10 Ideas for Your Maternity Photo Shoot at the Beach

You’re missing out if you do not schedule a maternity photo shoot at the beach!

The beach is a wonderfully romantic and naturally beautiful place. If you haven’t considered it, below are some photos to entice you to schedule your maternity photo shoot at the beach.

Even as a landlocked family, traveling to the beach for a weekend to capture these special moments would be absolutely unforgettable! You could also utilize the beach bank of a lake or river if the ocean is too far for you.

Make the entire weekend a celebration of your love, your family, and the baby you are prepping for. Maternity photos are so special. I think they are necessary for each pregnancy.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” // ~ Kari Lagerfeld

The miracle that your body is capable of conceiving and carrying a child should be celebrated. As a photographer, I believe this tenfold. As a mama who has had a miscarriage and struggled to conceive and carry, I believe this twentyfold. As a mama who adopted one of her babies, I believe this all the more!

I think we should document these precious days and count them a true blessing, in spite of any temporary discomfort. You will only be pregnant with this particular child once.

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” // ~ Dorothea Lange

So off to the water, you go for a maternity photo shoot at the beach!

WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY PHOTO SHOOT?

Scheduling your photo shoot for when you are 32-36 weeks pregnant is ideal. YES, you feel rounder than round and all stretched out, but those last few weeks are when your belly really pops out.

You want to look gloriously pregnant. Often, women feel like they look very pregnant at 20 weeks when in reality they just look like they ate a big burrito.

WHAT TIME OF DAY SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY PHOTO SHOOT?

I highly suggest scheduling your session for just before sunset. Ask your photographer about the golden hour and inform him or her that you really hope to have that beautiful golden light. If the weather turns sour, consider rescheduling.

I also realize sometimes there simply won’t be an opportunity for a golden hour photo shoot if the end of your pregnancy is during specific times of the year. Just ask your photographer for their best recommendation.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You will see in the images below some really great outfits! Long, flowy dresses; fitted dresses; transparent dresses; maxi skirts…remember that solids are much more flattering than prints.

Floppy hats are VERY fun; they can offer some balance to your swollen face. Need assistance deciding what to wear for your beach maternity photo shoot? Check this post out: How to Dress for the Best Maternity Photos.

Below are 10 Ideas for Your Maternity Photo Shoot at the Beach

1. The whole family

Whether it is just the two (three, actually!) of you and your pup, the two (three) of you and your little one, or the two (three) and 5 other children… be sure to capture an image or two of everyone who is directly welcoming this precious baby into the world!

maternity photo shoot at the beach with dog

maternity photo shoot at the beach with dog

maternity photo shoot at the beach with baby

maternity photo shoot at the beach with baby

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach with baby

maternity photo shoot at the beach with baby

source: Amanda Puskar Photographysource:
maternity photo shoot at the beach kissing

maternity photo shoot at the beach kissing

source: www.100layercakelet.com

2. Intimate moments with Mom and Dad

This baby, whether a surprise or planned, was hopefully conceived in moments of love and intimacy shared between Mom and Dad. Document some sweet moments of you two celebrating one another and the beautiful thing you created: a baby!

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding wifes belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding wifes belly

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach face to face

maternity photo shoot at the beach face to face

source: K + A Photography

“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.” // ~ Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

maternity photo shoot at the beach romantic pose

maternity photo shoot at the beach romantic pose

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down

maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach standing in water

maternity photo shoot at the beach standing in water

source: dianaelizabethblog.com

3. A spark of YOU

The Listers love soccer. The Brenners brought a custom made onesie. Samantha loves flowy dresses accentuating the rounding belly. Whatever it may be, bring at least one item or idea that is specific to you. Infuse your photos with a little spark of you and what you enjoy.

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding ball and shoe

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding ball and shoe

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding shoes stepping on ball

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding shoes stepping on ball

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach big brother

maternity photo shoot at the beach big brother

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach big belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach big belly

source: Samantha Short Photography

4. Candids

Of course, you need a few candid shots! Those smiles and moments caught in between the poses are often my favorite photos. Be sure to request candids before the beach maternity photo shoot so your photographer is ready to capture them.

