The best time to book maternity photography is from 32+ weeks. If you are feeling more and more uncomfortable each week, you might want to consider getting your photos done earlier. On the other hand, if you feel like your bump isn’t as big as you’d like it to be yet it’s ok to wait until 37 weeks or more.
I would recommend finding and booking a maternity photographer in advance so they can guarantee availability for you. From there, see how the weeks go and how you’re feeling. Anywhere between 32-37 weeks depending will create beautiful maternity photos.
Lots of parents even wonder if they should do maternity photography. In my experience, parents who are hesitant about it at first are always glad they did them. Sometimes while we in a phase of life, we don’t realize how much we will miss it once it’s gone. Your maternity time is a sweet time of transition, it’s definitely worth documenting in my opinion.
The main hesitation parents I work with have is that they don’t feel like the traditional flowy gown portraits suits them — and that’s ok! My maternity photography style is more laidback and candid. You are welcome to put on a flowy dress if you want, your maternity photos will be absolutely beautiful! However, my heart has a soft spot for the more casual and real-life style of maternity photos. I made a maternity photo inspiration board here if you want to take a look.
I recommend to book newborn photography anywhere between 1-4 weeks. The earlier weeks will give you those super sleepy photos of your tiny baby, and the later weeks will give you a better chance of little baby smiles and open eyes.
Newborn photos can happen indoor or outdoor. This decision is usually influenced by the time of year and the Canmore mountain weather. Whether you choose indoor or outdoor, both make for beautiful baby photography.
Indoor baby photos have a warm and cozy feel and these are some of my favourite sessions as a photographer. Alternatively, if you want some outdoor mountainous baby photos, Canmore has an unlimited supply of locations.
How Do I book Maternity + Newborn Photography?
You can either book maternity and newborn photography sessions together as a package or as single sessions if you only want one.
I am located in Golden BC, just 2 hours West of Canmore. But I frequently travel to and photograph in Canmore AB. If you are thinking about maternity or newborn photography, let’s chat! I’m sure you have questions and I am happy to walk you through how everything works.