As an Arizona Maternity Photographer, I have had the pleasure of photographing many baby bumps! A maternity photoshoot is a great way to celebrate this special milestone in your life. Whether you are pregnant with your first baby or you’ve had several children, each time is a special new chapter. You’re overjoyed! Despite the growing pains, your second trimester gave you a boost of energy and confidence. At this point, the anticipation of your baby’s arrival is insurmountable.
If you have been thinking about taking maternity photos you have probably been wondering, when? Between 28-34 weeks is when I recommend having your maternity photoshoot. This suggestion is just that- a suggestion. I have found that during this time, most baby bumps are pronounced enough for a maternity photoshoot. However, each body and each pregnancy is different. You may fall out of this range, and that is completely okay! You may not be completely showing yet at this time or maybe you won’t have time in your schedule until closer to your due date.
According to thebump.com, 28 weeks is the start of your third trimester and your baby is the size of an eggplant. Your baby is quickly growing and you’re becoming more uncomfortable each day. The third trimester can bring on excessive tiredness, shortness of breath, and aches and pains.
This means moving around can really start to be a challenge. You want to be early enough at the end of your pregnancy so that you can still move around and do light posing with ease. If you choose to have your session at an outdoor location, I typically only choose trails and parks that allow you to easily navigate. My number one priority during each maternity photoshoot is making sure you are safe and comfortable.
I suggest scheduling your photoshoot as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy. This will ensure availability and you will have plenty of time to plan the perfect maternity portrait session. Keep in mind, specialty wardrobe pieces, such as designer gowns, may need to be ordered for your customized photoshoot. You want to make sure everything arrives in time and fits as desired.
You will enjoy your photographs before your new little member arrives! Embrace a chance to pamper yourself before your whole world changes. You will never regret taking this time to document your pregnancy and will always treasure the memories being made.
Jasmyn Coleman is an Arizona Maternity Photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby milestones, and family portraits. Visit my website to get in touch about planning your session!
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