50 Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

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Maternity Photography Inspiration

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

Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

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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.  What’s more, we even put together this guide of awesome pregnancy announcement ideas that you have to check out! 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

SOURCES:  {A} Chard Photographer {B} Ettevy Photography {C} Susanne Ashby Photography {D} K & J Diaries {E} Little Blonde Book

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

Maternity Poses Lying Down

SOURCES:  {A} Allen Kramer on Veronika’s Blushing {B} Kate Benson Photography {C} Kate Elizabeth Photography {D} Kate Benson Photography {E} Ava Marie Photography

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

Favorite Maternity Poses

SOURCES:  {A} Atonagel Photography {B} Maria Snider Photography {C} Kate Benson Photography {D} Erin Fonnesbeck Photography {E} Kate Elizabeth Photography

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} The De Jaureguis {B} Loriana Marie Photography {C} Elizabeth Ann Photography {D} Mom Photo {E} Stine Pedersen Photography

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

Sitting Maternity Photography Poses

SOURCES:  {A} Chard Photographer {B} Chard Photographer {C} Andria Lindquist {D} Kelly Hicks Design {E} Devon Anne Photography

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} Carolyn Kipper Photography {B} Susanne Ashby Photography {C} Kensie Lee Photography {D} Carolyn Kipper {E} Kate Elizabeth Photography

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

Maternity Silhouette Photo

SOURCES:  {A} Mom Photo {B} The Red Letter Days {C} Kelly Hicks Design {D} Heather Sali Photography {E} Susanne Ashby Photography

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

Maternity Shadow Photo

SOURCES:  {A} Erin Wallis Photography {B} Jamado Photography {C} Whitney Owen Photography {D} The Image is Found {E} Kate Benson Photography

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} Yuna Leonard Photography {B} Aria Photography {C} Carolyn Kipper Photography {D} Susanne Ashby Photography {E} Carolyn Kipper Photography

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

Silly Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} Claudia Farr Photography {B} Heather Sali Photography {C} Casey’s Chaos {D} Atonagel Photography {E} Lucky Friday Studios

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} Susanne Ashby Photography {B} Photography by Asiya {C} David Richards Photography {D} Atonagel Photography {E} Laura Murray Photography

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

Couple Poses for Maternity Session

SOURCES:  {A} Kelly Klatt {B} B Couture Photography {C} Susanne Ashby Photography {D} Mary Kizina Photography {E} Jessica Blex

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

Maternity Photography Pose Ideas for Couples

SOURCES:  {A} Christine Choi {B} Chard Photographer {C} Kelly Klatt {D} B Couture Photography {E} Atonagel Photography

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

Maternity Photography Inspiration for Couples

SOURCES:  {A} Kristin LaRue {B} Carolyn Kipper Photography {C} Claudia Farr Photography {D} Jessica Blex {E} Melissa Gomez Photography

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} Ettevy Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} Chard Photographer {D} Susanne Ashby Photography {E} EP Love

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

Adorable Maternity Pose Ideas and Inspiration

SOURCES:  {A} Braedon Photography {B} B Couture Photography {C} Chard Photographer {D} Lizelle Lotter Photography {E} Carolyn Kipper Photography

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

Romantic Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} Ettevy Photography {B} Kate Benson Photography {C} Christine Choi {D} Kate Elizabeth Photography {E} Yuna Leonard Photography

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

Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} Lily Love Photography {B} Carolyn Kipper Photography {C} Jamado Photography {D} B Couture Photography {E} Lily Love Photography

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

Cute Pregnancy Pictures

SOURCES:  {A} The De Jaureguis {B} Nicole Paulson Photography {C} Lightly Photo {D} B Couture Photography {E} Kelly Garvey Photography

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} Erin Fonnesbeck Photography {B} Diana Elizabeth Blog {C} Christine Choi {D} Carolyn Kipper Photography {E} EP Love

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

SOURCES:  {A} The De Jaureguis {B} Lightly Photo {C} Carolyn Rife Photography {D} Laura Murray Photography {E} Ettevy Photography

