There’s something about becoming a mom for the first time that inspires action. I’ve loved the extra surge of productivity that has come with my pregnancy and have been busy crushing to-do lists (while I still can… I realize at 34 weeks now, this will change soon!). One item that made it to my mama must-have list? Maternity photos.
I wanted to capture the sweet bump and our proud, glowing faces, so I reached out to my friend, Rachel E.H. Photography, to arrange a maternity shoot at 32 weeks in Old Town, Alexandria, the perfect backdrop for photos. Old Town is also a huge part of our love story — we were married here, too!
What to Wear
Since I know that you all come here for the fashion, let’s talk about what to wear to maternity photos! Oh man, to say I overthought our outfits is an understatement. I tried on so many options, took so many selfies for my bestie to vote on, and ultimately realized: when you’re taking professional photos, the outfits take a back seat to all that love. When I look through Rachel’s photos, I see the amazing quality of her shots, the love between my husband and me, and, of course, the glorious bump.
My top tips on what to wear: pick two looks to get a variety of shots (a dressy look and a casual look), coordinate with your partner (but avoid being too matchy matchy), and pick something that accentuates the belly and that you still feel like yourself in (fitted is good; suffocating is not).
I started with my outfits and then picked items Mark already owned for his coordinating looks. He’s basically in head-to-toe JCrew; fashion is so much easier for men!
Dressy Outfit: Seraphine Black Dot Woven Dress | Baublebar Globe Strands necklace | Intimate Portal maternity tights | Clarks booties
Casual Outfit: A Pea in the Pod sweater (free from a neighbor!) | Motherhood Maternity jeggings | Jessica Simpson Zenka flats | Julie Vos ring
We were lucky enough to have a gorgeous morning for our pics. If you’re looking to take photos in Old Town, I highly recommend the side streets around Prince and Pitt. And Swift Alley makes for a private backdrop (between Fairfax and Lee). Thank you, Rachel, for the great pics! We can’t wait to meet our little one in April.
Scroll down for more shots from our maternity shoot!
^^Then and now! We recreated one of my favorite wedding pics from 3 years ago!^^
All photos taken by Rachel E.H. Photography