Are you expecting?  Congratulations!  Here are my top four reasons why you should take maternity photos

Pregnancy is such a magical time for a woman.  When I started offering maternity photography, it quickly became one of my favorite types of sessions.  You may be wondering whether you should take maternity photos or not.  Even if you are booking a newborn portrait session, it could be easy to overlook taking maternity photos.  Nonetheless, there are so many reasons why a maternity session could be beneficial during this special time in your life.  Let me share with you my top four reasons why you should take maternity photos.

1.  Make it a Family Activity

When you are preparing for the arrival of a baby, there are so many things to do.  Lots of decisions to make, lots of things to buy.  It’s a very busy time for your and your family!  A time in your life that should be documented.  If you stopped to think about scheduling a family photo session, you would most likely dismiss it as something that can wait until after the baby is born.  Instead, schedule a maternity photo session, and simply include your spouse and any other children you may have.  And easy as that, you automatically get a family photo session – and the memories – in the books!

I like to use maternity photo sessions as an opportunity to meet the entire family before the baby is born.  When things are still calm (because after the baby is born its a whirlwind!).  I love to capture the last moments of being “just the two of you” or “a family of three,” etc.  There is beauty in the present, even when you are anxiously awaiting the future.  This is my first reason why you should take maternity photos.

NJ Maternity Photographer captures family of three laughing at sunset during an outdoor maternity session

2.  You Get to Feel Beautiful

Let’s be honest, being pregnant isn’t always glamorous.  We may get morning sickness, gain weight in unwanted places, and a host of other unpleasantries.  Don’t worry moms, it’s all part of the process.  You will soon forget about all of this.  But in the meantime, it is easy to understand that you may not feel like yourself.  My second reason why you should take maternity photos is so that you can see and feel how beautiful you actually look!

Setting aside a date to have your maternity photos taken is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself.  Beautifully composed maternity portraits will show you the beauty of pregnancy.  Have your hair and makeup done, wear something pretty, and make it a day dedicated just to you.  There is nothing wrong with a little day of pampering for the mom to be!

glowing young mother to be standing in a grassy field holding her pregnant belly

3.  Each Pregnancy is Special

As a mom of two, I understand the “second child syndrome.”  This is a tongue-in-cheek way of saying that we often do less for our second and subsequent children than we did for our first.  So perhaps you took maternity photos of your first pregnancy.  Now you are expecting your second or third child, and are wondering why you should take maternity photos again.  Or, perhaps it is the other way around.  You didn’t do pregnancy pictures with your first baby, and now you are pregnant again.  You may think, “I didn’t take maternity pictures with my first so I shouldn’t do it with this one either.”

Let me just remind you, whether this is your first pregnancy or not, to take some time to enjoy it.  To marvel at the miracle that is happening inside your body.  There will never be another baby quite like this one.  Its only fitting that you honor this time in you and your baby’s life with something special.  And in my mind, there is nothing more special than having photos of the people and times in your lives that matter most.  This is why you should take maternity photos for each baby if you can.  The images of your family’s evolution will surely be treasured long after the baby is born.

4.  A Maternity Session is the Perfect Transition to Newborn Photos

As a newborn photographer, I love it when my clients opt to include a maternity photo session in their package.  It helps us get to know each other and build a rapport before your baby is born.  So when it comes time for the newborn session, everything runs even smoother.  If you think about it, one of the first persons to handle your baby – aside from immediate family members and the doctors – will be your newborn photographer!  You definitely want to make sure that this is a person who is well qualified to do this job.  Moreover, that it is somebody who you know and trust.

Taking the plunge with a maternity photo session is a great way to build up your relationship with your baby’s newborn photographer.  One of the things I truly enjoy about my job is getting to know families, hearing their stories, and building meaningful relationships.  And then of course, cuddling with their new baby a few weeks later!  Making sure that families feel comfortable around me and knowing that I am qualified to do my job is one of my top priorities.


So there you have it, moms.  There are so many reasons why you should take maternity photos.  Hopefully these inspired you to give it some thought, if you have not already!  I book outdoor maternity photos year round, and can be added to your newborn session at any time.  Don’t forget you can include your spouse and other children in the session as well. Contact me for more information and to start planning out your perfect maternity photo session today!

About The Photographer

Yvonne Leon Photography is an NJ Maternity Photographer with a portrait studio in Randolph, NJ for newborn photography. Contact Yvonne to inquire about maternity and newborn portrait packages for expecting families.

NJ Newborn Photographer specializing in Newborn, Baby and Family Portraiture

973.332.6687 |

By Appointment Only | Located in Randolph, New Jersey