Actress Demi Moore’s controversial 1991 Vanity Fair cover was truly one for the books. Not only did it show off her glowing baby bump, but reiterated to moms-to-be that it’s OK to go nude in maternity pics.
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Serena Williams had a nude maternity shoot for Vanity Fair that was nothing short of glam.
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Finding decorative pieces, like actress Naturi Haughton did, can be a great way for moms-to-be to decorate their hair. Henna and jewelry are also great accents to a bare-bodied shoot.
Let It Flow
Singer, Kelly Rowland posed masterfully with the flow of fabric draped gently at the front. This look can be duplicated in so many ways. Try it out!
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No one has to break the Internet or bank to have a shoot like Queen Bey. Faux flowers and accents are all pieces that can be found at a craft store or maybe even grandma’s house. (She won’t miss them.)
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Floral scenery can also create a colorful effect that is feminine and fab. Having a busy background takes the “pressure” off having to get all glammed up for the shoot.
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Flowers are definitely the accessory of choice when it comes to maternity shoots. Make a floral bracelet, create a flowery anklet, or showcase a few blooms in the shot like Heidi Montag. Whatever the choice, using floral decor is a continuing trend that doesn’t appear to be going out of style soon.
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Actress, Kirsten Dunst beautifully captured the modest mom look — with flowers, of course. It’s OK for us to love our bodies and not need to show everyone and their mama what the good lord gave us.
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Little People, Big World star Audrey Roloff was truly a vision in white during her floral maternity shoot in a field.
Having a bad hair day?
Creating a “crazy look” with a touch of makeup (and some flowers) can really go a long way on the other side of the camera lens.
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Hills star Heidi Montag shows the beauty in not having to do or wear anything over-the-top and still capturing a beautiful shot.
It’s time to hold our breaths! This type of shot is so breathtaking … literally! Singer Alanis Morissette displayed her beauty in these ethereal shots.
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Not every mama needs to don fancy lingerie for a shoot. Finding something that fits, feels good, and looks good — like undies — is always an option.
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Just because a mom is posing for a maternity shoot doesn’t mean she has to show her face! Tori Spelling shared this breathtaking snap of her photo session, complete with lingerie.
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Boxer briefs. Lacy panties. It doesn’t matter which type of bottoms are preferred, all are good options.
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Expectant moms can also grab a nice negligee or bra and panty set — along with some red lipstick — and get to shooting.
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Jessica Biel showed us how a great shot doesn’t fully have to include mommy all the time. Justin Timberlake kissing her baby bump is truly precious.
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Incorporating a partner in a shoot can be fun and make for touching memories.
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The sweetness of showing the love that created these mini-humans is a picture worth having forever. Actor Lance Gross and his wife Rebecca Jefferson look divine.
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Singer Teyana Taylor and her NBA husband Iman Shumpert give an example of how great partner shots come in black and white.
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Once again, Speidi delivers in the maternity shoot department. Their “royal family portrait” is definitely one for the books.
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Actress Hillary Duff shows how a shoot can be done with family fun, as well. Get all of the kids involved!
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Using kiddos is a fantastic way to help parents feel more at ease. And with the kids in the picture, moms don’t have to stress about what havoc they’re wreaking elsewhere!
A silhouette shot is a great way to show there’s no need for any makeup, hair, or some super fabulous outfit. Just the shape of the body (and baby bump) will do!
Teyana Taylor is the queen of maternity photo shoots. She really does make them look good.
With this type of shot, there’s no way expectant moms can’t feel sexy and empowered without any effort at all.
Khloe Kardashian is absolutely stunning.
Vanessa Lachey believes the silhouette shot is all about celebrating the pregnancy body!
And she’s totally right!
Who says moms-to-be have to go off to some far away destination to capture a silhouette shot? Audrey Roloff had her photo taken in the comfort of her daughter Ember’s nursery.
A good pair of blue jeans should be in everyone’s closet. They can also make for a great styling piece for maternity shoots.
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There’s something about a stylish and coordinated denim photo shoot that gives throwback vibes while still remaining relevant.
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So, what if it’s dang near impossible to zip up a pair of jeans?! Singer, Ciara shows us we can let our baby bellies hang and still turn heads.
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It doesn’t take being a model to make a mom-to-be look hot in a nice pair of jeans. Grab a pair and become a muse.
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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt really outdid themselves with this coastal-inspired maternity shoot. No props are needed as the shot is full of natural beauty and is breathtaking.
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Serena could be rocking intimates or a lacy bathing suit. Regardless, she looks ah-may-zing in action.
Talk about inspiring us to go to the beach!
We don’t need to see Tori Roloff‘s face to know how at peace she was during her time while expecting. This is so perfect.
To celebrate her twins, Beyonce had an African-themed baby shower that turned heads in every way. Her attire is truly one-of-a-kind and emphasizes how glam expectant moms can look.
Decorate that belly!
Taking a page out of actress Hayden Panetierre’s book will have moms-to-be styling up their bumps in fun disguises for great photos. Who cares if it’s Halloween or not?
Leave it to Joanna Gaines to make us want to stuff our mouths with something tasty and frame the shot. Seriously, not all maternity photos need to be professionally shot.
Less can truly be more — and beautiful — as evidenced by actress Katherine Heigl‘s simple yet inspiring maternity pic.
Heidi Montag sure does know how to take amazing maternity shoots — and inspire us to step up our game. Quick, find the nearest tree branch!
Don't Forget Post-Maternity Shoots
The trend of flowing fabric, caught in the wind, is a crowd favorite. Rapper, Cardi B shared this photo to her Instagram just a couple of weeks after having her first child, Kulture.