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6 Reasons to Invest in Maternity Photos

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 session.

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2. Honor the foundation

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Elizabeth Flora Ross and Corinna Hoffman.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Stacie Lianna Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Sasak Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Stacie Lianna Photography

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If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, complications or are on bed rest, you can have your maternity photo session in the hospital.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Jessica Strom Photography

There are other ways to be expecting a new addition to your family. Adoption and surrogacy can also be announced via photography. Look at these creative ways!

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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:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Corinna Hoffmann

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