If you are considering maternity portraits, you might be wondering when is the best time to book them?
It depends on each person, but anywhere from 32+ weeks is great. If you are feeling uncomfortable, book them earlier. Or if you aren’t showing as much as you would like to yet, book them later.
WHAT ARE MATERNITY PORTRAITS?
Maternity portraits are photos of you while you are pregnant. Some parents love to have these to show their babies after they’re born. Other parents do them as a celebration of their achievement. Families with toddlers do maternity portraits to mark the final weeks before the next family addition enters their world.
WHAT KIND OF MATERNITY PORTRAITS CAN WE DO?
I am an advocate for incorporating your normal everyday life into your portraits whenever possible. Your daily life might feel mundane at the moment, but five years from now it will be nice to look back on.
My style of photography is called lifestyle, a more candid and natural style of portraits. Think about how you have spent most of your maternity time and what are a few things you might want to remember?
Indoor maternity photography is perfect for the colder months or anybody who loves warm cozy in-home portraits. These are less traditional but more personalized to you. They are easy going with a laid-back and comfortable feel.
Outdoor maternity portraits are great for families who already have kids that like to move around. Outdoor portraits are beautiful for incorporating the surrounding landscape or for parents who enjoy spending time outside. I recommend thinking about a location that is meaningful to you or that you enjoy spending time at.
WHAT TO WEAR?
Anything that makes you feel comfortable and like yourself, if that is even possible these days. I recommend getting a little more dressed up than your every day look, while sticking within the realm of your unique style.
Here is my Lifestyle Maternity Portrait Guide – a portrait and outfit inspiration board.
CAN I ADD ON BABY PHOTOS?
Yes! It is very popular for parents to also book baby portraits after their maternity photos. Lots of parents add on newborn or baby milestone portraits. You also have the option to add birth photography, more about that here!
WE ARE ADOPTING / WORKING WITH A SURROGATE PARENT
Maternity photos are inclusive of all genders, relationships, people and stories. If you are adopting, working with a surrogate parent, or have another story, and are interested in maternity photos, please get in touch.
No matter how you bring a baby into the world or into your family, I think it’s important to document. One day you will be able to share this incredible story with them and have beautiful portraits to go along with it.
HOW DO I BOOK?
To guarantee my availability, it is best to get in touch about maternity photos as soon as possible. Whether you are booking in advance, or your due date is coming up quickly, reach out so I can answer all of your questions and we can make sure we are the right fit for each other.