Show Off Your Bump

by Leila S Posted on August 24, 2011

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Is your bump the cutest one on the block? Do you have far away friends and family that you wish you could share your magical pregnancy journey with? Gina and Daniel are expecting their first child and both are originally from Australia. They’re calling the artsy area of Dumbo, Brooklyn their home away from home. We did a maternity session there to give their overseas parents and siblings a glimpse into their “growing world”. You could hire a local portrait photographer too or have your favorite photo enthusiast snap some photos of you. Here are some tips to make your shoot modern, gorgeous and uniquely yours.

Be a hot mom. Go natural or glamorous, but spend some time pampering yourself. You deserve it after all – you’re making a life in there! A mani-pedi is a must-have indulgence. You may also want to get your hair and makeup done before your shoot. Better yet, have a hair and makeup artist come along to beautify you on set and stay for at least the first few frames. Review the shots in camera together and they’ll be able to make some subtle adjustments to your look.

Be stylish. Start with your own wardrobe. Choose an outfit to flatter your bump and another to show off your bare belly like a tight-fitting tank or sports bra paired with jeans. Then pull daddy-to-be’s wardrobe as if you’re making one complete outfit. They do not have to match in color, but using the same family of tones works well in photographs (such as deep bold hues or soft pastels). Mix in neutrals liberally. Solid colors or subtle patterns are the easiest to put together and will let the attention go to your pregnant belly.

Be one with your environment. Whether you live near the beach or in a hip urban neighborhood like Gina and Daniel, showcase your world. It tells a story about where you are during this extraordinary and everything’s-about-to-change time. Plus real spaces are often striking and will add interest to your shots. If you do shoot outdoors, the hours right before sunset are just amazing.

Will you or did you share your maternity photos? How? A web gallery, prints, a photo book, Facebook?

Leila is a NYC kids lifestyle photographer who writes a monthly blog called Foto Shui – make your photos flow. Hair and makeup by


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  1. Joey Says:

    Beautiful photos of this glowing mommy-to-be! I like your tips and even though i have never done a maternity shoot, i have seen many books in the Shutterfly gallery. A couple of friends have done Maternity shoots and they are so incredible!
    Thanks for sharing

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    Wow… great shots. I wished I looked that good one of my three times to even consider photos. LOL

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    Your work is just beautiful. I love mommies to be and the beauty of their figure and faces. Thank you for sharing, BarbaraJ

  4. Leila Sutton Says:

    Joey & Barbara – thanks! Ann, I’m sure you were gorgeous! It’s all a matter of perspective. Mommy’s-to-be do have an undeniable glow – even when they feel icky from morning sickness and fatigue. :)

    Best, Leila

  5. petiam Says:

    Beautiful photos! I wish I had these tips when I was preggers… Great ideas though!

  6. Leila Sutton Says:

    Thank you petiam! Maybe you’ll have to be the photographer for a friend when they are expecting. :)

    Best, Leila

more about Leila S

My name is Leila (l-eye-la) and I'm a NYC kids lifestyle photographer. I shoot kids and families for advertising and editorial clients, and everyday moms & dads from all over the world. I'm always aiming for that perfect balance of expression, action and environment to come together and tell a story. In my case, that story is most often honest and joyful. When I'm not out shooting with clients, you'll find me toting around my gear whenever I have the opportunity to travel or in my own neck of the woods at family parties. I just can't get enough. Parents, friends and family (even my own mom!) often ask me how I get them and their kids to look so amazing. Some of it is technical and some of it is just learning to notice the right details. I'm thrilled to be able share with my fellow Shutterfly enthusiasts my professional advice on how to "make your photos flow". And yes, I use Shutterfly too for my personal snapshots! I've made beautiful photo greeting cards and love their share sites for giving my friends & family insider access to the gazillion shots they're always seeing me take. Visit my website at, follow me on, or peruse my blog - make your photos flow.

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