Dressing for a maternity photoshoot is a big concern among moms-to-be, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. It can actually be pretty simple—wear what accentuates your body, emphasises your bump, and makes you feel amazing! For many women, that’s a jaw-dropping maternity gown, and we don’t blame you!
A pregnancy photoshoot is a great chance to glam yourself up, after all. And nowadays, maternity gowns come in all different colours and styles, so there will always be something for every shape, taste, and theme. You can buy them nearly everywhere, too, from your favourite online brand to a nearby department store to a modiste that can customise it.
Your Favourite Brands
Check your favourite brands’ maternity sections to see if they have gowns, or at least long dresses (i.e. maxi dresses), that you can use for your shoot. By buying from a shop you already trust, whether that’s online or in person, you can ensure that the quality is to your standards and that it will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.
A Department Store
Department stores often carry every style of clothing—and that includes maternity gowns. This route will take more effort, given the number of choices that these giant retailers usually have. But it’s a great way to consider all of your options and find cost-effective deals!
A modiste can customise a maternity gown just for you based on your taste and size, making for the perfect dress! This will probably be more expensive than buying something off the rack, but if you have a budget and a vision, go for it!
Tips for Buying Maternity Gowns
Here are some tips to help you get the best maternity gown for your pregnancy photoshoot:
Keep It Simple
Gowns are often the star of the show, but remember that at a maternity photoshoot, your bump should be the focus. Don’t choose something that’s too distracting-the simpler, the better!
Find What Feels Good
Prioritise your comfort. You’ll want a gown you feel good in because how you feel in it will often come through in your photos.
Some photographers, like Valent Lau Photography, have partnered with gown rental services where you can borrow a dress for the shoot and then return it right after. This is a budget-friendly and sustainable option and a great choice for those who don’t need another dress in their wardrobe. Because it comes from a rental service, you can rest assured each item is professionally cleaned between clients.
What Else to Wear in a Maternity Photoshoot
You can really wear whatever you want at your maternity photoshoot-if a gown just isn’t you, consider these other options:
While maternity photoshoots are an opportunity to dress up, they’re also a chance to display a very real experience. Nothing says “natural” more than the clothes you wear daily-you can be in a plain t-shirt and jeans and still take home meaningful photos, especially when you have a photographer like Valent Lau Photography capturing organic moments instead of unnatural maternity photo poses.
Lingerie adds some sensuality to a maternity photoshoot while effectively pointing the focus to your natural being. You get to zero in on your body-particularly your bump- while alluding to the miracle that your womanhood holds and its power to bring life to the world.
Dresses are a favourite for maternity photoshoots. They offer a lot of variety, and they can be as dressed up or dressed down as you’d like. For a simpler look, you can opt for a solid-coloured bodycon dress to really show off your bump, or a sundress to show off your personality.
Use Our Fabrics
Valent Lau Photography has a range of fabrics that can be used for a flowy gown effect. They’re highly versatile, and sometimes what you think is a gown may just be some material held together in strategic places.
Find Your Perfect Look With Valent Lau Photography
Valent Lau Photography is determined to make your maternity photoshoot as seamless as possible so that your photos come out naturally beautiful, no matter what gown or outfit you choose. Reach out to us and book your maternity session today!
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