When Should You Book Your Maternity Session?


Jan 10, 2024

So, you’ve made the announcement! Everyone is excited and your family is growing! As you navigate through the beautiful journey of pregnancy, capturing this special time through maternity photos is a cherished part of the experience. The question then is, when should you schedule your maternity session?

Navigating the Trimesters: Timing Your Session

Maternity photography is a unique and intimate way of documenting your journey towards motherhood. However, deciding on the right time to capture these moments can be a bit tricky. Oftentimes, the first trimester often comes with its own set of challenges, including morning sickness and hesitancy to announce the pregnancy. By the third trimester, the excitement is palpable, but so is the increase in discomfort.

The Sweet Spot: 26-32 Weeks

Many photographers, myself included, recommend the sweet spot for a maternity session to be between 26-32 weeks. Here’s why we recommend that timeframe:

  1. Feeling Your Best. This period often marks a phase where morning sickness has subsided, and you’re likely to feel more energetic and comfortable.
  2. The Visible Bump. Your baby bump is beautifully pronounced, making it the perfect moment to capture your pregnancy.
  3. Ease of Movement. You’re still able to move around with relative ease, allowing for a variety of poses and settings during your photo session.
  4. Personal Announcements and Gender Revelations. By this stage, most families have shared their news with loved ones and might even know the baby’s gender. With that in mind, we can add elements that with a personal touch to your photoshoot.

Flexibility and Personal Comfort

It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is unique. Some women feel radiant and mobile well into their third trimester, while others may prefer to capture their journey earlier. I have had the privilege of photographing expectant mothers just a few weeks before they went into labor! That said, everyone is different. Your comfort, along with the guidance of your healthcare provider, should always be the priority.

Adapting to Your Needs

As your photographer, my goal is to collaborate with you to create stunning and memorable photographs, no matter the timing. Whether you’re glowing at 28 weeks or embracing the final days, I’m here to ensure your comfort and capture your unique journey in the most beautiful light.

While the 26-32-week mark is often ideal, the perfect time for a maternity photo session is ultimately determined by your comfort and health. Always listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider before deciding on the timing of your maternity photo session. As your photographer, I am dedicated to working with you to celebrate this incredible time in your life, capturing memories that will be treasured for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about when to book, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information!

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