A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
--Eda J. Le Shan
When is the perfect time to schedule a maternity session? This is a question I’m asked pretty frequently by expectant mothers and there are a few things to consider prior to scheduling this extra special session.
For the first time mom…
The perfect time for maternity photos is somewhere between 26 and 34 weeks (7 or 8 months). As you're entering your final trimester, your belly will be nice and round, and you'll also still feel mobile and up to taking photos. The other benefit to this time frame is that we are hopefully not risking getting so close to delivery that we miss the opportunity altogether.
If it’s your second (or third...or fourth!) pregnancy…
You may begin to show earlier than your first. Therefore, you might consider scheduling your maternity photos a smidge sooner, too.
If you’re a twins’ momma…
Take it from me and my own experience on this one! If you’re growing two babies in that beautiful belly, you'll be showing earlier, and more than likely delivering earlier, too. At 6 months pregnant, I looked like I was 9 months, and was on bed rest by 29 weeks! The best time for photos is between 24 and 28 weeks.
Is there such a thing as too late?
Hey- if a maternity session didn't make the top of your 'getting ready for baby' to do list, that's totally fine! Even if you are just getting around to maternity photos and you are later in your third trimester - if you’re feeling good, feeling mobile, and up for photos, then by all means I will be ready with my camera!
The risks to scheduling later are that you may feel tired and uncomfortable during your session and that's no fun! Also, we'd hate to run into an early delivery situation before we've had a chance to photograph this stage of your journey, even as excited as everyone is to meet your new little one!
Is there such a thing as too early?
The risk of scheduling too early is simply that your baby bump won't be defined as well for that “full maternity” look. However, if there is a reason you definitely need to schedule earlier than 24 or 25 weeks, there are some posing tricks to help make that bump pop!