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What to Wear for Maternity Photos in 2022

January 18, 2022

Filed in: Tips

If you’re struggling to figure out what to wear for maternity photos this spring, today’s post is for you! One of the things I’ve been busy with in the off season has been adding new pieces to The Client Closet and updating the links for client style boards. Every booked SSP client gets a personalized style board for their family so that it’s easy to figure out what to wear for your spring family photos, whether you choose to borrow from The Client Closet or not! Each season, I add new season-appropriate links to my folder to choose from when I design the style boards. I’m looking forward to spring after all of our fall colors and sweaters…bring on the dreamy chiffon and floral prints for spring!

I thought today I’d share with you my top four picks for what to wear for maternity photos when you’re including the whole family from some of my go-to boutiques, AND sample style boards so you can see how to style them for family photos! It’s one thing to choose a pretty maternity dress that will look flattering in photos, but if you’ve ever pulled together outfits for five people you know it’s a whole OTHER thing to choose coordinating pieces for everyone else in the family!

What to Wear for Maternity Photos

 

What to Wear for Maternity Pictures – Minimal + Neutral

Floral Gauze Dress with Light Neutrals

What to Wear for Maternity Family Photos Spring 2022 - cottagecore dress in mint

I am just in LOVE with all of the dresses this season at Nothing Fits But! The good news is that their sizing is made to fit both during pregnancy and after, so you can bet I’m going to be buying one for myself even though I’m a solid five years post-pregnancy. I adore the delicate, subdued floral pattern against the ivory, and the graceful sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder. In this family session combination, I made sure the lightweight gauze of the mom’s dress was reflected in the daughter’s dress, with dad and the baby picking up the light neutral colors for an overall simple and organic feel with just a little hint of color.

Mom’s Outfit

Nothing Fits But / Yuki Dress in Floral Gauze

Dad’s Outfit

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Long-Sleeve Slub Thermal Henley in Oatmeal

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Skinny-Fit Washed Comfort Stretch Chino Pant in Stone

Baby’s Outfit

Amazon / Yunersea Newborn Baby Toddler Girl Boy Basic Plain Pocket Bib Overalls Cotton Overall Pants in Khaki (add a long sleeve white onesie underneath for warmth)

Girl’s Outfit

Amazon / GLIGLITTR Toddler Baby Girl Cotton Linen Dress in Green

What to Wear for Maternity Pictures – Earthy + Cozy

Simple Olive Dress with Earth Tones

What to Wear for Maternity Family Photos Spring 2022 - 1

These more muted warm colors photograph so well and could easily work for a fall family photo session too. I love this PinkBlush Maternity dress for its subtle ruffle details and simplicity.

Mom’s Outfit

PinkBlush Maternity / Light Olive Smocked V-Neck Maternity Midi Dress

Dad’s Outfit

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Soft Cotton Rib Stitch Crewneck Sweater in Camel

Amazon / Lee Men’s Performance Series Extreme Motion Straight Fit Tapered Leg Jean in Maverick

Boy’s Outfit

Amazon / OCHENTA Boys’ Long Sleeve Lightweight Denim Shirts in Light Blue

Amazon / Tommy Hilfiger Boys 5-Pocket Trent Pant

Girl’s Outfit

Amazon / VISGOGO Baby Kids Girl Dresses Outfit Solid Color Long Sleeves Single-Breasted Dress in Beige

What to Wear for Maternity Pictures – Country Cottage

Cottage Dress with Cool Tones and Light Neutrals

What to Wear for Maternity Family Photos Spring 2022 grey cottage dress

These light, cool neutrals look so timeless. On warmer days, the little boy could wear a cream colored thermal or cotton tee instead of the sweater. Layering for the weather will be key to keep the kids comfortable: the baby’s romper could easily be worn with a long sleeve onesie underneath and tights, or without on hot spring days. And the casual off-the-shoulder look on mom’s dress is SO perfect for your dream cottage-style portraits…love it!

Mom’s Outfit

Nothing Fits But / Kiko Dress in Grey

Dad’s Outfit

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Long-Sleeve Slub Thermal Henley in Oatmeal

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Skinny-Fit Washed Comfort Stretch Chino Pant in Dark Olive

Boy’s Outfit

Amazon / Boy’s Cream Sweater

The Children’s Place / Boys Baby and Toddler Pull on Straight Jeans in Aged Stone

Girl’s Outfit

Amazon / KCSLLCA Baby Girls Lace Romper Set Ruffle Sleeve Onesie in Cream Apricot (I’d layer a long sleeved white onesie and tights underneath for warmth)

 

What to Wear for Maternity Pictures – Organic + Warm

Layers with Light Tans and Browns

what to wear for spring maternity family photos light tans and browns

As you’re deciding what to wear for spring family photos in Portland, remember that it can still be cold in the evenings. You’re going to want some layers, because you just never know what the weather will bring! I love to have anyone wearing a sleeveless dress also bring a neutral, oversized chunky cardigan that they can wear off their shoulders to cover their arms, if not in the photos then at least to cozy up in between shots.

Mom’s Outfit

PinkBlush Maternity / Beige Smocked Tie Strap Maternity Midi Dress

Amazon / Actloe Womens Open Front Chunky Knit Long Sleeve Cardigan in Yellow Brown (size up by one or two sizes for an oversized, off the shoulder look)

Dad’s Outfit

Amazon / Wolverine Men’s Walden Long Sleeve Blended Thermal 3 Button Henley Shirt in Bison

Amazon / Goodthreads Men’s Skinny-Fit Washed Comfort Stretch Chino Pant in Stone

Boy’s Outfit

Amazon / Ashmyova Boys Cotton Linen Shirt in Grey

Amazon / Tommy Hilfiger Boys 5-Pocket Trent Pant

Girl’s Outfit

Amazon / Curipeer Little Girl Cotton Linen Dress in Khaki

 

I hope this helps as you figure out what to wear for maternity photos this year! If you still need to book your photos, contact me to chat about available dates, or hop through the blog to see some more maternity and family photos in Portland.

 

You might also love these other posts on what to wear for family photos:

SPRING FAMILY PICTURE OUTFITS: WHAT TO WEAR
WHERE TO SHOP FOR DRESSES FOR PHOTO SESSIONS
WHAT TO WEAR FOR BRIGHT AND AIRY FALL FAMILY PHOTOS

Looking for more help with what to wear for your maternity photos, and how to coordinate the rest of the family? Download my free Family Session Wardrobe Guide below!

 

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  1. Miranda says:

    I have that same dress in Camel! Earth Tones & Light Neutrals are my go to!

  2. Mary says:

    I love the layers with the lights browns. That chunky sweater looks awesome!! Such a helpful and great post!! Thank you for sharing.
    mary

  3. Rob says:

    Great suggestions Samantha! Bless you for being thorough enough to research all this for your clients!

  4. Kristin says:

    What great tips!!

  5. Josephine says:

    I love the #1, the colors really speak to me. But… All mood boards look gorgeous now when I have a second look 😂

  6. Jeana says:

    This is such a good idea! I love your outfit combinations.

  7. Jenn says:

    Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING! Thank you for making it so easy to put these outfit combos together, too!

  8. Sophia says:

    Loving these suggestions so much!!

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