No matter if it's your first, second, third or later pregnancy, you may be curious about the Maternity Session. Thinking about a maternity session, but not sure? Read on to get all the information; what is a maternity session, when to do it, what to bring, who is in them and what to wear.
What is a Maternity session?
Maternity sessions can be done a couple different ways. First some people like to do a fun announcement with a photo shoot, there are so many ideas and options for this kind of session. Searching pinterest can give you some ideas and there are always new fun ideas going through my mind that I am just waiting to use! Here is an announcement card I did for some great clients and the announcement we did for our second baby.
The most common version of the Maternity Session is to show off that beautiful baby belly! This session I like to do around the 32-36 week mark. This time frame is about perfect for comfort of mom, late enough in pregnancy that you have a beautiful baby bump, and early enough for those babies who just can't wait until their due date to get here! To assure we have an opening in the schedule at the perfect time, I recommend calling or emailing when you are about 29/30 weeks along. During June-Oct months it wouldn't hurt to call a couple weeks earlier.
Do I need to bring anything?
Some parents like to bring along baby shoes, a baby outfit, or ultrasound photo, which can be fun, but you do not have to bring anything like this along with you if you don't want to! Here are some samples with props like this.
What do we wear?
The best thing you can wear for a maternity session is something that makes you comfortable! Having two babies I know that sometimes your closet can be your worst enemy the later in pregnancy you get. There were always those 2-3 items that were my go to when I had to wear something besides yoga pants and a t-shirt! Those clothes that you feel great in are what I would highly suggest to wear. You will feel good, and feeling good and comfortable will make the photo session that much better! Once you pick out moms clothing, just find something in dads closet that goes with it!
Can our other kids be in the photos?
Absolutely! I love including other children in these images, after all they are "expecting" too!
Bare belly photos are something that some like and want to do and others would never want to do. This is totally up to you. If you wish to do some bare belly photos, just let me know when you set up your session. I do not do bare belly photos unless you request to do them, as I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable during the session. We will get beautiful images with covered bellies or bare bellies, but don't feel like you have to do any bare if you don't wish to do so! There is always the fear that those dreaded stretch marks will show, however some computer work will help soften or even remove those marks if you wish! That beautiful little bundle will make you forget all about those marks the moment you hold him/her in your arms!
The proof is in the photo!
You only get to go through this pregnancy once, and it is truly amazing! You will miss that feeling, that belly (believe it or not!) and this is one beautiful way to capture that moment to treasure forever! These images are something you will look back on for years and some day can show that little one what you looked like while they were still in your tummy! (if they believe it or not!)
I hope that this post has helped answer your questions and really hope to hear from you to set up your maternity session! Next blog post - NEWBORNS! Stay Tuned!