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

Creative Pregnancy Pose Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} Chase and Katie {B} B Couture Photography {C} Ettevy Photography {D} Chard Photographer {E} Carolyn Kipper Photography

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

Favorite Poses for Maternity Photo Shoot

SOURCES:  {A} Kate Elizabeth Photography {B} Erica Williams {C} Chard Photographer {D} Heather Sali Photography {E} Christine Naomi Photography

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

Maternity Session Inspiration

SOURCES:  {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Ettevy Photography {C} Laura Murray Photography {D} Chard Photographer {E} Kensie Lee Photography

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} Cami Worthington {B} Heather Sali Photography {C} Loriana Marie Photography {D} Kate Elizabeth Photography {E} Kelly Bik Photography

Poses For The Big Brother/ Sister

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

Darling Maternity Poses with Older Siblings

SOURCES:  {A} Kensie Lee Photography {B} B Couture Photography {C} Elizabeth Ann Photography {D} Kreatid {E} B Couture Photography

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} Jamado Photography {B} B Couture Photography {C} Wild Whim Photography {D} Diary of a Fit Mommy {E} Live Joy Photography


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

Pregnancy Photo Shoot with Big Brother or Sister

SOURCES:  {A} Live Joy Photography {B} Nicole Paulson Photography {C} Atonagel Photography {D} Susanne Ashby Photography {E} Maria Snider Photography

29.  A Little Fun– Don’t forget to have a little fun with your little mini during your maternity photo shoot!

Cutest Maternity Picture Ideas Ever

SOURCES:  {A} Carolyn Kipper Photography {B} Evin Photography {C} Kate Elizabeth Photography {D} Ashley Johnson Photography {E} Connection Photography

Poses For The Whole Family

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

Maternity Poses for Families

SOURCES:  {A} M Houser Photography {B} Carolyn Kipper Photography {C} Jamado Photography {D} Chard Photographer {E} B Couture Photography

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

Family Maternity Picture Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} Evin Photography {B} Rebekah Westover Photography {C} M Houser Photography {D} Jessica Hamlin Photography {E} Kate Benson Photography

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

Family Maternity Session Photography Inspiration

SOURCES:  {A} Chard Photographer {B} M Houser Photography {C} Dave Richards Photography {D} Live Joy Photography {E} Carolyn Kipper

33.  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} Cozy Clicks Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} Eric Kelley {D} Christine Naomi Photography {E} Jeanna Hayes Photo

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

Unique Family Maternity Pictures

SOURCES:  {A} Aria Photography {B} Bambini Photography {C} Evin Photography {D} Drew B Photography {E} Nicole Paulson Photography

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

Family Silhouette Maternity Photo

SOURCES:  {A} Jamado Photography {B} Atonagel Photography {C} Jamado Photography {D} Wildflower Photgraphy {E} Chard Photographer

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

Lifestyle Maternity Family Photos

SOURCES:  {A} Carolyn Kipper Photography {B} Erin Wallis Photography {C} Chard Photographer {D} Kate Benson Photography {E} Chard Photographer

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

Maternity Family Portraits

SOURCES:  {A} Rebekah Westover Photography {B} Devon Anne Photography {C} Aria Photography {D} Christine Naomi Photography {E} Chard Photographer

38.  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} Atonagel Photography {B} Brooke Ashley Photography {C} Jamado Photography {D} Kate Benson Photography {E} Maria Snider Photography

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.

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

Prop Ideas for Maternity

SOURCES:  {A} Carolyn Kipper Photography {B} Allyson Cheney with epagaFOTO {C} Nicole Paulson Photography

40.  Book-  Get a picture with your favorite baby book, like Guess How Much I Love You, Are You My Mother?, I Love You Forever, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Books for Maternity Photo Shoot Prop

SOURCES:  {A} Whit Meza Photography {B} Kelly Hicks Design {C} Ettevy Photography {D} Kathleen Amelia Photography {E} Tammy Cedar Photography

41.  Balloons-  Colored balloons are a great way to incorporate the baby’s gender. These giant, round balloons always photograph beautifully!

