Whether you’re on your first or your fifth, pregnancy is always a unique experience.
Every time has its special memories, varying milestones and sometimes, symptoms. And while this is often a time of great joy and anticipation, it can also be a tad uncomfortable as your body shapeshifts and you do the hard work of developing a new life!
Because pregnancy can become increasingly uncomfortable and cumbersome toward the end, it’s easy to pass up on maternity pictures, especially if you’re not head over heels with your full-term baby bump.
However, passing up on maternity pictures is by far the number one regret I hear from my newborn and children’s photography clients. After all, hindsight is 20/20, and while you might be camera-shy during your last trimester, the mama you’ll become is going to yearn for looking back on that special moment in time, and here’s why…
1) To look back on this season for strength.
Motherhood is easily one of life’s greatest adventures, but it can also be fillest with our biggest trials. Sleepless nights, tears and tantrums, there are countless moments you’ll feel like you’re nearing the end of your rope.
But, you’re “Mom,” and that means you can handle anything your littles throw your way, but even with that in mind, sometimes it’s nice to have a visual reminder of your strength and that you’re capable of doing miraculous and difficult feats.
And what a better reminder than the magical time right before your motherhood journey began?
2) Your baby’s going to want to look back on these moments, too.
Of course, your baby won’t understand the significance of these photographs for some time to come, but that’s precisely the point…your maternity photos are timeless.
They’re keepsakes not just for you, but for your baby (and they’ll always be your baby no matter how old they are) who will undoubtedly want to see what their mama looked like before they made their grand entrance into the world.
3) To feel beautiful
Maybe you’re someone who has felt gorgeous during every stage of pregnancy, or perhaps you found yourself nodding in agreement when I mentioned feeling uncomfortable and less-than-in-love with your burgeoning baby bump.
No matter which camp you fall in, every mama-to-be indeed is beautiful whether you feel it or not. If you do happen to love your gorgeous glow, then you’re likely going to want to capture it on camera, but if not, I’d argue that having maternity photos taken will be just the thing you need to see and embrace your beauty during this stage of motherhood.
You certainly wouldn’t be the first mama-to-be who I’ve heard exclaim “I look beautiful!“ in shock and awe…sometimes seeing that beauty just takes another perspective (along with an outfit you can’t help but feel glamorous in)!
4) Get comfortable with your newborn photographer
I find that newborn photography is always the session mamas are most excited about…and who wouldn’t be?! Your little bundle of joy has FINALLY arrived, and you’re capturing their first official photographs, the ones you and your family will treasure for a lifetime and that you’ll use to announce their grand entrance into the world.
Needless to say, your newborn’s session can still be a little nerve-wracking. It might be your first outing after having baby, you’re worried about whether they’ll cooperate and give you those gorgeous shots you’re envisioning, and you’re unsure of how it’ll all go.
But do you know what turns your newborn session from nerve-wracking to totally calm and comfortable?
Having a maternity photography session first!
Your maternity session is the perfect opportunity to get to know your newborn’s photographer and feel comfortable with them as well as get some practice in front of the camera (I always think newborn sessions should include some pics with parents as well!). Plus, it’s the best time to walk through everything you’ll need for a smooth-sailing newborn session so you can actually sit back, relax, and let your photographer do the work (and you can maybe catch some much-needed zzz’s in the meantime).
5) Embrace and capture these moments before your family grows
Finally, a maternity session is one of the best ways to capture the time with your family as it exists right at this moment whether that means it’s just you, just you and your significant other, or with your kiddos before they become big brothers and sisters.
A maternity session gives you the opportunity to capture not just your growth in motherhood (literally), but also the growth of your family.
There’s something to be said about freezing a moment in time that you can revisit for years and lifetimes to come.
Have more questions about having a maternity photography session?
Check out my blog on “Your Complete Maternity and Newborn Session Timeline” and get in touch with me at laura(at)purelifefotos.com to learn more about booking your maternity session!
Laura is a photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, and family photography. If you or someone you know if expecting and looking for a Jacksonville maternity photographer, I would love to meet you! To book your session with Pure Life, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.