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When to Have Your Maternity Session


When to have your maternity session

A question I get asked all the time is when to have your maternity session. The truth is, there is never a wrong time, but there is an ideal window that I recommend.

Between 27-34 weeks is the best time to have your maternity session. Let’s talk about why!

When to have your maternity session - the ideal window

You have a bump! Definitely a must for when to have your maternity session.

First, you have a bump to show – so we have a bump to photograph! Any size baby belly is beautiful, yet usually the bump is big enough to see, yet still small enough to have fabric and texture to play with.

The ideal window to have your maternity session is between 27-34 weeks

You feel your best.

At 27-34 weeks, you will likely be feeling your best during the pregnancy. You are at the beginning of the third trimester, so hopefully you are no longer nauseous. Third trimester woes like swelling, back pain, and pelvic pain usually hold off for a few more weeks.

Pregnant mother walks with bouquet of roses in her home.

We have some wiggle room.

In the event we need to reschedule due to weather or illness, we will likely have wiggle room before baby arrives. This way, you won’t need to worry if we will still be able to squeeze your session in.

Blonde mother in pink sequin Needle & Thread gown stands in front of pond at Brookside Gardens

You will receive your images before baby arrives.

I photograph with film, so the turnaround time for images is usually 4-5 weeks. When we schedule your session between 27-34 weeks, you will likely be able to receive your images before baby is born – and share them with family and friends!

There you have it! I hope this was helpful in determining when to have your maternity session.

When to have maternity photos done

Maryland Maternity Photographer | Marie Elizabeth Photography

Marie is a Maryland Maternity Photographer and specializes in a luxurious, full-service portrait experience. From planning your session to delivering custom fine artwork to your home, Marie takes care of all of the details. All Marie Elizabeth Photography clients are pampered with included professional hair and make-up and an array of whimsical dresses from the client wardrobe. Marie then will create exquisite works of art, such as heirloom albums and fine art matted prints to grace your home and lay your legacy.

Interested in both a maternity and newborn session? Marie offers a luxury membership to best document that first year with your little one. With perks such as birth announcements and album credit, the luxury membership is the perfect way to remember this special time. Reach out to learn more.

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