7 Fun and Creative Ideas to Try for a Maternity Shoot

There is no doubt that photography has become so much more artistic over the last two decades. This coincided with the advent of unique photography technologies such as Purikura, and smartphone camera filters and editing applications, as well as the creative lifestyles that many have.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that when it comes to maternity photography, the possibilities are virtually endless. You can take the usual emotional approach by starting off with an ultrasound image with a written loving message. Or, opt for a humorous one such as comparing your growing belly with your husband’s plumper cake belly.

So, if you are gearing for documenting the life growing inside you with concept maternity photography, here are seven ideas to consider.

1. Light and shadow

Light and shadow are two essential components of photography, and you can use them to your advantage in taking images of your changing body. Some women just like to have their body photographed in shadows every week to show the slow transformation.

Meanwhile, there are some who like to execute meaningful poses to create a silhouette story behind their pregnancy. It’s very artistic and unique.

2.Bump announcement

Bump announcements are for happy parents who like to have fun and use puns. You can see this maternity photography concept all over Pinterest and Instagram. With an erasable pen, write clever messages about pregnancy on your belly and pose in front of the camera.

For example, during the first trimester of your pregnancy when your bump is not yet that obvious, you can create an announcement by writing “bump ahead.” Or, you can also make the announcement by wearing a baker’s outfit and writing the message, “bun in the oven.”

3. Sign messages

This is another humorous way to show off a pregnancy. Hold up a sign to express your life at the moment. And to depict the message on the sign more accurately, dress up according to what you are going through.

For instance, if you are feeling like a champ, perhaps dress up like that empowered woman in vintage clothes flexing her guns. Or, if pregnancy has spiked your appetite, you can hold up a message board beside your belly listing what your bump is made of something like,10 percent ice cream 25 percent, 25 percent french fries, 10 percent cookies, 20 percent cake, 5 percent water, and 5 percent baby.

4. Family love

Show off how all the members in your family are excitedly waiting for the arrival of the little one. Include your husband, other children, even your parents, and also the family pet.

One of the most popular shots for this particular concept is to have your older child in the picture with you. He or she can kiss or hug your bump for the shot, or read a storybook to your bump. This will make for a truly adorable maternity photograph.

5. First-time mom excitement

If you are a first-time mom and you can hardly wait for the arrival of your baby, show it off in a maternity photo shoot by bringing a few things you have in store for your soon-to-come new member of the family.

A locket with the baby’s name on it, booties, and a dress you made are perfect to feature in such a photoshoot.

6. Fashionable mama

Show off your stylish self even if you are heavy with a child. A lot of soon-to-be moms are doing this because, despite the massive change in their form, it should not stop them from looking fancy and flashy.

Take a cue from the actress, Shay Mitchell who still dresses up in sexy designer outfits despite her prominent bump. Or, Victoria Beckham who still looks like the queen of fashion even when heavy with a child.

7. “Manternity” + Maternity

This is another fun concept to work with. If your husband is game for a photoshoot, involve him entirely and get him to do what you intend to do.

A celebrity couple in the Philippines recently went with this concept and shared pictures of the husband wearing and doing what his wife was doing in a separate image. It was hilarious. For sure, your child will get a lot of laughs from the “manternity” + maternity photos of his or her folks one day.

There are still so many other ideas to work with for maternity photography. You are only limited by your imagination. But to make this type of documentation a truly positive experience to remember, make sure to work with the best professionals. Find the leading photography business in your area.

Not only will they have the most skilled photographers, but they will also have a customizable studio for whatever concept you wish to go with. Best of all, if you are not sure about the concept to use for the photoshoot, you can turn to their experience and expertise. They can provide you with their ideas or help you turn your ideas into reality.


Stefanie Descheemaecker is the Studio Manager at Stu Williamson Photography at The Palm Jumeirah – Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. She has been with the company for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the success of the business. A keen amateur photographer, Stef combines her natural creative eye with strong business acumen to help Stu Williamson Photography become the most trusted and successful photography business in the UAE.