Jena Lee Photographs

When To Book Maternity Photos? Everything You Need To Know.

As a maternity photographer, I recommend booking maternity photos somewhere between 30-32 weeks. However, go with what your body is telling you.

It’s almost time for your baby to — finally — arrive. You might wonder, when is the best time to book maternity photos? And are they something you want? I recommend to schedule your Maternity Portraits around 30-32 weeks. I answer many other maternity photo questions throughout the year too and therefore put together this post to help you find the answers you need. Here is everything you need to know about booking maternity photos.


Every women’s decision to book maternity photos is different. Some want to remember their maternity forever and others book maternity photos as a gift to their baby. There is no right or wrong answer. As a Photographer, of course I think you should book maternity photos. Second to Newborn photos, they are one of my most popular portrait sessions. Maternity photos are special because they are a celebration of the last few weeks before your life evolves onto the next season.

I recommend maternity portraits because these are the last few weeks before your baby arrives and you are on to the next chapter of your life. Maternity portraits are a great way to celebrate the end of this season of life.


Somewhere between 30-32 weeks seems to be the ‘sweet spot’ to book maternity photos. Generally, at this point, your bump is big enough to show off but not so big that you are uncomfortable.

Like I mentioned before, go with what feels right for you. I have photographed women at seven months because that’s when they felt their best and right at nine months. You can’t go wrong if you listen to your body.

April H., Golden BC, 33 Weeks


Discomfort and body changes are the most common objection I hear about maternity photos. First of all, know that those feelings are legitimate. When you grow a human, your body completely changes. Sometimes, that takes time to get used to.

For this reason, I put together The Client Closet. This is a wardrobe of beautiful dresses and pieces that you can borrow from for your maternity portraits. In addition, each piece is purchased or handmade in British-Columbia because I love to support other small businesses as much as possible.


I created The Baby Photography Plan to help you preserve your baby’s precious milestones forever. They are photography sessions spread throughout your baby’s first year earthside, from maternity to one-year-old. You have the option to select just one portrait session or book the entire year.

If you are like most people, you are a bit nervous in front of the camera. This is to be expected and I do my best to make you as comfortable as possible. During your portraits, I give you gentle direction about where to be and how to hold yourself. After that, we spend our time together talking about life, sharing stories, and getting to know each other. Over the years, I found that this approach creates a comfortable environment for your portraits. I hope that our time together feels more like spending time with a friend than having your photo taken.

Maternity · Fresh 48 · Newborn · 3-Months · 6-Months · 9-Months · One Year Old

+ Birth Add-On
+ Family Portraits Add-On

I hope this helps you with your decision to book maternity photos. If all of this speaks to you, please get in touch! We are a great fit for each other if you love candid maternity photos, portraits throughout your baby’s first year of life, and printed photos.

The Baby Photography Plan is available in Golden and Invermere British-Columbia, Banff and Canmore Alberta.


Jena LaRoy / Jena Lee Photographs

Hi there, my name is Jena. I am a Professional Photographer in Golden British-Columbia. I specialize in Baby Photography Plans and Birth Photography.

When I am not being a Photographer, I can be found spending time in our garden, at the park with our dog Murphy, and biking/skiing The Rocky Mountains.

Gardening tips and baby photography inquiries are accepted equally. Thanks for being here, I can’t wait to hear from you.