20+ Stunning Beach Maternity Photoshoot Ideas

Do you have a beach maternity photoshoot planned? Get inspired with these stunning photoshoot ideas and learn the best pro tips for amazing maternity photos!

collage of four images of a beach Maternity photoshoot

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Originally published March 10, 2022 – Updated November 20, 2023

So, You Have a Beach Maternity Photoshoot Planned…

During both of my pregnancies I went to Maui for a vacation. I knew I had to seize the opportunity for a photoshoot both times and I’m so glad I did (see image of my hubby and I above!).

There’s just something about the soft pastel colours of a beach sunrise or sunset, and the soothing water in the background that truly makes your maternity photos incredible.

Below, I’ve hand-picked 20+ absolutely stunning beach maternity photoshoot ideas that showcase fantastic outfits to get you excited for your upcoming shoot. Along with all the inspiration, I’ve enlisted professional maternity and wedding photographer, Cadence Feeley, to share her tips and tricks for a smooth session!

And, if you plan to announce your pregnancy a little later like some couples do, maternity photos are perfect for a pregnancy announcement post!

Beach Maternity Photoshoot Ideas

Not all beaches are the same, so I wanted to give a variety of ideas for outfits, photography styling, and beach settings. I hope you find at least one or two photoshoots that give you the perfect vision for your own shoot!

Moody blues.

image of a man standing behind a pregnant woman on the beach giving her a hug, she is pregnant and wearing a blue floral dress

get the look:

This was my first maternity beach photoshoot in Maui when I was pregnant with my daughter. We wanted a soft and moody look with a vintage touch.

Our photographer, Cadence Feeley, was so amazing and made us feel so comfortable. The blue tones of our clothing complimented the gorgeous blues of the ocean and the result was stunning.

Pro Tip: Never turn your back to the ocean! Sometimes during your photoshoot you get so engrossed in having your pictures taken you forget about rogue waves that can knock you over if you aren’t prepared. 

Delicate & feminine lace

photos: @carliestatsky, @d_leilani

get the look:

These two looks are both similar as the outfit of choice is a feminine and stunning, long lace gown. The lace detail is so delicate and creates a gorgeous look that blends seamlessly with the serene beach in the background.

The pretty floral crown on the mama on the right adds another element of femininity, but I also love the simplicity of the look on the left!

Pro Tip: Professional Maui photographer Cadence Feeley says: “I recommend being mindful your time in the sun in the days leading up to your beach maternity session. Hormone levels increase in the body’s circulation causing skin to become more sensitive, which means you can burn easier. To avoid a red belly during your shoot, hang in the shade 48 hours before.”

Hamptons-style beach scene.

pregnant woman on a beach wearing a striped swimsuit with chairs in the background

get the look:

This casual Hamptons beach-inspired look is so effortless. All you need is a striped maternity swimsuit, a couple of vintage style beach chairs, a French market basket, and some Turkish-style towels to recreate this relaxed sunset beach scene for your maternity photoshoot.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to bring a few props along for your photoshoot. A pretty beach towel, and a woven beach tote can add interest to your photo and create candid scenes. Then you can easily toss them to the side for more minimal photos. 

Minimal black & white.

image of a pregnant woman wearing a black bikini and a white overskirt on a beach in black and white

get the look:

I love the minimal, vintage vibe to this beach maternity photoshoot. It’s classy and laid-back, yet dramatic at the same time. If you love a moody look… this idea is one to consider!

Pro Tip: Take your time finding the right photographer who shoots in the style you prefer. Do you like minimal, vintage-inspired photos? Light and airy? Dark and moody? If there’s a specific look you are going for, make sure to choose a photographer who is an expert at shooting in your desired style. 

Peasant-style dress.

photos: @sweettealdiy, @carrieelizabethphoto

get the look:

If you love ethereal vibes, a peasant-style dress is the way to go. The flowy silhouette, ruffle details, and shirred bust-line will show off your beautiful pregnant belly and create a stunning overall look.

