Even before I ever thought of being pregnant, I knew that I wanted a maternity shoot. I know, probably a little crazy but I've always dreamed of being mother. I think most women probably think about this at one point or another before it actually happens (so not so crazy). But there was a specific moment when I stumbled across Lori Dorman Photography on Instagram and I was instantly swooned by their posts. The way that they showed glam and beauty on maternity pictures was truly captivating and I knew that I wanted to experience that whenever the time came. If you're reading this, then you're probably considering doing a maternity photoshoot. You're probably thinking if it's worth the money and time, and I'm here to tell you it is.
Pictures will last a lifetime
Yes, if you're pregnant, there's probably a lot on your mind. You might be thinking about the baby registry, or the baby shower, or the many many appointments and sonograms that you have to go to. If you're early in the pregnancy you might even feel like you have a lot of time and that the weeks are going by a bit slow. But once you have the baby you won't really remember the pregnancy and all of its glorious symptoms. Yes, that's right. Time flies and before you know it you will have a beautiful angel in your arms and you won't remember the endless times you had to pee in those lasts months of pregnancy.
So, what does this all have to do with a maternity photoshoot? Well, one day while your baby is busy cruising through their milestones, you will look back at those pictures and remember the beauty of your body creating life. I still catch myself looking through my photos and I can't help but admire my baby bump.
Will it be worth the cost?
Maternity shoots are a bit costly. Booking a photographer can cost anywhere from $500- $5,000, and with a baby on the way, you probably don't want to splurge on something that isn't essential. Do you need a maternity shoot? No. Is it a beautiful experience? Absolutely.
While I was pregnant, there were many times when I did not feel very beautiful. I had a tough time accepting that clothes were just not going to fit anymore. But when I went to the studio at Lori Dorman Photography, they had an entire closet full of gorgeous gowns made specifically for pregnant Mamas. I felt like a princess. I got to play dress up and try on many dresses that accentuated my round belly, and it felt amazing! My husband and I had such a good time posing and changing outfits (& locations), that we both agreed it was a wonderful memorable experience.
Perhaps, you might want to search for photographers and narrow them down based on pricing and style. I knew the style that I wanted, and when I looked at the amount of dresses and locations I would get for the cost, it was an easy pick. Many of the dresses alone cost upwards of $200, so if you're planning to have different looks, then maybe paying a little more for a photographer that provides them for you, might be a good savings.
If you have decided to get a maternity shoot done ( which I hope you do), then read my tips below on how to get the most out of your session:
• Try and schedule it for when you are around 28-35 weeks.
You want to have a big round belly to showcase and during this timeframe the belly wont be too heavy, so you can actually enjoy the photoshoot.
• Try to schedule it early in the day.
Many pregnant women start the day with more energy than they do in the evening. Also, if your feet swell from standing (mine did this) then early in the morning is your foolproof way to get ahead of this.
• Tell your photographer what your vision is.
If you have inspiration pictures that you liked then share those! Photographers always have their own creative minds but if you liked a specific style of photography then this is your chance to make that dream come true!
Hope you enjoyed this post!