“Photography is a save button for the mind’s eye.” // ~ Roger Kingston

maternity photo shoot at the beach running with dog

maternity photo shoot at the beach running with dog

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach wearing hats

maternity photo shoot at the beach wearing hats

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach black and white

maternity photo shoot at the beach black and white

source: K + A Photography

5. Gender reveal photo

If you know the gender of your expected baby, bring along some items that reveal his or her gender. The Lister family chose pink shoes and a pink soccer ball!

maternity photo shoot at the beach close up

maternity photo shoot at the beach close up

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach dad holding ball

maternity photo shoot at the beach dad holding ball

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding balloons

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding balloons

source: www.kristendukephotography.com

6. Photos of Mama and belly

Don’t forget to take some photos of just Mama and her rounding body. You (as Mama!) may feel uncomfortable with your appearance, but I assure you: you are radiant and beautiful. The work your body is doing is magnificent and miraculous. Take some images of you bonding with your baby that you have yet to meet face to face. You will cherish these for a lifetime.

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” // ~ Ansel Adams

maternity photo shoot at the beach sitting on a tree

maternity photo shoot at the beach sitting on a tree

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach sitting on feet

maternity photo shoot at the beach sitting on feet

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach wearing white

maternity photo shoot at the beach wearing white

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding hat and back

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding hat and back

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding belly bright sun

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding belly bright sun

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach smiling holding pregnant belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach smiling holding pregnant belly

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding belly serious face

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding belly serious face

source: K + A Photography

“Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time.” // ~ Flavia Weedn

7. Mama, belly, and siblings

If you brought your kids along for the ride, be sure to snag a few sweet shots of your baby belly and them!

maternity photo shoot at the beach baby legs over belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach baby legs over belly

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson
maternity photo shoot at the beach holding baby

maternity photo shoot at the beach holding baby

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson

“Capturing the moments of today that will wow your hearts tomorrow.” // ~ Anonymous

8. Daddy kissing baby

These sweet pictures are some of the best. Daddies revealing their love for both their baby-mama and baby is inspiring and beautiful.

maternity photo shoot at the beach dad kissing moms belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach dad kissing moms belly

source: K + A Photography

“Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.”

9. Belly shot

Never forget the focus is the baby in your belly. Ask for a creative belly picture where your baby is front and center.

maternity photo shoot at the beach close up of a big belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach close up of a big belly

source: K + A Photography
maternity photo shoot at the beach overhead shot of belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach overhead shot of belly

source: Heartstrings Photography by Angie Nelson

10. Laying in the sand: If this isn’t stunning, I’m not sure what is.

maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down looking at the ocean

maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down looking at the ocean

source: sophiecrewphotography.com
maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down kissing belly

maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down kissing belly

source: www.maikdobiey.com
maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down looking at camera

maternity photo shoot at the beach laying down looking at camera

source: www.photographybyjessie.com

Remember: if you don’t live near an ocean, lake or river beaches and banks can be just as beautiful for your maternity photo shoot at the beach.

Find a photographer you can afford, yes, but be sure to look at their work first. Be sure that you like the way they edit and their style. Photographers are all very different. If you were to hire me, I sure hope you have looked at my style and portfolio to ensure you enjoy my work. I believe all professional photographers have this same hope.

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” // ~Destin Sparks

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Sources:
www.kandaphotoart.com

www.loveheartstringsphotography.com

Natalie

Natalie is a freelance writer and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. She guzzles iced coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both under 1. When not bouncing babies or reading books in the rocking chair, her husband works with at-risk children. Their boys joined their family via birth and adoption and they hope to continue expanding their family via adoption and possibly foster care. Connect further with her through her blog, Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, or her community Facebook Page.

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