What is a Bare Belly Session? | St. Louis Maternity Photographer

What is a bare belly session?

What is a bare belly session: Sometimes referred to as a boudoir maternity session, this session can be tailored completely to your comfort level. Some clients choose to wear a dress that will open in the front to highlight their baby bump. Others choose more intimate wardrobe pieces. Either way, the goal of these sessions is to capture your beautiful baby bump in an artistic and feminine way.

expecting mom in white free people dress holding belly.

Not all clients are comfortable with showing their bare belly during their session, and that’s ok!! But if you’d like to, we will reserve the last portion of your maternity session, specifically for bare belly images.

There are many approaches to bare belly images that we can take. From very subtle bare belly images to fully bare images, we will capture your bare belly in the most beautiful way!

pregnant mom in white lace free people dress holding belly

Let’s talk about the different levels of comfort to consider to find out where you stand:

A Limited Level of Comfort

  • Limited Level of comfort – If you love the idea of capturing your bare belly, but you would prefer a more subtle way.

  • Wardrobe options – Choose a dress that opens in the front
  • to expose only the front of your belly

    mom wearing Vici Anika pocketed button down ruffle maxi dress in waterlily

    A Medium Level of Comfort

    Want to try a few bare belly shots showing a cute bralette?

    Possible wardrobe options – neutral colored undergarments paired with a lace robe, a chunky sweater, and a bralette

    pregnant mom in white chunky sweater
    pregnant woman in chair with white chunky sweater
    woman in lace robe holing on to pregnant belly during bare belly portraits

    A High Level of Comfort

    You might be totally fine with a nude silhouette portrait! These are captured in a tasteful and artistic way!

    Possible additional wardrobe options – Nude, silk wrap

    pregnant person with pink silk wrap around their belly for bare belly maternity session
    bare belly session with pregnant woman in nude silhouette in black and white image

    You Are Always in Control at Your Session!

    No one will know how comfortable they will feel until the moment comes! I will ALWAYS ask you how you’re feeling and if you’d still like to move forward with bare belly images during your maternity session. If you plan for bare belly images and suddenly feel that it is not something you would like to do, NO WORRIES! We will have plenty of poses and dresses to try on during the remainder of your session.

    Alternatively, If you initially felt that you would not be comfortable with bare belly images, but find that spending some time in the studio you are feeling completely open to doing a few images, let me know!! I have several wardrobe options for you to choose from last minute!

    pregnant woman in white bralette posing for bare belly session
    pregnant woman with pink nails curly hair and lace robe during bare belly session

    What to Wear For Your Bare Belly Images

    For bare belly sessions, consider bringing nude & light-colored undergarments from kindred bravely or Morrow & Mint and a feminine, neutral-colored robe. These will photograph beautifully without distracting from your baby bump. I can also provide bralettes, silk wraps, chunky sweaters, and bodysuits.

    Learn all about what to wear for your bare belly images in my next blog post!

    In the St. Louis area and still on the search for a St. Louis Maternity Photographer? Learn more about maternity sessions on my site. Then use the contact button found on my website and reach out for all of the booking details! Or call (314-808-1615) or email me kelly@kellylaramore.com


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    A rating of 5 is not high enough for Kelly!! Kelly is an amazing photographer, was absolutely wonderful to work with, and was quick to reply to emails. Shes an upbeat and positive person, which made out photo sessions comfortable and fun!! Kelly is professional in more ways than one and I highly recommend her to anyone in the St. Louis area wanting some maternity and/or family photos taken!

    Angela, Family session

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