Feeling stuck on what to wear for your family and maternity photoshoot? You're not alone. As these cherished photographs will appear in many places, it's important to put together looks that feel 100 percent you.

Before raiding your closet or heading to the store, consider these tips on what to wear (and what to avoid) for your upcoming shoot.

Wear Clothes That Are You

If you and your family are more comfortable in casual clothes like jeans and t-shirts, there's no need to dress up in formal attire. Your outfits should represent your true selves. Look like you, but at your very best. Clothes that make you feel uneasy will look awkward in photographs.

Complement Each Other, But Don't Match

While coordinating outfits is a good idea, matching outfits or patterned prints can be overwhelming in portrait sessions. When deciding on attire with your family, opt for complementing colors and simple patterns. Avoid busy patterns that can distract from the essence of the photos.

Go For Pastels, Cool Colors, and Neutral Tones

Bright neon colors can be jarring in photos. Orange is the least photogenic color, whereas red draws immediate attention to the clothing rather than to you and your family. We want your faces and love to be the focus. Therefore, it's best to opt for softer colors and neutral hues.

Incorporate An Accessory

Accessories can add a pop of personality to your photos, so consider adding at least one accessory per outfit. Ladies can wear a stylish scarf or statement necklace, while guys can layer clothing or add a watch for added visual interest.

Opt for Classic Rather Than Trendy

While trendy outfits can be tempting, it's best to opt for timeless looks that won't date your photos. Choose clothes that will remain timeless and reflect your personal style.

Maternity Portion

Wear a dress that will give you the most flattering silhouette for the maternity portion of the session. Here's what to look for:

  • A dress/top that is tight up top, just above the belly
  • A dress or skirt that flares out starting just above the belly. You don’t want it to be tight underneath the belly.
  • Length should be to the floor and not too much longer so you don’t trip (unless you plan an epic, long dress for just a small portion of the session). It’s okay if it’s midi-length if you want to show off your shoes but typically a floor length dress looks more romantic and flowy.

You can definitely bring another outfit that is completely different, but for the maternity part of the session, this is what we recommend.

Where To Shop For Her

Where To Shop For Him

  1. Rent the Runway
  2. ASOS
  3. Suit Supply
  4. J. Crew
  5. Zara
  6. Leather and Cotton
  7. Nordstrom
  8. H&M
  9. Banana Republic
  10. Target

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