Pro Tip: In Cadence’s opinion, the best photos are candid in style and not overly posed. Avoid looking directly in the camera during your photoshoot and pretend the photographer isn’t even there. You’ll find you look a lot more relaxed and natural in your photos, especially if you aren’t all that used to being in front of a camera.

Luxury resort vibes.

image of a pregnant black woman in a white swimsuit sitting on a lounge chair on a beach with a resort in the background

get the look:

You might be on a beach vacation, but that doesn’t mean you have to take all of your photos right on the beach. If you are staying at a luxury resort, take advantage of it and get your photographer to use the beautiful surroundings as the perfect backdrop.

Keep your outfit simple like the one above, with a minimal white or black swimsuit and some dainty gold jewelry, and let your baby bump and that stunning location shine.

Pro Tip: If you are shooting in a resort setting like the one pictured above, aim for a sunrise shoot when there are fewer people around versus the middle of the day or at sunset. You’ll have less of a chance of people appearing in the background of your photos, and you’ll get beautiful colors in the sky. 

En Vogue.

black and white image of a pregnant woman with a towel wrapped in her hair and oversized sunglasses sitting on a lounge chair in a black swimsuit

get the look:

For an edgy, modern, editorial inspired look – that seems like it belongs in Vogue magazine – go with a pair of statement sunglasses and a classic black swimsuit. Then, get the photographer to edit the photos in high contrast black and white.

If you love this look and are still deciding on a name for your babe, you should check out these gorgeous modern girl names!

Pro Tip: Bring along extra accessories like sunglasses, a sun hat, and different jewelry. You can add or remove it during the photoshoot to get variety of looks in your photos. 

Casual denim.

photos: @sessmariee, @ashabailey_

get the look:

If you aren’t into dresses and it feels uncomfortable or out of your personal style to wear one, then don’t! Go for a pair of vintage denim with the top rolled down to create this super cute, casual look.

Besides, not every beach has warm temperatures and you might find the denim and a cute cropped sweater to show off your baby bump works much better for the weather.

Pro Tip: Cadence Feeley says: “Sunrise and sunset are both gorgeous times for a beach maternity photo session. If you’d prefer more privacy, I always recommend sunrise as the beaches tend to be empty then.”

Retro inspired.

photos: @apinchoflovely, @melissamontoyaphotography

get the look:

If you are a fan of the retro, pin-up girl style, go for a cute retro outfit and props for your beach maternity photoshoot. The look on the left is super simple with the mama in a striped swimsuit and retro sunnies, and the look on the right is a beach pier location with props and all.

Comfy casual.

Pregnant woman wearing a pink jumpsuit pulling a wagon onto the beach

get the look:

This cute look by Julia Berolzheimer is a great casual option for a photoshoot when you don’t want too much fuss. The pink romper is feminine and laid-back, and the scene is perfect for a beach picnic.

Just bring along some chairs, an umbrella, and snacks and you’ll be good to go!

Pro Tip: A windy beach is not uncommon. It’s almost guaranteed you will encounter wind during your photoshoot so be sure to bring along a brush to keep your hair from getting tangled and looking overly messy during your shoot. Tousled beach waves are lovely, but a tangled nest of hair is not!

Designer chic.

image of a pregnant woman sitting on a towel on the beach with an umbrella in her hand and a designer Dior bag at her side.

get the look:

If you are inspired by all the fashion influencers, this beach maternity photoshoot idea might be the right one for you! Grab (or rent!)  a flashy designer tote bag,  sun hat, statement sunglasses and a super cute bikini and have fun with it.

I love the pops of color and the casual, yet fun look created here.

Pro Tip: Be mindful of your belongings. When taking photos on a beach it’s likely you’ll be moving around from place to place as you get your photos taken. Remember to bring your bag, shoes, sunglasses, and any other belongings you have along with you as you move, so nothing gets lost or stolen.  

Stylish swimsuit & sun hat.

photos: unknown, @emilyanngemma

get the look:

Both of these looks with black swimsuits, a big sun hat, and a cover-up are classy, stylish, and a perfect way to show of your beautiful baby bump. This outfit is also really effortless and doesn’t require much fuss.

