Since Lindsey & Mike’s maternity session last fall, not a single week has gone by when someone hasn’t mentioned it.
It was September – still in the clutches of summer, but near enough to the rainy season that you just never know. Honestly, rain or shine, it doesn’t matter – maternity photos are (cheesy as it may sound) my passion, and there are different aspects to any kind of weather that will excite me when doing a maternity shoot. I might not be too excited doing a family session in the pouring rain, but come baby bump time, BRING IT ON (in fact, this week marked one of the rainiest mat sessions I’ve ever done and it was EPIC).
But THIS SESSION.
I’ve had an unprecedented number of bookings for maternity photos recently – y’all are having babies!
People ask me when the best time is for maternity photos and that question is PERSONAL. The popular school of thought says something like 34 weeks…I used to know the numbers, but years ago I abandoned this particular rule, because:
- everyone’s got a different body
- maternity photos aren’t exclusively about the bump – it’s about the moment
- accentuating a tiny bump is easy
- how you feel is far more important than how many weeks along you are
- at 34+ weeks, the transition from sitting to standing isn’t necessarily fun
I know women who’ve completely broken every preconception I’ve ever had about pregnancy.
Ok, ok, let’s go back a bit.
I started my photography career in 2010 in Alberta. I lived in a medium-sized community that was close enough to Edmonton that it wasn’t worth making a distinction between one and the other (I grew up in Edmonton – if you ask where I’m from, I will say Edmonton, but I spent 9 years living in Sherwood Park) and as a result, my client volume was pretty high. I did over 200 photo shoots in my busiest year. I had a lot of repeat clients – but also a lot of new clients.
I’ve met a lot of people, and many of them in this crazy time of life. I learned early that I love maternity photos. I’ve shot maternity sessions anywhere from 20 weeks to 41 weeks. I’ve done sessions with women who gave birth THE NEXT DAY. I remember one particular session where I just wasn’t sure – mom was 39.5 weeks pregnant and it was blistering hot and I thought she’d be way too uncomfortable for photos. I was dead wrong – hers was one of the most peaceful sessions I have ever done.
When I was pregnant with my son (my second), I had maternity photos done at 21 weeks – we were travelling, and I wanted them done while we were on vacation – it was important to me. To this day, its one of my favourite sessions, and there was absolutely no mistaking the fact that I was pregnant.
So, throw the rules out the window – if you approach me for maternity photos, I’m going to say yes. The ideal time is when you feel ready, or when it works for you.
I have five more maternity shoots on the horizon (what!?!?). My creative juices are FLOWING.
How pregnant are you btw? 😉