Pregnancy is beautiful, but it doesn’t always feel that way. While you may be lucky enough to enjoy some of the perks, like glowing skin, and the cutest baby bump, you’re also going to see the downsides of pregnancy – swollen ankles, newfound tiger stripes, and a rollercoaster of mood swings. Sounds fun, right? Since some expectant Mums often aren’t looking or feeling their best, especially towards the end, you may question whether you should take maternity photos at all.
If you don’t feel like you’re rocking this whole pregnancy thing, you should still have maternity photos taken. Even though pregnancy can have its less-than-enjoyable moments, your body is doing an incredibly beautiful thing. You’ll never regret documenting this change with maternity photos. Here are five good reasons why every mama-to-be should schedule a maternity photo session.
The truth is, while pregnancy is hard, there is something simultaneously magical about it. You’re growing a new life, and you’re the only one your child is depending on. You feel their every hiccup, every kick, and every headbutt to your ribs. You’re completely connected.
Once it’s over and done with, you’ll find yourself wandering down nostalgia lane and remembering all those baby kicks (and the ability to eat whatever you wanted guilt-free). So, it’s especially important to capture these moments because you won’t be pregnant forever, and your pregnancy will fly by quicker than you anticipated.
Having maternity photos to look back on will be a standing reminder of that magical time when new life was gestating inside your belly. When you see those beautiful pictures of yourself, you will always smile.
Most women experience a decline in self-confidence as their pregnancy progresses. Your ever-expanding tummy may seem like the perfect excuse to avoid taking photos for a solid nine months, but it’s just the opposite!
You see, at the end of the day you come to realize the beautiful truth – you’re growing a human being – and that is enough of a reason to celebrate! Dressing up in a way that accentuates your bump, putting on some makeup, and pampering yourself (hello, pedicure!) for a photography session may be just what the doctor ordered for a case of the pregnancy blues.
Taking maternity photos together with your partner is a great way to strengthen your bond and celebrate the new life you’re bringing into this world. It’s that final chance to document how your is at the moment before morphing from a couple into a family.
Taking maternity photos can also help partners develop a strong emotional bond with their growing baby. Helping your spouse bond with your infant will also help you both re-establish your connection.
If this isn’t your first baby, you can bring along your older child to the maternity shoot as well. Many older siblings find it challenging at first to adjust to a new baby in the family. Taking pictures with their pregnant Mummy can help them understand that a new person is coming and even get them excited about the baby’s arrival!
While many women choose to celebrate the changes their body undergoes during pregnancy and document them in photographs; other women are more conservative. I will work with you to understand your needs and your level of comfort. One of the popular trends these days in maternity photography involves flowing fabrics that tastefully cover parts of your body while revealing the rest.
As your child grows, you will probably find yourself reminiscing about your pregnancy days and how quiet the house was. You’ll love reflecting on how you had such a tiny human growing inside you, and your maternity photos will be a wonderful reminder of a time long gone.
Your children will enjoy seeing these pictures when they’re older, too. They’ll absolutely love seeing how gorgeous their mama was when you were pregnant with them.
They won’t notice those few extra pounds and the bags under your eyes from your lack of sleep. They’ll focus on something more important than that – their amazing Mama!
Scheduling a maternity photoshoot should be on every mama-to-be’s checklist.
By having maternity photos taken, you’re giving your child a glimpse of a world they’ll never be able to see for themselves – the time their parents spent as a couple before they entered the picture. They’ll have physical proof of how excited you were to meet them.
As hard as it might be to envision now, time passes quickly. It won’t be long before your child may be showing these pictures to their own child. Your grandchild, who might only know you as the gray-haired grandma who is always quick to offer a hug and a biscuit, will have the opportunity to see you in another light.
That’s a tremendous gift to give your child and the children who come into your family after them. And it’s a great present to yourself and your spouse as well. It’s something the whole family will cherish forever.
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