you!

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6 responses to “NJ Maternity Photographer | Christina Claire Photography”

  1. Christy Avatar

    These are beautiful! It’s so important we feel comfortable during our photos in what we wear! It really does show in the photos!

  2. Aleah Gregory Avatar

    These are gorgeous images! I love your tip on avoiding busy patterns. It helps create a timeless look.

  3. Seattle Birth Photographer Avatar

    I agree on wearing something you feel comfortable and good in! Great tips!

  4. Oahu family photographer Avatar

    Yes! Mama, choose for yourself first. Why do always put ourselves in the corner by starting with everyone else? Great work!

  5. Michele N Quattrin Avatar

    Not only does mama looking comfortable she looks stunning. The images are beautiful.

  6. Ashlie Avatar

    Love all of these tips! These images are gorgeous – love Mama’s dress!

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