The best time to stage a maternity photo shoot is when you're between 31 to 35 weeks into pregnancy — the belly is round and prominent, said photographer Sofia Genato of The Stork Studio. “More moms are now looking for more than just studio portraits,” she added. If this sounds like you and you're looking for maternity shoot ideas, you've come to the right place! Here are a few themes you can take inspiration from:
1. Milk bath
Have a soft, feminine and stunning photo shoot with a milk bath theme. For the photo above, photographer Neva Michelle Santiago mixed coffee creamer and water to get the opacity she wanted, and she used faux blooms in pastel colors.
2. Happy at home
Want something that's less of a production? Do a maternity shoot at home! You can use this photo of celeb couple Iya Villania and Drew Arellano as a peg.It is easy to pull off and low budget (it can be any corner of your house but pick one with lots of natural light). And when modeling isn't your day job, being playful and sweet in front of the camera will be more relaxed at home.
Kylie Padilla had several maternity shoots during her pregnancy and this one shot at Museo De Padilla, has her looking like a diyosa in a pristine white dress surrounded by flowers. Contact the venue through Facebook.com/museodepadilla.
4. Go artsy
Set up a photo shoot at a museum for extra artsy photos. The artworks and architecture will surely make your shots pop! The photo above was taken at the Ronac Art Center in Ortigas, San Juan. Email them at email@example.com for inquiries. 5. Sweater weather
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Former actress Paula Peralejo-Fernandez's maternity shoot was in chilly Bagiuo amid tall trees and lush greenery. She looks chic and cozy in a chunky scarf and bump-hugging black dress. See more from this photo shoot here.
Underwater maternity shoots recently became a popular theme for expecting moms. It's unique, fresh, and the photos display a delicate and graceful quality. Even Beyoncé had one! Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla had one of her own, and she did photos both under and above water. If you've got access to a pool, why not go for it?
Couple Michelle Madrigal and Troy Woolfolk had no fancy set, props or outfits. Michelle simply flaunted her your preggy curves for this shoot. 8. Bump squad
If you don't mind sharing the spotlight, have a #bumpsquad maternity shoot with your preggy mom friends! It's what "buntis batchmates" celebrity moms Camille Prats, LJ Moreno, Nikka Garcia, and Valerie Garcia, together with Jeck Maierhofer, wife of PBA player Rico Maierhofer, and Charisse Tinio, owner of Nice Print Photography did for their maternity photo. Of course, they had solo shots.
9. DIY shoot
Neri Naig-Miranda understands "budget-friendly" — her outfits are finds from an ukay-ukay and Divisoria (amazing!). She also didn't have to rent a venue since this was shot at her lovely and bright Tagaytay home. She "splurged" with by getting pros (who happened to be her friends) for her glam team. Shaira Luna took the photos, and her makeup was done by makeup artist Dang Miranda.
10. Black and white
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Here's an easy photo shoot idea that you can do monthly to document your growing belly. Just like Toni Gonzaga, make use of the light streaming from your windows and have a black and white silhouette photo shoot.
For the bold and daring momma, "nude with nature" is a maternity shoot idea that may interest you. For pegs, check out the work of artist and photographer Christophe Guinet from France. His idea involves covering the pregnant mom with dainty leaves and flowers. The result is nothing short of amazing!
All you need is a pretty dress, fairy lights, and a cloth backdrop for a maternity photo shoot like Nikka Garcia's photograph. We also love her fresh and natural looking makeup.
14. Full-on glam
We think gowns are just beautiful on pregnant women. Opt for a jersey material if you want it to hug your curves, Peg suggestions? Chynna Ortaleza-Cipriano!
If you're willing to put in just a little more effort, time lapse maternity videos are a popular way to document your pregnancy journey. You'll have to do a mini photo shoot session now and then, but the result can be worth it! We love this "balloon belly" idea by couple Shani Maivar and Matan Tamarkin.