I didn’t take maternity photos when I was pregnant with my daughter 3 years ago. It was my first pregnancy and I hated the way I looked and how my body had changed.
I regret not capturing those moments and taking maternity photos during my first pregnancy, so when I found out I was pregnant with our son I wanted to do things differently and capture those memories.
When you’re pregnant you may not always feel beautiful or glamorous but if you have the opportunity to take maternity photos you should and here are 5 reasons why.
1. Celebrate Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy is such a beautiful experience but sometimes it’s hard for us to see our bodies looking different. You’re growing and nourishing a life inside of you and that should always be celebrated. Your body is going to change and expand but you’re still beautiful, so enjoy your pregnancy and capture the wonder of your amazing pregnant body.
2. It’s A Great Way To Bond With Your Partner
With both of my pregnancies it was hard for my husband to bond with our unborn babies. He would never be able to experience the amazing feeling of the baby moving around in me, having hiccups or kicking. Including him in the session gave him those special memories, helped him to bond with the baby more and it was also a great way for me to connect with him.
3. Involve Siblings
If you have other children, let them be a part of the photoshoot. My 2 year old knew that mommy had a baby in her belly but really had no concept that she was about to be a big sister, but I still wanted to make her feel special and have the focus on her for a bit.
4. Family Photos
You can never have too many photos of your family. Before this maternity shoot the last time we took family photos was for our annual Christmas card, 8 months ago, so we made sure that our photographer took lots of family photos.
5. It’s Fun
We had so much fun having our pictures taken. We got to dress up, be ourselves and capture precious memories that we can look back on. These photos will be the perfect reminder of how blessed we are and how our children changed our lives.
Cristina Petrini says
I’m sorry that in Italy it is an uncommon custom because instead I love your motivations and I fully agree with them!
I wish maternity photos had been a thing when my wife was pregnant. She’s beautiful, and she was so happy to be pregnant with our kids. Photos like this would have really captured that magic.
I’m 24 weeks pregnant right now and just started thinking about taking maternity photos! It seems like a good time with the holidays approaching to do something fun.
I totally agree! With my pregnancy I hated the way I looked and didn’t want any photos. Now I regret it big time!
Matt Taylor says
Those are all great reasons for taking maternity photos. I am not married and don’t have any kids, so I haven’t experienced that yet, but someday! I will definitely put my camera skills to use. haha
Samantha Laycock says
Your dress is gorgeous. I was so sick with all of my pregnancies that I didn’t get photos. I wish I had.
I did take maternity photos with my middle daughter, but I didn’t feel comfortable with my other two pregnancies. I wish I had now that I look back.
We could unfortunately not have kids of our own but we were lucky enough to adopt. Our youngest daughter is 3 weeks today and her birth mom let me feel her stomach while she was pregant with her. That is the first time I have ever felt a pregnant stomach. It is such a special time. Photos should definitely be a must!
Aliceee Traveler says
Wow wow wow. Such a good article. I wish I would have read this when I was pregnant. Was long time before blogging and social media. Now there are so many tips and ideas. Unfortunately I missed it.
Sarah M says
It seems that you are fully enjoying and capturing these moments. I and my family were seeing old photos yesterday and we all cherished those moments again.
I completely agree! I didn’t have maternity photos with my middle child and I regret it so much. It’s nice to be able to have these and look back on them.
Emily Fata says
Such stunning maternity photos! I agree that many pregnant people should have their maternity photos taken, because it’s such a special time and it’s nice to be able to have memories to look back on (for those that want it).
Gervin Khan says
I am actually have a photo when I was pregnant but never tried to do an actual maternity photo. I am going to do this once I get pregnant again. Thanks for inspiring me.
So many awesome reasons to take maternity photos! I wish I would have taken more maternity pictures. Your photos came out so cute and so perfect!
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Yes!!! I love this so much! I agree with you 100% I’m a photographer and I love photos so I’m biased. Hehe but I love this.
Sara | mshealthesteem.com says
I couldn’t agree more! These are such beautiful photos and a wonderful way to create incredible memories and mark such a special moment. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Gorgeous! Love your dress so much! <3
Fatima D Torres says
I wish we did take maternity shots of all three pregnancies. We never found a good photographer.
Marie Phillips says
I was the same as you and didn’t get them done. I don’t really regret it because I remember how I felt about the way I looked. But now I am still not happy with where I am at. I think I need to start working on my self perspective as well as my health.
I did not take any maternity photos, which I really regret today!
Melanie williams says
Aw I could not agree with you more hun and these photos look absolutely lovely and are fab memories for sure x
Honestly, I wish I did with my son also. Like you those were the same reasons I didn’t and regret it now.
Autumn Murray says
I love the idea of maternity photos. It wasn’t a thing back when I was pregnant but I love that mothers are doing it now.