Are you expecting? Congratulations! Here are my top four reasons why you should take maternity photos
Pregnancy is such a magical time. When I started offering maternity photography, it quickly became one of my favorites. You may be wondering whether you should take maternity photos or not. Even if you are booking a newborn 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. It’s a fun activity for the whole family
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is a very busy time. It can be overwhelming with all the things to buy, things to do, appointments to keep, and decisions to make. Although you may not want to add one more thing to your to-do list, I assure you that scheduling a maternity photo session is an easy activity that you should not skip! Your portrait session will serve as a much needed break from the daily routine and allow you to enjoy some fun, stress-free time. Your spouse and children are definitely welcome at your maternity session, so you will get beautiful portraits of the whole family!
2. Treat yourself to a day of pampering
Let’s be honest, being pregnant isn’t always glamorous. Although your body is hard at work creating a miracle, it can often be very tiring to say the least. Scheduling a maternity session can be just the ticket to a much-deserved day of pampering. Setting up some salon services for yourself prior to your portrait session will ensure that you will look and feel your best for your photos. Not to mention, you will have something extra special to look forward to! Some suggestions include booking a blowout at your favorite salon to have your hair styled, getting a manicure and pedicure, and even getting your makeup done. If you can’t make it to a salon, you can still have a pampering day at home by relaxing with some of your favorite beauty products and perhaps even asking your spouse for a gentle back or foot rub to ease away any stress. Either way, your maternity portrait session should be a day dedicated just for you.
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 life that matter most. This is why you should take maternity photos for each pregnancy if you can. The images of your family’s evolution will surely be treasured with each new baby that comes along.
4. The perfect transition to a newborn photo session
As a newborn photographer, I love it when my clients opt to include a maternity session as part of their portrait experience with me. 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, we all feel like good friends and everyone knows what to expect. If you think about it, one of the first persons to handle your new baby – aside from immediate family members and the doctors – will be your newborn photographer! Taking the plunge with a maternity photo session is a great way to build up your relationship with your baby’s newborn photographer. You definitely want to make sure that this is a person who is well qualified; not to mention somebody who you know and trust.
Top reasons why you should take Maternity Photos
So there you have it, moms! There are so many reasons why you should put a maternity session on your bucket list to do before baby’s arrival. Whether you are looking for a fun activity that your whole family can enjoy; would like to treat yourself to a day of pampering; want a unique way to honor your pregnancy; or are looking to find the perfect newborn photographer, these are all wonderful reasons why you should take maternity photos. Hopefully I have inspired you to give it some thought. I book maternity photo sessions year round; in studio or on-location. And 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 specializes in Newborn and Baby Photography, as well as studio Maternity and Family Portraits. The studio is based in Randolph, New Jersey. Contact Yvonne to inquire about portrait sessions for expecting families.