Three reasons you need a maternity session:
1. It’s a chance for you to get comfortable in front of your photographer! Being photographed professionally can be intimidating, but a maternity session is the perfect opportunity to figure it out without the pressure of the full newborn session. ESPECIALLY if one of you “hates” being photographed, the maternity session is a MUST! Once you've done it once by the time the newborn session comes along having family photos will be a piece of cake.
2. To celebrate this special - and fleeting - time in your family. As a mom of 3 I know it feels like it goes on forever but pregnancy will be over before you realize it! Getting portraits created while you are pregnant will help you to remember this special time. You will see yourself through my lens which will help you remember the better parts. I know it also doesn’t feel like it but you are GLOWING with excitement! There’s something so special about creating new life. It is one of the most beautiful things. You’ll be so thankful to have beautiful portraits of yourselves.
3. Lastly, it gives us a chance to bond and get to know each other! This is related to the first reason about helping you feel comfortable. My goal is for us to feel like old friends so that you really feel at ease when I am handling your precious baby during your newborn session. I really want you to feel safe with me and a maternity session helps tremendously towards that!
One more point as a veteran mom and not just a photographer: future regret can be a hard thing to imagine right now. But from one who knows (I only had the last out of my 3 pregnancies professional photographed), don't let this precious time escape undocumented. You really will cherish these photos someday, whether that be in a few months or a decade or more down the road. Do your future self a favor. You'll be glad you did.
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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