There are so many things to think about, plan for and purchase when you are getting ready for baby. I'm biased, sure, but as a photographer, I think you should consider adding maternity photos to that list.
More and more pregnant women have been hiring professional photographers to capture their image in the last month or two pregnancy. Things have gotten very creative. If you're wondering whether you should do it, here are some reasons I think maternity sessions are great.
1. Celebrate your pregnancy
Many women say they feel their best during pregnancy.
Others struggle with health and body issues. Whether or not you love how you look, a professional photography session will make you feel beautiful. I have pictures
my husband took of me standing sideways against a blank wall in our home to
document my growing belly. I wish I'd made an investment in a maternity
When I photograph expectant couples, I like to ask
how they met. It is fun to watch—and photograph—as they reminisce. Pregnancy
is a time to reflect on the journey that led you to become a family in the
first place. And whether this is your first child or your fifth, honoring the
foundation on which your family has been built is an important, and wonderful,
thing to do.
3. Freeze a moment in time
A new baby brings many changes. Life as you know
it will never be the same. So, take some time to capture the way things are
right now. It's probably been a while since you had any family photos taken.
This is the perfect opportunity to get up-to-date images of your family before
it is altered.
4. Capture the anticipation
Pregnancy is such an exciting time. Down the road,
you might forget what it felt like to be expecting. Capture those emotions so you
can look back on them with fondness.
5. Involve siblings
A maternity photo session isn't just about the expectant mom and dad.
If you have other children, let them be part of the fun. They may be excited or struggling with the idea of a new addition to the family.
During a maternity session, I like to make older siblings feel special. Have
the focus be on them for a few moments. I also encourage them to
interact with the baby. That's how I got this sweet moment—big brother
singing a song to his baby brother.
6. Make a big reveal
A maternity session can be a fun way to reveal your baby's gender, if
that is information you have chosen to learn and share. You can even announce
your child's name. Perhaps you are having multiples and no one knows yet. People will love finding out this information through photos.
By the way, there is no rule
that says you have to go somewhere for your maternity session. Why not let the
photographer come to you for a more "lifestyle" approach? You can achieve all of
the above in your home environment.
There is also no rule stating maternity photo sessions are only for expectant couples. This single mama decided to not only celebrate her pregnancy, but also include her mom in the photo shoot and reveal the gender of her little one: