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When to Take Maternity Photos | Renee Joanne Photography

Feeling unsure about when to take Maternity Photos? I dive into the process and detail in this blog post, so you feel confident and comfortable when booking your Maternity photo shoot!

Finding out you are expecting a child and watching your body change as your baby grows inside you is a magical experience. As your belly gets bigger so does the excitement that you feel as your due date comes closer. And pretty soon, you will be preparing to welcome your little one in to the world. You’ll be buying little clothes, setting up the nursery and packing your hospital bag. In an instant, your whole life will all be about this little person, totally consumed by the newborn bubble :)

Now, wouldn’t it be nice to own the spotlight before your life makes a 360-degree turn? Well, you can do exactly that by having your maternity photos professionally taken before bub arrives. A maternity photo session is a great way to document your journey into motherhood. It can capture your story, experiences, and where you are now. Through your maternity photos, you can show how incredible your body is and what it is capable of. More importantly, these photos capture such a special moment in your life, allowing you to look back and enjoy them in the future. This is where I can help you.

I have been taking photos of soon-to-be mothers for years now and absolutely love watching them come to life, glowing, in front of my camera. I can help you choose the perfect location around the Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast. You can feel amazing in one of the many dresses from my client closet and moreover, I can provide you with a gallery full of beautiful photos and memories. All you have to do is contact me to schedule your maternity photoshoot in!

Don’t know when to schedule your photo session? Let me help you. Here are a few tips on choosing the right time to show off your baby bump.

Boho Maternity photo - white lace dress

When Should You Take Maternity Photos?

I always say, the best time for maternity pictures is when you feel good and are still feeling comfortable. In most cases this is during your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy, between 30-36 weeks. During this time, your belly will start to be nice and round and generally bub will not have dropped down too far yet which makes your belly appear higher.

The start of your third trimester is the perfect time for a maternity photoshoot. If you decided to schedule your photos sooner, just consider the size of your belly and if you are happy with the size of your bump. On the other hand, if you

schedule your photoshoot at the last minute or around your due date, you may find that you start to feel uncomfortable and tired. You also need to be mindful that babies sometimes make an unexpected "early" arrival. I have had past clients miss out on capturing their pregnancy due to their bub arriving a few weeks early so I find it's always best to be prepared!

Not all Pregnancies are the Same

Generally, the 7th or 8th month works for most soon-to-be-mums. However, since every woman and pregnancy is different, this may not work for you. The best time for a maternity session still depends on you and how you are feeling. So to know if you are ready to face the camera, pay close attention to the changes in your body and your growing baby bump. Whether this be your first baby or your 10th, every pregnancy is different. You may have felt amazing at 36 weeks with your first baby but second time round you may have a totally different experience. It's best to make the right choice for you and I suggest that when you are feeling good, that's when you reach out to book your session.

When to book maternity photos when expecting twins or triplets

Another exception is if you are expecting twins or triplets. If this is the case with you, I suggest you schedule your maternity photoshoot earlier. If you’re left pondering about what week to get your maternity photos taken, I suggest around your second trimester or at 20-24 weeks of pregnancy. This is because your baby bump will be well established by your second trimester if you are carrying more than one baby. You will generally also still be feeling good and comfortable, and can still freely move around. Generally most multiple pregnancies will deliver earlier so you should also consider that when booking your photoshoot.

Waterfall Forest Maternity Photo Gold Coast

Final Thought

Maternity photo sessions are all about capturing the incredible changes with your body, it's all about life and connection. So, what is the best time for your maternity photos? It is when you feel it is the right time, when you feel good, comfortable and ready. While I say 30-36 weeks is the most ideal time to take maternity photos, it may not be perfect for you. So ultimately, it is all up to you to decide when you want your photos taken but I do suggest, to get the most out of your photo session, I recommend scheduling it earlier rather than later.

Think you are ready to schedule your maternity photo session? Check out my simple and no-fuss packages here. I can guarantee you an easy and fun experience where we just hang out and shoot those stunning photos you have always wanted. I can help you find the right outfit, the right location and make you feel like the goddess you are :)

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