Natural Locations to Take the Perfect Professional Maternity Shots

Congratulations, you're pregnant! You may have many questions, like whether or not to find out the gender of your baby, what kind of birth control to use, what kind of clothes to wear while pregnant. But one question you can answer right now is how your maternity photos will look. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite places (all outdoors) where you can find great backdrops, beautiful scenery, and even things like old barns.

The Beach

The beach is one of the great spots to take maternity photos. You can wear a bathing suit under your clothes or go completely nude as long as it's legal! You may need to take the pictures towards the end of your pregnancy since you'll likely be too large earlier on.


Gardens are another excellent location for maternity photoshoots. I've seen some beautiful gardening spots that could be great backdrops for maternity photos. If you have a lovely garden in your backyard, this is a great place to start. If you don't have a garden, consider getting an indoor garden or planting some flowers or trees in your backyard. The only drawback to this location is that it may be cold, especially in winter.

A Sanctuary

A sanctuary is a great place for those who want a more spiritual or religious feel for their photos. Have your photos taken at a nature preserve, or consider having the shoot in your church.

Old Farmhouse

This location is perfect for those looking for some rustic charm in their maternity photos. If you live to reside in an urban area, look for old buildings like an old church or schoolhouse. It may also be a great option if you live in a rural area.


Fields are great locations because they are effortless and allow you to put your personal touch into the photo by posing with another child, husband, dog, or even the surrounding natural scenery.

A lake or pond make

great maternity shot locations. If you can find an area with a small waterfall or stream, that's even better. You can also check out some of your local lakes and ponds to see if they have any hidden gems. Many will allow you to take pictures as long as you ask and stay on public land.

A Park

Parks are a lovely site for maternity shots. Playground equipment, picnic basket, or blanket can be a great prop for some maternity photos! A gorgeous green park can make a perfect backdrop.

An Old Bridge

You may find an old bridge in suitable condition for a maternity photoshoot. If it's not too close to the water, you can go there in the early morning and mid-day when the wind is minimal to get those lovely water effects.

A Forest Trail

You may find a trail in your woods that you can take maternity photos on. You can go with a fence behind you and take beautiful shots in a forest. Make sure that you pick a spot that is not too exposed to the sun because sunlight will be very harsh on your skin during pregnancy.

In conclusion, think how far away from your home you would like to go to get the best shots. As a professional photographer, I'm always looking for fun and unique locations to take maternity shots. I know how important it is to capture these memories with the perfect photo - whether you're going to use the pictures in a family album or as a gift for your pregnant mother-to-be.

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