Have you considered taking maternity photos to document your baby bump? A couple of weeks ago, I was able to capture my sweet family and this bump with fall maternity photos taken by the amazing Kellianne Barron.
After having two summer babies, I haven’t had the pleasure of being pregnant in the fall and reaping the benefits of the beautiful weather and scenery. While southeast Texas may not be the coolest fall (or cool at all really), and we don’t have the most gorgeous foliage, we were still able to capture the essence of my favorite season.
I wanted to share our family photos and experience with fall maternity photos in case you’re on the fence about capturing your growing belly and family! (Here’s a spoiler alert, I think it’s completely worth it!)
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Why should I take maternity photos?
You’ll never get this time of life back.
This is such a precious time in your life that you’ll never get back again. Yes, you may become pregnant again, but never with this baby or with your family exactly as it is now.
You’re body is beautiful.
The human body is an amazing thing. The female body is even more amazing. We are capable of creating life from scratch and growing a human over the course of nearly 10 months. If that’s not a reason to take photos of your beautiful form, I don’t know what is!
You may regret it if you don’t.
I didn’t take official maternity photos with my second pregnancy and ended up regretting it! At 38 weeks, I ended up having my sister snap a few photos in my parents’ backyard after an event we attended since we were all dolled up. It was a little late in my pregnancy and I was looking a little swollen, but I’m thankful she captured us at that time. Two weeks later, I would no longer be pregnant and we would have a baby boy in our family!
When should you take maternity photos?
Most photographers will recommend taking maternity pictures between 28 to 36 weeks in your pregnancy. I personally feel like 30-34 weeks is the hot spot because you’re pregnant enough to sport a beautiful baby bump, but the swelling and extra fatigue of the last month of pregnancy hasn’t quite set in yet.
With my daughter, I took my maternity photos at 32 weeks. I was still comfortable enough and my belly was the perfect size to capture!
For this third baby, I took my photos at 30 weeks. I was hoping for a couple of weeks later, but 30 weeks ended up being perfect. Since it’s my third pregnancy, my bump was just the right size for photos and I could still keep up with my two littles.
What to Wear for Fall Maternity Photos
Fall Color Palettes
There are so many different color palettes for fall! I recommend some darker colors mixed with lighter to make everyone stand out. Here are some of my favorite fall colors:
I personally love the burgundy or maroons, mustard, navy and neutral tone accents. You can also add in deep, forest greens or even a dark mauve to your fall color scheme!
Start with the Momma-to-be’s Dress
I recommend finding a maternity dress that you love and creating the rest of the outfit from there. If you’re not sure where to begin, these are my favorite places for maternity dresses:
- Pink Blush Maternity
- Amazon (they really have some beautiful options at affordable prices)
- Mother Bee Maternity
- Sexy Mama Maternity (this is where mine is from)
Each link above will take you directly to dresses and gowns for photoshoots!
What We Wore
We used my maroon maternity dress as the focal point of our color palette. I’m absolutely in love with this dress and the rich coloring. From there I knew I wanted my family in lighter shades of the same color family with my daughter and son standing out a bit in cream.
Mom: Exact Dress (similar, similar, similar) | Necklace | Earrings | Shoes
Sister: Dress | Shoes (similar, similar) | Bow
Brother: Shirt | Shorts | Shoes | Similar Shorts in Boys size
Our Fall Maternity Photos with Baby #3
Now that we’ve talked about why, when and what to wear, let’s take a look at the rest of our photos!
Do the photos speak for themselves?
I can’t stress enough how precious this time is. It is worth capturing and remembering because there will come a day that you barely remember what you looked and felt like pregnant. Having these images will help bring back memories – both good and bad I’m sure – about this special time in life.
If you have any questions about our photos or outfits, don’t hesitate to reach out!
And don’t forget to pin this to your Maternity, Pregnancy or Photography board on Pinterest before you go!
I’m taking mine at 32 weeks in early December. This is our last one, so I definitely didn’t want to miss it. Thanks for all the tips!
That’s exactly how I feel too Jennifer! It’s our last and I want to remember this season of life!
Maternity photo shoots have become a staple in family life. It is good to find tips on how to make these shoots as good as they can be.
These are sooo gorgeous!! We have yet to get family photos done or have any of my pregnancies properly photographed haha. You look amazing mama!
Thank you so much! You should ask for a family photoshoot as a gift for your birthday or the holidays! It’s sooooo worth it!
Such beautiful photos! I love the color theme and your dress!
Thank you! I felt so beautiful in this Sexy Mama Maternity dress!