Maternity is such a transitional stage. You are anxious and excited to meet your sweet babe, but you know that your family is about to change forever. You’re nesting, getting the nursery ready, and packing your hospital bag. When you’re scheduling your newborn photographer, you should add maternity portraits to your package.
5 Reasons to Add Maternity Portraits to your Newborn Photography Package
I get it! Your body has gone through some crazy changes over the last few months! You have that pregnancy glow and those luscious locks, but they also came with stretch marks and curves in new places that you don’t love so much. It can be tempting to skip the maternity portraits and just go for the newborn session, but here are 5 reasons not to:
Celebrate and Document New Beginnings
While one chapter is coming to a close, a brand new chapter is starting. Combining maternity and newborn lets you celebrate and document this transitional time before everything changes. It gives you a visual bookend to go back to and remember.
“Scheduling both maternity and newborn sessions made so much sense for me personally and I’m so glad I did! Having both maternity and newborn photos to look back on has been so sweet and sentimental for the years to come. I’ve loved being able to follow my motherhood journey through bump pictures, to those first few weeks with our new baby being captured.” Faith R.
Tell Your Story
Scheduling maternity portraits with your newborn session gives you a unique storytelling opportunity through imagery. This works really well in baby books to show the beginning of your life with your child. We can even use images from both maternity and newborn sessions to create a single portrait that shows your journey into motherhood.
For Your Child
“That’s what you looked like with me inside your tummy?” Someday your child may love stories of the beginning of their life. My kids love hearing about what they did when they were babies, or about how often they got hiccups while I was pregnant with them. What better way to illustrate the story than with beautiful maternity portraits?
Almost every maternity client I’ve photographed has expressed something to the effect of, “I was a little self-conscious about my pregnancy body before the session, but seeing these portraits makes me feel beautiful in this special stage.” I want your maternity session to be an empowering experience! Your body is creating new life, and that is something to celebrate! I’ll use professional lighting, posing, and flattering angles to help you look your best in your portraits. Some clients make a whole day of it with professional hair, makeup, and a date night afterwards. Your maternity session can be a creative outlet and an excuse for a little pampering. (Because you definitely deserve it!)
Get to Know Your Newborn Photographer
Your newborn session is likely the first time someone you don’t have a close relationship with will hold your new baby. A maternity session gives you the opportunity to get to know your photographer before you hand her the most precious, tiny person in your life. Not only will it help you feel more comfortable, but it helps make your newborn session run smoother as well.