Pro Tip: Take photos with a sun hat at the end of the photoshoot. If you plan to bring along a hat, have it off for the first several photos, and put it on at the end. You don’t want to be taking it on and off during your shoot as you might mess up your hair and regret it when you see your finished photos.

Feminine florals.

image of a woman sitting on a towel on the beach wearing a blue floral dress embracing her pregnant belly

get the look:

In this photoshoot the pregnant mama is wearing an airy, light blue floral wrap dress with a simple sun hat, white towel. The pastel beach scene in the background in so stunning and works perfectly with her simple blue floral dress. 

Pro Tip: Taking photos at sunrise, while very early in the morning, will show those subtle pastel colors in the sky and prevent any harsh sunlight in your photos. It’s a highly recommended time of day by photographers for beach photoshoots. 

Pretty in pink.

photos: @toribrookephotography, @caraloren

get the look: 

Both of the mamas in these photos are wearing a pretty shade of pink which is an excellent color choice. The pink compliments the blue of the water and can mimic the pastel hues in the sky if you do your photoshoot at sunrise. If you go with pink, keep your partners outfit minimal as to not compete with the pink.

Tip: Did you know you do not need to buy a maternity dress for your maternity beach photoshoot? Don’t limit yourself to just the maternity section. Try on flowy dresses and go up one size if you need to accommodate a larger pregnancy bust size as well.

Vintage Hawaiian vibes.

image of a pregnant woman standing by green bushes looking towards the beach and ocean with a white flowing gown and a flower crown in her hair

get the look:

If your beach photoshoot is taking place in Hawaii, the simple look above is so stunning and easy to recreate. You can order fresh flower crowns at many places on the different islands in Hawaii, or you can buy a faux one ahead of time. Find a photographer who puts a vintage twist on their photos and keep it simple with a flowy open cover-up.

Pro Tip: If you don’t live somewhere with a beach and you’ll be doing your photoshoot on vacation, be sure to start looking for a photographer several months in advance. Photographers in popular vacation destinations tend to fill up their calendars quickly so be sure to plan and book ahead! 

Greece vacation chic.

image of a woman from a distance standing in front of an ocean cliff wearing a white kaftan and a sun hat, she is pregnant

get the look:

If you’ll be visiting the beautiful turquoise waters of the Mediterranean for a babymoon, take advantage of the scenery and get maternity photos done. The surroundings, the colours, the overall vibes…. perfection!

I love this simple look with a flowy white kaftan, sun hat, and open toe sandals. Sophisticated, yet relaxed, and perfectly beachy all at the same time.

Pro Tip: Book your photoshoot near the end of your vacation. This way you’ll have a chance to get an even tan and you’ll avoid having any sunburns on your skin or awkward tan lines showing in your photos.


Beach Maternity Photoshoot FAQ’s:

Now that you are full of inspiration for your upcoming beach photoshoot, here are answers to some frequently asked questions to help you further on your way.

What should I wear for maternity beach pictures?

While there are no set rules for what to wear for maternity beach pictures, I recommend going with light and airy fabrics if you are planning the photoshoot in a hot beach destination. Flowing maxi dresses, kimono robes, kaftans, or ruana wraps are great outfit options.

You can also stick to a one-piece swimsuit or bikini, and add in some cute accessories like a sun hat, sunglasses, and dainty jewelry. If the beach you choose is often windy, or has cooler temperatures (think Pacific Northwest), go with a pair of linen pants or rolled down denim, and a lightweight knit sweater.

Which week is best for maternity photoshoot?

In my opinion planning your maternity photoshoot between weeks 27-32 of your pregnancy is ideal. Your baby bump will be nicely showing but will still be quite “compact”. Other things like the lovely facial swelling that happens in the last weeks of pregnancy won’t be present (as well as swelling in your legs and feet).

If your photoshoot is planned for the later weeks of pregnancy you’ll risk looking more swollen in photos and potentially missing it altogether if baby decides to make their debut early!


I hope you feel even more excited about your upcoming beach maternity photoshoot! And, don’t miss these other pregnancy bucket list  items to do while you rock your beautiful baby bump, as well as this list of prayers for a healthy pregnancy


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