Maternity Photography Inspiration with Balloons

SOURCES:  {A} Carolyn Kipper Photography {B} Christine Choi {C} Diary of a Fit Mommy {D} Baby Bliss Photography {E} Nicole Paulson Photography

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

Maternity Poses Using a Chair

SOURCES:  {A} The De Jaureguis {B} Kelly Hicks Design {C} Braedon Photography {D} Casey Martinez Photography {E} Kate Benson Photography

43.  Letters-  Spell out your baby’s name, gender, or any message you like! You can grab some ready-to-paint MDF letters here.

Maternity Photography Inspiration Including Fun Prop Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} Nicole Paulson Photography {B} Chard Photographer {C} Kristin LaRue {D} Ashley Johnson Photography {E} Chard Photographer

44.  Sonogram-  Bring along your baby’s sonogram for some sweet, personalized pictures. This is the perfect frame to use for the first photo.

Maternity Photo Using Sonogram

SOURCES:  {A} Live Joy Photography {B} Devon Anne Photography {C} Susanne Ashby Photography {D} Ashley Johnson Photography {E} Allen Kramer on Veronika’s Blushing

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

Baby Clothes as Prop for Maternity Photo Shoot

SOURCES:  {A} Ettevy Photography {B} Nicole Paulson Photography {C} Melissa Gomez Photography {D} Tiffany from Sarah Pudlo & Co {E} M Houser Photography

46.  Bump Sign-  Draw attention to your cute bump with a traffic “Bump” sign. You can get your very own here!

Creative Maternity Photos

SOURCES:  {A} Nicole Paulson Photography {B} Julie Parker Photography {C} Trish Barker Photography {D} Nicole Paulson Photography

47.  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} Connection Photography {B} Bumble Alley Photography {C} Nicole Paulson Photography {D} Backyard Boutique {E} B Couture Photography

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

Maternity Photo with Pet

SOURCES:  {A} Ettevy Photography {B} Nicole Paulson Photography {C} Drew B Photography


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.

49.  Globe or Map-  Use a map or globe to show what area of the world your baby is coming from.

Adoption Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

SOURCES:  {A} Justin and Hannah {B} Jillian Burden {C} Jessica Overholt {D} Arielle Elise Photography {E} Jessica Overholt {F} Jessica Overholt

50.  Sign-  Use a sign to create your own personal and heartfelt message to your baby. A simple, ready-to-paint chalkboard like this would work perfectly! It will be a picture s/he will keep forever. Don’t forget your chalk markers.

Adoption Photo Sign

SOURCES:  {A} Arielle Elise Photography {B} Justin and Hannah {C} Justin and Hannah {D} Arielle Elise Photography {E} Justin and Hannah


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!**

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Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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33 Responses to 50 Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

  1. Hi. I love your blog, but for the last couple of months, I have not been able to view the pictures in your posts. Usually I don’t worry about it and just read the writing. But for this post I would have liked to have been able to see the pics. Anyone else having this problem? Did you guys make any changes within the last couple of months that might be causing the images to load super slowly? Thanks!

  2. i would like to see photos of blended families with way older children. i have a son in his early twenties and a teenager and lastly (for now) a four year old.

  3. Love this list. Seriously the most comprehensive and creative list I’ve found. Not to mention all the images are actually good shots and put together well. Awesome job. This is my first time to the site. Love.

    1. Hmmm… they all seem to be showing up for me. For each idea there are several photo examples. To see each photo in more detail, just click the links under the source section for each picture. Does that answer your question?

    1. Hmmm… that’s strange. The pictures are working on my end. Did you try clearing your cache or using a different browser? Definitely let us know if it’s still giving you trouble.

  4. Beautiful collection! But just an idea for future reference, you may want to put foster/adoption first (in my opinion). My husband & I have had multiple miscarriages over 12 years and now starting the foster to adopt process. Looking through all the maternity pictures was hard for me personally. Although I am happy for all these other ladies, it’s still rough. Again great job!

  5. Ok..these were cute and to the point and you can even build off some of them. Thank you! I especially loved the adoption ones! Because, we all know not everyone can birth their babies…those were beautiful. thank you for including them