August 28, 2015

50 Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas


Get ready for some serious…

Maternity Photography Inspiration

Today we’re sharing 50 stunning maternity photo shoot ideas!

Lots of DARLING Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas


Yep, you asked and we listened!  Ever since we aired our 101 Tips and Ideas for Couples Photography, 101 Family Picture Tips & Ideas, AND 50+ Tips and Ideas for Newborn Photography, we’ve had several of you asking for MATERNITY photography inspiration.  Well… today we are delivering!  

To make browsing easier for you, we’ve divided the post into the following categories:

  • 40 Maternity Poses
  • 10 Maternity Prop Ideas
  • BONUS: Adoption Photo Shoot Ideas

This post is seriously PACKED with photography examples and inspiration.  Trust me when I say, you’re going to want to pin this baby right now!  Then just sit back, relax, and SCROLL!

Okay, all pinned and ready to go?  First up is…

Maternity Poses

Maternity Posing Guide


Just for YOU, we’ve put together the ULTIMATE…

Maternity Photography Posing Guide


With 40 pose ideas! Including ideas for:

  • The Mom
  • The Couple
  • The Big Brother/ Sister
  • The Whole Family

Your photographer is sure to have great ideas and guidance on posing, but it’s a great idea to find some poses that you LOVE beforehand to show your photographer.  That way you’re sure to get on the same page and you’ll be able to capture just the kind of shots you’re looking for and will treasure forever!

Poses For The Mom-to-Be

1.  Front View-  Besides the classic belly profile, don’t forget to take a straight-on front view facing the camera.

Maternity Pose Ideas

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2.  Lying Down-  Lying on your back is often a very flattering pose and angle to capture.

Maternity Poses Lying Down

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3.  Belly Profile-  Of course, you have to have a classic profile view to showcase your belly.

Favorite Maternity Poses

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4.  Peeking-  Here’s a fun idea, hide behind a tree, door, or wall with just your belly and face peeking out.

Creative Maternity Poses

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

5.  Sitting- Here are a variety of fun poses you can try while sitting down.

Sitting Maternity Photography Poses

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6.  From Above- Ask your photographer is s/he can get a shot from above for a very flattering view of your figure.  (It gets rid of that double chin in an instant!)

Maternity Photo From Above

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

7.  Silhouette- Try capturing a silhouette for a truly stunning and timeless picture.

Maternity Silhouette Photo

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

8.  Shadow- Have fun playing with shadows for a unique maternity photo.

Maternity Shadow Photo

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

9.  All Belly –  Besides the full-body shots, make sure you get a couple close-ups zoomed in on your cute belly.

Maternity Pictures Belly Close-Up

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

10.  Silly-  If you’re not the serious type, feel free to get goofy and have fun with it!

Silly Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}


Poses For Couples

11.  Holding Hands-  Hold hands while you walk for a candid and natural looking photo.

Cute Maternity Poses for Couples

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

12.  Back to Back- Stand back to back to really show off your baby bump.

Couples Poses for Maternity Session

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13.  Face to Face- Lean in until your foreheads are touching for a seriously sweet picture.

Maternity Photography Pose Ideas for Couples

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14.  Hugging- Get a picture hugging to capture sincere expressions and emotions.

Maternity Photography Inspiration for Couples

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15.  Hug from Behind- Having your husband hug you from behind is a great pose for showing off the belly and still feeling natural.

Darling Maternity Photo Ideas for Couples

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

16.  Side Hug- Try facing the camera while your husband turns away for a sweet side hug.

Adorable Maternity Pose Ideas and Inspiration

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17.  Kissing- There no better way to capture your love on film than with a couple kissing pictures.

Romantic Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

18.  Upside Down Kiss- Here’s a fun kissing pose that is great for showing off your baby belly.

Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

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19.  Forehead Kiss- This pose is great for capturing genuine emotions.

Cute Pregnancy Pictures

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20.   Top of Head Kiss- There’s nothing sweeter than a top of the head kiss, except for maybe a picture that includes a cute baby bump too.

Sweet Maternity Poses and Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

21.  Hand on Cheek- Placing your hand on your spouse’s cheek is a great way to soften up a picture.

Best Poses for Maternity Photo Session

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22.  Lying Down- Here are several fun poses you can try out lying on the ground.

Creative Pregnancy Pose Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

23.  Sitting- Trying sitting in between your spouse’s legs or leaning back into his chest.

Favorite Poses for Maternity Photo Shoot

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24.  Hug Belly- Here are some cute poses that put the focus completely on baby!

Maternity Session Inspiration

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25.  Silly- Don’t be afraid to get a little silly together for some fun pictures that show off your personalities. 

