When Should you Take Maternity Photos?

Pregnancy is the most life changing, magical time. Everyday your body grows and changes and instinctively knows how to support your developing baby. The time flies by and before you know it, you will be cradling that sweet baby in your arms for the very first time. That is why having professional maternity photos taken is such a special way to freeze this moment in time. It is the most beautiful way to remember and show your children how your tummy looked whilst you were carrying them.

When it comes to planning your maternity shoot, you may have many questions from when to have your photos doe to what to wear, should you have a studio shot or an outdoor shoot?

If you’re wondering when is the best time to schedule your maternity photoshoot, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will explore the ideal timing for capturing stunning maternity photos that beautifully portray this magical phase of your life.

Embracing the Second Trimester – A Time of Radiance:

You’ll find that every photographer has their own preference about when they take maternity photographs during your pregnancy. However you’ll probably find that most will recommend taking your maternity photos between 30 – 36 weeks. This window falls in the second trimester. This stage offers several advantages as your baby bump is prominently visible, and you’re likely to feel comfortable and confident. The second trimester is often considered the sweet spot for maternity photography because it strikes a perfect balance between your physical appearance and your overall well-being. It also helps to avoid the risk of baby arriving early and missing out on this special opportunity.

Should I Book Earlier if I am Carrying Multiples?

Every journey is different and you may be carrying multiples or have a “high risk” pregnancy, and your doctor may have suggested that you could deliver early. In which case definitely book in a little earlier, because the 30 – 36 week guideline is just that! You can discuss the issues with your photographer who would be very understanding and accommodating of booking you in a little earlier.

When Should I Book My Maternity Shoot?

The best time to book in is once you are just over the First trimester, with so much to think about like preparing the nursery, making sure you have a car seat and pram, booking in early will ensure you don’t miss out by leaving it too late.

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