Pregnancy only happens in your life once. Or twice. Or three or four times. Ok, maybe even more — kudos to you. But regardless of how many children you've had or plan to have, each pregnancy is unique and worth documenting. Maternity photos, however, can be a bit of a sore subject to some. It's important to document your pregnancy in some way, but the reality is that many turn out, simply put, cheesy AF. You know the type: the awkward family dog pile, the beer vs. baby belly show down... Surely, there are maternity shoot ideas that aren't corny and a little more tasteful.
Luckily, for pregnant women who are hoping for a maternity photo shoot that won't eventually end up in their family's blooper reel, there are lots of semi-normal, inspiring, and beautiful maternity photo ideas to inspire your next shoot. Whether you're hiring a professional to photograph a permanent keepsake, or your trying to DIY your own photos, these ideas will give you a starting place to let your imagination soar (to non-cheesy heights, of course). Although more often than not, most maternity shoots happen during the last trimester, you can use these ideas to photograph weekly belly-shots, an early pregnancy announcement, or your big, grand finale shoot to commemorate your pregnancy.