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6 maternity photo trends every pregnant mama will love

You'll have breathtaking visuals to remember that sweet baby bump forever.

6 maternity photo trends every pregnant mama will love

Your bump is growing and the weeks are ticking down until baby's arrival. If you're searching for inspiration for your maternity photography session, look no further!

We've gathered our favorite maternity photography trends and photo inspiration to help you plan the perfect session to immortalize your baby bump.

1. Milk baths

Treat yourself to a relaxing soak and great photos with a luxurious milk bath soak. Pro tip: Don't skimp on the florals and greenery!

Griot Photo

Griot Photo

Griot Photo

2. Sillhouette photos

This timeless pose captures your beautiful mama form in all its glory.

Astray Photography

Heather Mohr Photography

Heather Mohr Photography

Mary Sarah Photography

3. Boudoir sessions

Heat things up with a sexy boudoir session. Pregnancy can teach you to love your body more than ever. So rock your confidence and show a little skin for your maternity photo session.

Kendall Lauren Photography

Ariel Kaitlin Photography

Kendall Lauren Photography


4. Flower crowns

Channel your inner boho goddess, your inner flower child and wear this fun floral accessory.

Andrea Linn Photography

Jaime Rogl Photography

DeLine Photography

Monika Thorpe Photography

Kendra's Kreations Photography

5. Lace bodysuits

We love this trendy outfit for accentuating your beautiful curves for your maternity session.

Heather Mohr Photography

Jes Lee Photography

Elle Lily Photography and Videography

Griot Photo

Kendall Lauren Photography


6. Underwater photos

Get creative with the out of the box maternity photo idea. These photos are a true form of art.

Tricia Krefetz, Click. Capture. Create. Photography.

Tricia Krefetz, Click. Capture. Create. Photography.

Tricia Krefetz, Click. Capture. Create. Photography.

Tricia Krefetz, Click. Capture. Create. Photography.

Katogenic Photography

Maternity photos might be last on your list of things to do to prepare for baby's arrival, but we promise you won't regret having them as a lasting memory for years to come. So break out the Pinterest boards and book your favorite photographer, mama.

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