Pregnancy is absolutely remarkable, with all its ups and downs, and you’ll surely want to celebrate this special time of your life. As you read through this article, you’ll be inspired by trends and art movements, by historic figures and by the very people around us. You’ll see how a professional maternity portrait is not something to miss out on.
20 maternity portrait trends for 2022
Maybe you don’t relate to all these maternity portrait ideas. But check out the maternity portrait trends for 2022, and see which of these styles speak to you, and Stephany will help you make them your own.
1. Maternity session golden hour
It’s safe to say that the golden hour photography trend will never die. The golden hour is the ‘magic hour’ of photography. It happens shortly before sunset or shortly after sunrise, when you get that beautiful golden glow shining on you and your beautiful baby bump. Needless to say, an outdoor maternity session is an absolute must.
2. Simple Silhouette
Shot against a source of light, silhouette photography is to indoor photography what golden hour is to outdoor photography. The contours, the stark contrast between the subject and the background leave a strong impression on the eye of the beholder.
3. Matching outfits
Matching outfits are another trend going strong in 2022, but here’s the difference. Couples aren’t going for identical or matching tees, but maintain their individuality as they match in style—denim in this case. Denim is a timeless outfit that encapsulates a blend of rugged individualism and collaborative synergy.
4. Elegant picture in the studio
Elegant maternity shots are a matter of art thanks to the fine prints, digital artwork and other products, such as heirloom albums, keepsake portfolio boxes, modern acrylic art pieces, museum quality handmade canvases, framed wall art, wood art pieces, and wall collections. We create art for your home, making it look like an exquisite gallery.
5. Mommy & Daddy kissing
Reminiscent of Valentine’s celebration, this trend speaks to the audience as “next-level love”. Opt for a stunning professional photo to mark your love going strong—growing healthily and blissfully inside mama.
As for the poses, no need to feel awkward. Stephany will make sure to pose you both in ways that work best. Just have fun in the maternity studio and enjoy the moment. You’re making memories that will last a lifetime.
6. Father kissing the belly
Similar to the couple kissing trends, nothing shouts ‘fatherly love’ than a kiss on the baby bump. Take a peak at this silhouette maternity photo that is absolutely priceless.
7. Black and white picture
There’s something uniquely timeless about black and white photography. No pun intended, it’s because it had remained unique and timeless for almost a century. Black and white photography was invented in 1839 and consisted of tones of gray—ranging from white to dark.
Reproducing color was possible thanks to the Lumière brothers, two French inventors, who brought colored photography to the market in 1907.
Almost two centuries later, black and white photography still captures compelling images. Check out Stephany’s curated fine art maternity photos of her clients. Which do you prefer—greyscale or colored?
8. Take a milk bath
As modern as it may seem, milk baths are as ancient as the Egyptians and Romans. History records Cleopatra often bathing in donkey milk and honey, or donkey milk and essential oils. If you’re wondering whether it’s healthy—fear not. Bathing in milk makes your skin feel softer and smoother as it gives you a gentle exfoliation. It gives you that pregnancy glow while looking serene in the milky bathtub.
Every milk bath concept is unique and luxurious. The whiteness of milk creates a stunning aesthetic—white implies softness and purity—by contrasting it to the mama’s body. Take a look at these gorgeous maternity milk bath sessions if you’re thinking of booking a session, too.
9. Nude style
If you’re hesitant whether to go for a nude maternity photo session, pondering whether it’s too provocative—don’t think too hard, but go for it. This kind of photoshoot exudes confidence.
It reminds us how empowering and exquisite Demi Moore’s maternity photograph was on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991. The iconic Vanity Fair photoshoot stunned people three decades ago, and it’s still a trend in 2022.
10. Goddess Style
Speaking of empowerment and glam, opt for a goddess-style maternity portrait. Probably one of the most popular goddesses in Greek mythology is Hera (also known as Juno by the Romans), the goddess of women, marriage, and childbirth.
Hera is depicted as a powerful and beautiful woman, clothed in flowing robes, wearing a crown, and holding a lotus scepter. Props such as these would make a fantastic session, no doubt.
Granted, there are so many inspiring figures out there—so feel free to voice your opinion when discussing the theme of the photoshoot. At the end of the day, imagine how great it will be hanging one of these maternity portraits and fine art prints on your walls, delighting your family and inspiring guests!
