Congratulations! You are expecting and we are so excited for you.
Finding out you are expecting a child and watching your body change as your baby grows inside you is a magical experience. As your belly gets bigger so does the excitement that you feel as your due date comes closer. And pretty soon, you will be preparing to welcome your little one in to the world. You’ll be buying little clothes, setting up the nursery and packing your hospital bag. In an instant, your whole life will all be about this little person, totally consumed by the newborn bubble.
A maternity photo session is a great way to document your journey into motherhood. It can capture your story, experiences, and where you are now. Through your maternity photos, you can show how incredible your body is and what it is capable of. More importantly, these photos capture such a special moment in your life, allowing you to look back and enjoy them in the future. This is where I can help you.
When Should You Take Maternity Photos?
I always say, the best time for maternity pictures is when you feel good and are still feeling comfortable. In most cases this is during your 7th month of pregnancy, between 30-32 weeks. During this time, your belly will start to be nice and round and generally bub will not have dropped down too far yet which makes your belly appear higher.
The start of your third trimester is the perfect time for a maternity photoshoot. If you decided to schedule your photos sooner, just consider the size of your belly and if you are happy with the size of your bump.
On the other hand, if you schedule your photoshoot at the last minute or around your due date, you may find that you start to feel uncomfortable and tired. You also need to be mindful that babies sometimes make an unexpected “early” arrival. I have had past clients miss out on capturing their pregnancy due to their bub arriving a few weeks early so I find it’s always best to be prepared!
Not all Pregnancies are the Same
Generally, the 7th or 8th month works for most soon-to-be-moms. However, since every woman and pregnancy is different, this may not work for you. The best time for a maternity session still depends on you and how you are feeling. So to know if you are ready to face the camera, pay close attention to the changes in your body and your growing baby bump. Whether this be your first baby or your 10th, every pregnancy is different. You may have felt amazing at 36 weeks with your first baby but second time round you may have a totally different experience. It’s best to make the right choice for you and I suggest that when you are feeling good, that’s when you reach out to book your session.
When to book maternity photos when expecting twins or triplets
Another exception is if you are expecting twins or triplets. If this is the case with you, I suggest you schedule your maternity photoshoot earlier. If you’re left pondering about what week to get your maternity photos taken, I suggest around your second trimester or at 20-24 weeks of pregnancy. This is because your baby bump will be well established by your second trimester if you are carrying more than one baby. You will generally also still be feeling good and comfortable, and can still freely move around. Generally most multiple pregnancies will deliver earlier so you should also consider that when booking your photoshoot.
Maternity photo sessions are all about capturing the incredible changes with your body, it’s all about life and connection. So, what is the best time for your maternity photos? It is when you feel it is the right time, when you feel good, comfortable and ready. While I say 30-32 weeks is the most ideal time to take maternity photos, it may not be perfect for you. So ultimately, it is all up to you to decide when you want your photos taken but I do suggest, to get the most out of your photo session, I recommend scheduling it earlier rather than later.
Let’s discuss scheduling your maternity shoot, please contact me today about your scheduling their Maternity Session with us. Now booking June to December due dates!
Emerson Grace Photography studio is based in Franklin, KY and service Bowling Green and Nashville area clients. I specialize in photographing newborn, babies, toddlers, 1 year cake smashes, families and maternity.