If I could go back in time, I’d book a maternity session in an instant. During my pregnancy, I was so self-conscious about my changing body and only captured my journey to motherhood through the lens of my iPhone. It’s one of my biggest regrets, and I’m so glad Jon and Ash chose to capture every stage of their journey to becoming a family of three. They are the absolute sweetest family, and their love for each other is so precious. In fact, Jon surprised Ash with their maternity-first year photography package, which was just so thoughtful and sweet. I love when parents are so intentional about capturing the love of their growing family.
When families reach out to me about their Cincinnati maternity session, their number one question is “when is the best time to book and when should we schedule our session?” I only book maternity sessions as add-ons to lifestyle newborn sessions, so I recommend reaching out as soon as you’re comfortable in your pregnancy to reserve your dates. Typically lifestyle maternity sessions are scheduled around 32-35 weeks of pregnancy, and in-home newborn sessions are within the first ten days of your new baby’s life.
The next thing people are often anxious about is posing and feeling awkward. Often, maternity photos are the first professional images you’ve had taken since your wedding, and people report quite mixed results about how they felt during that session! As a social worker and mental health therapist, a huge part of what I focus on during unposed sessions is making sure everyone feels comfortable. I really want to get to know you and your partner (and any kids or pets you bring along), and my job is to help everyone relax. I can tell you that that’s the number one thing I hear after sessions (even from dads) is that they were surprised by how much they didn’t feel awkward in front of a camera.
I absolutely love capturing the sweet excitement and love in a maternity session, and if you’re ready to chat about capturing this stage as your family grows, reach out here. I know forty weeks feels long in the moment, but it goes by so quickly, and you’re going to want more than quick phone pictures to remember this stage.