11. Angel wings
Moving on to another exquisite trend for 2022—angel-themed maternity shoot. Wings come in many shapes and sizes—look at these out-of-the-world ruffled heart-shaped wings. Also, they come in different colors—from snowy white to ivory.
Based on your style and build, the portrait you exhibit in your home will be angelic, giving you the ultimate maternity fine art experience.
12. Flower maternity photoshoot
If you’re going for a classy and feminine look, consider a flower maternity shoot. Floral themes are still a trend in 2022. Provided you’re not allergic to flowers, these could embellish any photo and frame. There are so many options—petals, flower crowns, bouquets—you name it.
13. Tulle maternity photo session
What’s in trend in 2022 is tulle. Check out this gorgeous pink dress with ruffle accents. Don’t worry—you don’t need to buy or rent your dress for the photoshoot. Stephany is known as the Dallas maternity photographer with an exquisite haute couture wardrobe. Get in touch with her and schedule a visit. Also, read this maternity gowns article for more inspo.
14. Wet look maternity portrait
Wet look maternity portraits skyrocketed in popularity after Gigi Hadid donned a flowy wet-look pregnancy dress for Vogue in 2020. Since then, the wet look has been trending, and it’s had great response from the public.
Well, you’re probably not a professional model, so you might be worried about posing and pulling off this sensuous look. Do not worry for one tiny bit. Trust Stephany’s eye—she knows how to capture the best pregnancy look. Plus, she’ll tell you how to pose, what to do with your hands, which facial expression works best, and so on.
The vibe on set is comfortable and fun, to make sure you have the best experience. And by the way, with this fine art photography experience, everyone will see how natural you are, and your flair for professional modeling.
15. Artistic portrait
There is no limit to creativity. This photoshoot looks absolutely ethereal. Artistic maternity portraits will always be a trend. For the best maternity photoshoot experience, you’ll only hold poses that are comfortable and feel right—since you have a tiny human inside. Stephany is skilled in editing, so most people probably can’t tell that some artistic portraits—including this one—are a composition of different images in order to achieve a spectacular look.
16. Boudoir pregnancy photo session
The term alone, “boudoir shoot”, might hint at sensual or intimate pictures—French words have a knack for making everything sound attractive. But boudoir pregnancy photo shoots consist of fine art, glamor, and fashion—yes, and fancy lacy lingerie.
Boudoir photography is one of the trends in 2022, and it will continue to rise in popularity. Still, it’s not new-new. The style goes back to the 1940s boudoir décor and handmade accessories.
17. Turtleneck top
The 80s have been making a comeback in the 2020s with a new and fresh look—the cropped turtleneck. A black tight-fitting turtleneck is attractive and a little mysterious. We have to admit, the turtleneck–now and then–is kind of sexy.
18. Rainbow photoshoot
Look at this playful, snazzy, drop-dead gorgeous rainbow photoshoot! Rainbow maternity portraits went viral back in 2016 thanks to a heartwarming story. The story tugs at our heartstrings – after 6 painful miscarriages, Jess and Kevin Mahoney wanted to celebrate pregnancy in a creative and unforgettable way.
The truth is, every child is a blessing, so we celebrate mamas worldwide for their painstaking efforts to bring their bundles of joy into the world.
19. Outdoor maternity photo session
Outdoor photoshoots are never out of trend—by all means, opt for one. Stephany serves the DFW area. What’s worth mentioning is that Stephany likes novelty and seeking out new places—she has some secret spots for all you adventurous mamas.
Areas she serves include but are not limited to Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Euless, Fairview, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grapevine, Hurst, Irving, Keller, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Rockwall, Southlake and beyond.
20. Swan gown photoshoot
In the natural world, nothing looks as elegant, feminine, and imposing as the swan. In popular culture, the swan symbolizes beautiful traits, such as grace, beauty, love, loyalty, and trust. Plus, look at that ethereal and elegant look! As mentioned before, Stephany provides the perfect maternity luxury experience in Dallas.
Hopefully, these 20 maternity portrait trends were eye-candy. Take a moment to read this ultimate guide to maternity photography to get some more inspo for your maternity portrait session. Looking for the best fine art pregnancy photographer in Dallas? Let’s keep in touch and follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.