Cute, comfortable, and warm
Not sure what to wear to your outdoor Maternity Photo Session? Especially if it's in beautiful Big Sur, CA?! I shoot 95% of my Maternity Sessions in Big Sur, so I am here to give you all of my advice and tips on how to choose the perfect pieces for your Maternity session.
My first, and most important piece of advice is stay true to YOU. Be authentic, because it will come through in your final photos. If you wouldn't normally wear pink, don't wear it for the session just because you're having a girl. If you are not a hat person, and you absolutely hate the way you look in them - don't feel you have to wear one for the session. Wear something that you would normally wear in your everyday life, but maybe just a little bit fancier and more fun. This is a special event, after all!
Second, think about color. This is SUPER important when it comes Big Sur locations. There is already so much color going on in the beautiful landscapes surrounding you. We don't want to distract from it's beauty, and we also don't want it's beauty to distract from you. Choose colors that will be harmonious with the blues, greens, and browns of Big Sur's landscape. I always tell my clients that they can not go wrong with neutrals. They look good in every single setting. Colors to avoid are hot pink, red, and any shade of neon. If I had to choose one color that always works well in any type of setting in Big Sur, it would have to be white or ivory. You will be sure to "pop" off the background, whether you're in the redwoods or on the rocky cliffs.
Our coast is very unpredictable when it comes to weather. We can have a sunny warm day, followed by a foggy, windy day. Big Sur is typically on the colder side, so you want to make sure that you dress appropriately. Long dresses are always a great choice - both for their coverage, and their movement. I would also suggest wearing layers underneath if possible, for that extra layer of warmth. And I always tell my clients to bring along a cute sweater or jacket. You don't have to wear it, but you definitely want to have one on hand, just in case. Having this additional piece also adds variety to your gallery with extra textures and styles. My suggestions are a chunky, knit sweater like this Free People (which is a piece from my Client Closet), or a cute leather jacket like this one from Vici, for a more modern look. Both options will keep you looking warm and stylish!
And last, but definitely not least, think about comfortability. You are pregnant, after all, and you are going to be moving - quite a bit. If you have a Maternity Session scheduled with me in Big Sur - we will definitely be doing quite a bit of walking and climbing. Depending on how adventurous you want to get, I will have you stepping up on rocks, walking across fallen logs, and running on the sand. You need clothes that move with you. No tight, fitted dresses. NO high heels. It's also important that your dress has extra material for movement. If it seems too long, that's not a bad thing. That means more material to play with in the wind. There are many beautiful options out there, both to buy and rent. Here are a few of my favorites: Revolve, Free People, Baltic Born, Vici, Pink Blush, Joyfolie, Flutter Dress, The Kindred Soul, COVEN & Co., Dalliance Bespoke, and Lael Collection.
I am here to help in any way I can! Styling can make or break a session. That's why I send you my detailed Maternity Style Guide AND your personal online code to access Style & Select, where based on just a few questions - the company will generate the perfect outfit for not only you, but whoever else is also joining the session!