Maternity Photo Inspiration: Sand Dunes Photos


If you are lucky enough to live near sand dunes when you are expecting, you might want to consider this maternity photo inspiration and plan your photos at the Dunes. Maternity photos that showcase the beauty of pregnancy and this special time in your life are photos that you’ll look back on for years after your baby is grown.

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We spoke with Nichole Jenniges, the photographer behind this stunning maternity photo shoot and she shared with us that she chose the sand dunes as a backdrop that is both simple and epic. “The Sand Dunes complement the power of being both a female and a mother,” said Nichole. Nichole Jenniges is a Colorado Maternity Photographer.

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Throughout North America there are a handful of Sand Dunes locations that are worth considering for your Maternity photos.

  • Imperial Sand Dunes – Glamis, California
  • Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area – Southwest Oregon
  • Dumont Dunes – Baker, California
  • Idaho Dunes – St. Anthony, Idaho
  • Oceano Dunes SVRA – Pismo Beach, California
  • Sand Hollow State Park – Hurricane, Utah
  • Little Sahara Dunes – Waynoka, Oklahoma
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes – Kanab, Utah
  • Silver Lake State Park – Mears, Michigan

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The Great Sand Dunes where these photos were taken is located in south-central Colorado and is part of the San Louis Valley. A National Park and Reserve, the Great Sand Dunes were originally designated a national monument in 1932 by President Hubert Hoover. The Park includes over 100,000 acres and is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America.

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Great Sand Dunes visitors who wish to capture maternity or other photos in the park should plan for either late afternoon or early morning photos. In the afternoon the sun drops lower than the San Juan Mountain Range providing dramatic light angles and shadows among the dunes. It is best to avoid mid-day trips to the dunes as the sand can reach a temperture of up to 140 degrees and thunderstorms might send you running inside.

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Mama’s-to-be seeking a similar look for their maternity photos should look to their closet for inspiration and free flowing maternity dresses. In these photos mom is wearing dresses from Forever 21, Express and Pink Blush Maternity. Two of these dresses are not maternity wear at all! Form fitting clothing from your favorite stores may be perfect for an elegant maternity shoot.

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These magical photos were captured by Colorado Maternity Photographer Nichole Jenniges. Nichole lives in Conifer, CO and specializes in capturing moments that define the lives of those she photographs.

On the fence about whether you want to do maternity photos? Read our reasons every mom needs maternity photos.

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Photo Credit: Nichole Jenniges