Funny Maternity Picture Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

Poses For The Big Brother/ Sister

26.  Hug Belly- Capture a picture of your son or daughter hugging your belly.

Darling Maternity Poses with Baby's Older Sibling

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

27.  Kiss Belly- You don’t even have to get them to look at the capture if you ask them to kiss your tummy.

Maternity Pose Ideas with Toddler

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

28.  Show Bellies- Here are some fun ideas for showing off those cute bellies!

Cutest Maternity Picture Ideas Ever

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29.  Sitting on Belly- Let your toddler sit on your growing belly with this darling pose.

Pregnancy Photo Shoot With Big Brother or Sister

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30.  Stethoscope- Let your child have fun trying to listen to baby with a stethoscope.

Creative Maternity Photography Ideas

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Poses For The Whole Family

31.  Standing- Here are a variety of wonderful family standing poses.

Maternity Poses for Families

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

32.  Sitting- Try one of these creative sitting poses while interacting with your family.

Family Maternity Picture Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

33.  Kissing- Snap a shot of the whole family sharing some love.

Family Maternity Session Photography Inspiration

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34.  Hugging- Hugging poses are great at capturing your family’s personalities and expressions, and you don’t even have to have the kids look at the camera.

Darling Family Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

35.  Hands on Belly- Have every place a hand on mommy’s belly.

Unique Family Maternity Pictures

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36.  Silhouette- Arrange the lighting and timing to capture a family silhouette that you’ll treasure forever.

Family Silhouette Maternity Photo

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

37.  Playing- Get a photo of your family playing and interacting together.

Lifestyle Maternity Family Photos

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

38.  Holding Hands- Here’s a simple pose, just line up and hold hands.

Maternity Family Portraits

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39.  Lying Down- Lie down and get comfortable, while the photographer gets a shot from the side or from above.

Fun Family Poses for Maternity Photo Session

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

40.  Mom in Front- Focus on mom’s belly in the foreground, with the rest of the family in the background.

Cute Poses to Add Depth to Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}


Maternity Prop Ideas

Maternity Photo Shoot Prop Ideas


Adding some fun and unique props is a great way to personalize your pictures and turn an ordinary photo shoot into an extraordinary one.  Here are lots of fun ideas to get the wheels spinning.

41.  Umbrella-  Use an umbrella to capture shadows or just add a fun pop of color.

Prop Ideas for Maternity Photography

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

42.  Book-  Get a picture with your favorite baby book.

Maternity Photo Shoot Prop Ideas- these are so cute

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43.  Balloons-  Colored balloons are a great way to incorporate the baby’s gender.

Maternity Photography Inspiration- Balloons as a Prop

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

44. Chair-  Use a decorative chair for different posing options.

Maternity Poses Using a Chair

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

45.  Letters-  Spell out your baby’s name, gender, or any message you like!

Maternity Photography Inspiration Including Fun Prop Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

46.  Sonogram-  Bring along your baby’s sonogram for some sweet, personalized pictures.

Maternity Photo Using Sonogram

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47.  Baby Clothes-  Aren’t these photos showcasing baby’s clothes just adorable?

Baby Clothes as Prop for Maternity Photo Shoot

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

48.  Bump Sign-  Draw attention to your cute bump with a traffic “Bump” sign.

Creative Maternity Photos

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49.  Flowers-  Flowers a great prop because they are natural, but still add color and interest to the photo.

Flowers for a Maternity Photo Shoot

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

50.  Pet-  If you have a pet, why not bring him along to sneak into a couple of pictures?

Maternity Photo With Pet

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BONUS: Adoption Photo Shoot Ideas

Adoption Photo Shoot Ideas


We just ADORE all of the fun adoption photo shoots that have been popping up on pinterest.  What a great alternative to the traditional maternity photo sessions!  These are pictures you and your baby are sure to treasure forever.

51.  Globe-  Use a globe to show what area of the world your baby is coming from.

Adoption Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

52.  Map-  Use a map of your baby’s country, or even a world map if you’re not sure where you’ll be adopting from yet.

Adoption Photo Shoot Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

53.  Sign-  Use a sign to create your own personal and heartfelt message to your baby.  It will be a picture s/he will keep forever.

Adoption Phto Sign

SOURCES:  {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}


And there you have it!  More ideas than you’ll ever know what to do with.  {Told you it was worth the pin.}

**We did our very best to find and link to the original sources of each photo, but if you see a photo that is not linked correctly, please let us know so we can fix it.  We definitely want to give credit where credit is due.  We are so grateful for these wonderfully talented photographers who capture memories so beautifully!**

If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to check out all our other photography round-ups…

101 Family Picture Tips & Ideas

101 Tips & Ideas for Couples Photography

50 Creative Pregnancy Announcements

100 Gender Reveal Announcement Ideas

50+ Tips & Ideas for Newborn Photography

50 Back to School Photography Tips & Ideas

50 Fall Family Photo Ideas

101 Creative Christmas Card Ideas

50 Tips & Ideas for Spring Photography

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