When to Book a Maternity Session

June 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

When to Book Your Maternity Session

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If you are reading this and are expecting to bring a little one into the world, congratulations! Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and exciting times in life, and we’re so happy you’re considering capturing this moment with a maternity session.

When to schedule a maternity session is one of the most frequently asked questions at our studio. There is no absolutely perfect time to book your session, but our studio does have a recommendation.

Our Recommendation

When women are booking a maternity session at our Walnut Creek studio or at another location in the bay area, we recommend booking in the third trimester when they are 30-34 weeks along. We recommend this time frame because it gives a balance of visibility with the baby bump, along with mobility to position for a variety of maternity poses.

What Happens if Your Session is Earlier?

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If you decide to book your session a bit earlier than the 30–34-week mark, for example, 25-28 weeks, you can still get beautiful maternity photos. The biggest difference is you will not be showing as much, compared to if you waited 4-5 more weeks. However, you may feel more comfortable positioning yourself in a variety of poses at that time when you will have better mobility. If you don’t want to be showing as much in your images, and wish to be as mobile and flexible as possible, it may be a good idea to schedule your maternity session a few weeks earlier than recommended.

What Happens if Your Session is Later?

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If you decide to book your maternity session for closer to your due date, around 35-37 weeks, your images will still turn out beautiful. Your bump will be showing considerably more than if you booked your session at 30 weeks, which some women prefer. However, since your belly is bigger, you will likely be less comfortable in a variety of poses, and your mobility will be reduced. If you want your bump to be more prominent in your photos, and don’t mind only doing simpler poses, a later maternity session may be perfect for you.

Bottom Line

As we mentioned earlier, we recommend 30-34 weeks as the ideal time frame for a maternity session to get the perfect balance of showing off your bump, while at the same time feeling comfortable and mobile. Though a slightly earlier, or slightly later maternity session will still produce beautiful images, so it is completely based on preference! Hopefully this article was helpful for you in planning your maternity session. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected], or give us a call at 925-430-9928.



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