How to Prepare for your Maternity Photography Session
Frequently Asked Questions

When should I schedule my maternity photography session?

Dallas photographer poses mom to be in light gray chiffon draping fabric with sheer texture during her maternity photography session

For singleton pregnancies it is best to schedule your maternity photography session around 26-36 weeks depending on how much you are showing. You want to hit the right balance between having a good sized belly and still being able to move around with ease. We also don’t want to end up with a baby and no maternity portraits!


To ensure you get the date you want call ahead of time. Book your date a month or two before you would like to schedule your maternity photography session.

What should I bring to my maternity photography session?

  • Flesh-toned, seamless, underwear and/or shapewear
  • Comfortable slip-on shoes
  • Accessories
  • Special items to be photographed, things like your ultrasound picture or baby shoes
  • Ask your photographer if you need to bring snacks or water – this is something we provide at our studio
  • Lotion! If your skin tends to run dry it is a great idea to prepare ahead of time
  • Games and activities if you have little ones
  • If your session is outdoors bring sunscreen and bug spray
Dallas maternity photographer poses client in white organza skirt dress on gray background during her maternity photography session

How should I prepare ahead of time for my maternity photography session?

Dallas maternity photographer shares closeup portrait of married couple's hands over pregnant belly with rings and tattoo details during their maternity photography session

Your maternity photography session is a good excuse to:

  • Get a manicure. Make sure to choose neutral colors that will coordinate with all of your dress choices.
  • Get a pedicure. Some of your portraits may involve your toes peeking out. Make sure to get a matching pedicure.
  • Some mamas choose to remove their arm or leg hair prior to their session. 
  • Press or steam any clothing prior to your session.
  • Check in with your family members to see if they need any grooming. Now is not the time to try a brand new hairstyle but a nice cut a week ahead is a great idea.

What should I wear to my maternity photography session? What about my family?

  • At Mod L Photography we offer a designer studio wardrobe to choose from for moms and little girls
  • Bring pre-pregnancy jeans and a white button down
  • Dads should wear solid colors and have a few options for shirts
  • Avoid tiny patterns
  • Coordinate don’t match
  • This topic needs it’s own post so I plan to write one soon!
Identical twin sisters expecting two weeks apart pose for their maternity photography session at Dallas maternity photographer Mod L Photography studio back to back wearing black bodysuits

Who should I include in my maternity photography session?

Dallas maternity photographer poses mom to be in white dress at park with her golden doodle during her maternity photography session

Remember that this session is about you and your family. You should include immediate family members, maybe your parents, and definitely your four-legged babies! This is a time to recall what your family looked like as you anticipate the arrival of your new little one. Include siblings, grandparents and your partner. You won’t regret it.

Important reminders for your maternity photography session!

  • Relax and have fun
  • Arrive a bit early
  • Plan for a bit of extra time to get to your session especially if you have little ones with you
  • Don’t be afraid to remind your photographer if they forget something during the session – they want to get all of your special portraits
Expectant couple poses during their maternity photography session with Dallas Maternity Photographer Mod L Photography wearing casual clothes in downtown Dallas

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