How To Have A Magical Christmas Maternity Photoshoot
Need some inspiration for a Christmas maternity photoshoot? Check out our list of fantastic ideas for celebrating a winter pregnancy!
The winter season is the perfect setting for stunning maternity photos. From gorgeous natural backdrops, to colorful fall leaves, to crisp white snow, to magical holiday decorations, winter is the ideal time to show off that baby bump with some breathtaking maternity photos!
Maternity Christmas Photoshoot Ideas
Christmas time and the holiday season is the perfect time for maternity photo sessions. As you approach your due date, consider scheduling a maternity photoshoot to capture the Christmas season and your beautiful baby belly.
The ideal time for a maternity photoshoot is the third trimester, when your baby bump will be prominent and easy to see. Include the whole family (fur babies as well!) in the photos for some incredible memories. Winter is the perfect balance between extravagant and rich, and cozy and warm. Dress up or dress down, but wear something that makes you feel like you truly embody the spirit of the holidays in your photoshoot.
Before your maternity Christmas photoshoot, be sure to talk with your photographer about potential ideas and scenes for pictures.
Looking for a great idea for maternity photos? Check out this list!
Christmas is the perfect time of year to do a maternity photoshoot, and snap some amazing images of your family as you experience the love and excitement of anxiously waiting for your new bundle of joy to arrive.
1. Blurred Tree Idea
A fun maternity Christmas photoshoot idea is to find the perfect spot to showcase the pregnant belly in front of the Christmas tree. Set up good lighting for your picture, and turn those Christmas lights on for a warm, whimsical glow. Wear form-fitting clothing to show off the pregnancy belly, and make sure you are front and center.
A professional photographer will know how to stage this simple photo, but if you're taking photos at home with your own camera or phone, try to shoot in "portrait mode" so that the tree in the background is blurred. Focus on the belly to avoid also blurring the whole photo. Form-fitting clothes will really show off your adorable baby bump!
2. Holding The Pregnant Belly
One of the simplest photoshoot ideas is to have the pregnant woman hold her belly for photos, or have her partner cradle her belly in their hands. The woman or couple can sit or stand for these photos, but be sure to focus on postures that emphasize the round baby belly.
To add a Christmas spin to these pictures, the woman or couple can wear flannel shirts, Christmas sweaters or a Christmas dress, or matching holiday pajamas.
3. Ultrasound Photo In A Festive Frame
Capture the joy and wonder of pregnancy by showcasing an ultrasound picture in a festive frame, or surrounded by festive items like garland, a wreath, holly, twinkling lights, fake snow, or tree branches. Simply put your ultrasound photo in a frame, and set up the perfect photoshoot background with holiday items. Shoot the photo with lots of natural light. You can even use a photo editing app to create a beautiful holiday keepsake of your ultrasound photo!
4. Plan a Pregnancy Couple Photoshoot Idea
One of the best photoshoot ideas for a winter maternity shot are couple poses. Plan an adorable couple's photo session complete with matching or coordinating clothes, fun winter elements like a Christmas tree or Christmas lights, and lots of joy as you both celebrate this special time in your lives.
Couples photo shoots can be the perfect opportunity to celebrate how excited you are to welcome a new life into the world. Pictures can include snuggling on the couch, enjoying a meal/pregnancy craving at your favorite local spot, going on a wintery walk together, posing in front of the Christmas tree, or finding a cute spot to stand amidst a snowy winter backdrop.
5. Give a Cute Christmas Design To the Nursery
A cute and unique maternity shoot idea would be to take photos in your baby's nursery. If you plan on having a winter baby, you might want to give the nursery a winter or Christmas design. From cozy blankets, to warm and bright flannels, to pictures of trees, to shades of green, gold, and red, these nursery snapshots can turn out really cute!
You can even temporarily decorate the nursery with winter decor, even if you plan on changing it after the baby is born. Incorporate a Christmas color scheme, and shoot adorable poses of you cradling your pregnant belly in different spots in the nursery. It is also very comfortable for pregnant women to take photos in the comfort of their own home!
6. Hold Christmas Wreath
A Christmas wreath is an iconic part of the holiday season, and the perfect addition to any Christmas maternity photoshoot. With a green dress or a red dress, holding a Christmas wreath or posing in front of one can brighten up a crisp, dark winter day. A wreath makes a standout addition to a minimalist backdrop, and can make the perfect holiday-themed photos.
7. Wear An Airy Princess Dress
For a holiday-themed winter shoot, you might choose to wear a stunning maternity gown. You can wear a white maternity dress to showcase your baby bump amidst a dark, dreary winter backdrop. Flowy dresses can be paired with warm sweaters or scarves to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
8. Choose a Pair of Baby Shoes To Highlight
A great photoshoot prop is baby shoes. You can pair infant shoes with baby clothes, and both you and your partner can pose with these items. Ask the photographer to focus the camera on the shoes, or place the shoes on top of your belly for some adorable images. Soon enough, you'll have a little one ready to wear these tiny shoes!
9. Choose A Rich Green Dress
If you wear a gorgeous green dress, your pictures will have the perfect balance and harmony with a lovely winter backdrop. Even if you pose in front of green trees, an elegant green gown can be a great addition to a maternity Christmas photoshoot.
10. Tree Farm Background
One of the simplest Christmas photoshoot ideas is to go to a Christmas tree farm and take pictures. Be sure that your photographer checks with the tree farm prior to your session to see whether they allow professional photoshoots to take place there.
Typically, a tree farm is full of lush green trees, beautiful Christmas decorations, and lots of natural light to create a stunning maternity shoot. You can dress up or dress down for tree farm photoshoots. Whether you wear a form-fitting maternity dress or wear flannels, these types of photoshoots are fun and pretty.
11. Cookies and Hot Cocoa
What pregnant woman doesn't want to spend time indulging in some sweet treats? Celebrate your growing belly (and appetite) with a holiday food-themed maternity photoshoot.
Taking pictures drinking hot cocoa and eating cookies by the Christmas tree can be a great way to celebrate a winter pregnancy - and also creates the perfect images for Christmas cards, if you send them!
12. Holding Hands
A great Christmas maternity photoshoot pose can be the couple holding hands in front of the Christmas tree. Enjoy shooting in the low light and letting the tree illuminate your family. Posing with your spouse in front of a beautifully decorated tree full of glowing lights can create a gorgeous photo you'll treasure for years to come. And what says "Christmas" more than the Christmas tree itself?
A Christmas maternity photoshoot can be beautiful and fun.
Whether you pose in front of the Christmas tree, snuggle up in a winter-themed nursery, plan a Christmas-themed couples photoshoot, or visit an enchanting tree farm, Christmas time is a great time of year for maternity photoshoots. Talk to your photographer about highlighting the Christmas details in your photos, so you can create stunning memories as you celebrate this happy and exciting time in your life.
Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez
I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.