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Vancouver Maternity Photography| How to prepare for your session

February 8, 2020

Whytecliff Park same sex maternity session

Why I love maternity photography

Hi! I’m Angela, a photographer based in the Lower mainland and Vancouver area that specializes in maternity, family, and newborn photography.

Motherhood inspires me every day and is one of my favorite relationships to capture as a photographer. The relationship between a mother and child is so innocent and beautiful. Whether you are an expectant mom, a mother in the midst of the chaos that is motherhood, or a mother to grown children, these relationships shape us every day. Maternity photography sessions are becoming some of my favorites. Not everyone’s journey to parenthood is an easy one, and I believe the miracle of motherhood should be celebrated.

Styling your maternity photography session

There are so many different styling options for your session. I am here to help you with any questions you may have regarding your maternity session outfits and styling. There is no right or wrong when it comes to the feel of your session. Whether you are looking to be casual and cozy, boho, or formal, I can help you put it all together. The first step is deciding what look you are drawn to.

You can also visit my Angela K Photography Styling Pinterest board for some inspiration.

Hair, makeup, and the little details

Many people decide to get their hair and makeup done professionally, but this is not essential. When choosing your makeup, aim to look like your everyday self, just a little more polished ? I generally tell my clients to aim for your night out look versus your home with the family look.

I personally prefer it when client’s hair is down or partially down during sessions, as I love to capture the movement it adds to images. That does not mean that you won’t be absolutely stunning if you come in an updo!

Your hands will be in many of the images, including close-up shots accentuating your baby bump, so be sure to give them a little bit of tlc before your session (this goes for the guys as well). I suggest neutral colors as to not take away from your bump!


Accessories can add so much to your images. If you have a hat that you love, or some beautiful jewelry, be sure to bring them along. Adding interest with textures such as shawls, scarfs, or kimonos can also be beautiful.

Flowers can also be a nice addition. Whether it is a bouquet or a flower in your hair, florals can add a boho feel.

***Be sure to wear appropriate undergarments.*** Nude coloured undergarments often work best. Bra straps should not be visible if possible and will not be removed in post processing.

Tips for your partner and family

Although your bump will be the main focus of the session, your family and partner are a huge part of this special time in your lives. Once you choose your outfit, you can style your family or partner around it. Choose complementary tones without ‘matching. You can add interest with texture such as lace or add a little pattern!

Men, please do not wear your every day runners! The bright colors on many runners are distracting in photos. Dress shoes or dressy runners only please. And don’t forget to add layers such as a nice sweater or jacket. Avoid logos or pictures on shirts and jackets as these can also be distracting. These photos are an investment, so don’t be afraid to invest in your outfit too 🙂

For more tips on styling your family for your maternity session, check out my blog posts linked below.

Beautiful woman in lace gown Vancouver maternity photography

My favorite stores for maternity clothing and rentals

The first thing to remember when it comes to buying a maternity dress is, many non-maternity dresses can work beautifully as a maternity dress! You may have to size up depending on your stage of pregnancy, but many flowy dresses are bump-friendly. Below is a list of some of my favorite stores to purchase bump-friendly dresses.


H & M

Pink Blush Maternity (really fast delivery!)

Piper & Scoot





Reclamation makes beautiful vintage lace dresses designed in Victoria BC. (each dress is unique, dresses on this site are only examples). If you are interested in a Reclamation dress rental, you can contact me for more details. These rentals are about $100 on average.

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Clients of Angela K Photography | Vancouver maternity photographer

I offer a small number of dresses and accessories to my maternity clients in the Vancouver and lower mainland areas to use free of charge for their session. I also give each of my clients access to my online styling assistant, Style and Select.

Style and Select is on online guide that allows you to choose colour pallets and put together your entire family’s outfits to see what looks best. You can purchase items directly from Style and Select’s links or you can choose items that look similar to items you already have in your closet.

Extra tips to prepare for your maternity session

Tips to prepare (family focused but also applies to maternity)

What to wear (family focused but many tips apply!)

I am always here to help so please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions that you may have! You can contact me any time at:

I can’t wait to work with you!

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