Wondering how to document and remember the journey you’ve just been on for the past 9 months? If so, you should consider doing a maternity photo shoot. They are a celebration of the life you are creating while allowing you to be pampered by a team of professionals.
If you’re planning a photoshoot, it’s a good idea to have a list of prop ideas you may want to use.
Here’s a list of our favorite props and accessories to use during your maternity photo shoot.
Wooden Blocks for Maternity Prop Ideas
You know the ones: the colorful blocks with letters and numbers on the sides. Use these to spell out the baby’s name. If you don’t know the gender, you can spell out the last name for a fun twist.
Pick a couple of your favorite clothing items to bring along to the shoot with you. It can be a pair of baby shoes, a onesie, or a handmade shawl. Draping these items over your bump will showcase it beautifully.
Ultrasound Pictures for Maternity Prop Ideas
Using an ultrasound picture as the focus with you in the background gives a unique perspective. Moreover, dad can even join in on the fun.
Flowers for Maternity Prop Ideas
Whether you decide to use real or fake flowers, they can bring a natural vibe to your photo shoot. This faux flower bralette (and optional crown) is a unique prop to bring some color while still clearly showing your pregnancy bump. Flowers can also be incorporated in other ways, like in your hair, for added details.
Putting an item like Daddy’s hat over your bump shows how much Dad is involved with baby thus far. However, if he doesn’t wear a hat, any item that he wears or uses regularly can be used. Some other examples would be gloves, ties, construction helmets, firefighter gear, etc.
Food for Maternity Prop Ideas
If you’re a foodie, incorporate that into your maternity photo shoot! Do a cake smash, eat your pregnancy cravings, or do a stylized shoot. Some stylized examples might be Fiesta using chips and salsa, Summer using watermelon and a swimsuit, or English with tea and macaroons.
Additionally, bring a bit of whimsy and fun to your shoot with balloons. They can be plain colors for a simple look or crazy character balloons for the exciting couple.
Drape light, airy fabrics over your body for a sexy and natural feel. Use thick fur fabric for winter babies, or as a prop to lay on for overhead perspective shots. Similarly, we have another post showing our tips on the best outfit ideas during your maternity photo shoot.
Throw your superstitions to the side for this fun prop idea. For example, you can use an umbrella to cast shadows or as a prop to a darling Mary Poppins styled shoot.
Ultimately, your props should add value to the photos without taking away from your beauty. Sometimes, less is more.
This is an exceptional period of your life where your body is growing a tiny human. For this reason, let us pamper you and take beautiful photos that you can look back on in awe for years to come.
We’d love to have the opportunity to bring you into our studio for a pampering photo shoot session that will leave you feeling confident and strong. We take special care to make sure you’re comfortable and have the photoshoot of your dreams.