Pregnancy is a life-changing, surreal and magical experience, isn’t it? So, it’s only natural that you may want to capture this special time with beautiful and unique maternity photos.
As a mother of three myself, I think back fondly to all of my pregnancies.
While I may not have loved every aspect of being pregnant (nausea, sore boobs and swollen ankles anyone?), it certainly was an incredibly special time.
I regret that I didn’t have any professional maternity portraits taken at the time. It would have been wonderful to have that to look back on now.
But back then, maternity photography wasn’t really the done thing.
Now though, maternity and pregnancy photography is widely available and increasingly popular.
So, if what I’m sharing in the blog today resonates with you, do get in touch to discuss the possibility of having your own maternity photoshoot.
Three reasons to have maternity photos taken
1. A maternity photoshoot is a celebration of your pregnancy
I believe pregnancy is the beginning of an exciting journey.
It’s an unforgettable experience and the first step on your journey to becoming a mum.
“A grand adventure is about to begin” – A. A. Milne
Yep, pregnancy is both a genuine privilege as well as the start of something truly wonderful.
So, in my mind, it makes complete sense that you might want to document this special time with maternity photos.
Your body is working incredibly hard during your pregnancy. It’s working it’s magic to form a baby that you’ll soon meet and love from the very first sight. You’re creating another little person. How incredible is that?!
Maternity photos give you the chance to celebrate your pregnancy and reflect on all the wonderful things that are happening inside you.
The photo session is an opportunity to reflect on the joy you feel at the prospect of becoming a parent and the love you already feel for your unborn baby.
Maternity photos will give you lasting mementoes of this significant time in your life – a time that I just know you’ll love to look back on in the future.
2. Special memories captured forever
You’ll have been forewarned about this already, but once your new baby is born, it’s likely that life will suddenly get a bit more hectic!
You’ll have a little person to care for and look after, and you’ll be amazed at how much becoming a mother impacts your life.
A funny thing will happen too – life will suddenly start flying by at a rate of knots!
Whereas you may have felt like the nine months you were pregnant dragged on forever, believe me, the first nine months of your new baby’s life will fly by!
And when time flies, it becomes harder to remember every little detail.
With sleep deprivation and baby brain in the mix too, as a new parent, you may sometimes feel that you can barely remember your own name!
Which is why I believe maternity photography is so important.
Your maternity photos will capture you in the final weeks of your pregnancy – a time that may otherwise be forgotten once you become a busy parent.
The photos will become precious memories for you to look back on, and you’ll have them forever to enjoy.
Your child(ren) will also love looking back at the photos. They’ll find it fascinating to think that they used to be inside your tummy!
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess.” – N.K. Jemisin
3. You look ‘blooming’ marvellous!
Ok, so pregnancy may not be glamorous all the time. You may feel big and uncomfortable towards the end. But when you’re pregnant you look amazing! Honestly!
It’s well known that expectant mums ‘bloom’. You’ll have great skin, shiny hair, and have a special glow that comes from being pregnant.
Which makes it a great time to have maternity photos taken. Even if you don’t feel it, you are a vision of health during pregnancy and the photos will capture this.
My clients proudly hang their maternity photos around their home for friends and family to see, and so should you! You look an amazing mummy-to-be, so enjoy it and show off your photos with pride!
Why invest in maternity photos?
In the past, maternity photography may have been considered a luxury, or not even considered at all. But these days, taking pregnancy photos is becoming a much larger part of my work.
More and more of my clients are choosing to invest in maternity photos, to capture their pregnancy and to celebrate their journey towards becoming a parent.
Whether it’s your first baby or your last, a maternity photoshoot is a wonderful way to celebrate the new life that you have created and to capture how beautiful you look as you prepare to become a mother.
When to book your maternity photoshoot
Please note that the best time for maternity photos is in the final weeks of your pregnancy – between 30 and 36 weeks pregnant –but it’s important that you book in advance (soon after your 20-week scan ideally) to secure your slot.
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