When is the Best Time For Maternity Photos?


Already planning out the perfect photos to document your pregnancy journey? I’m here to help! Let’s talk about what to expect and how to make sure you look amazing at your session.

When is the Best Time For Maternity Photos?

Ashley Newman Photography

First of all, how stunning is this mama!! We got the best sunset for our session too, so I’m basically in love!

You are expecting! It’s incredible and scary and raw and exciting and wonderful all wrapped up in one. Building a family can be a hard journey— however you got here, it’s an incredible blessing and I am so excited to share it with you! When I was pregnant, I had so many questions and fears. It was hard to even wrap my mind around planning maternity photos. Hopefully, I can help ease your mind and answer your burning questions about maternity photography.

When should I schedule my maternity session?

This is personal preference, but I always recommend scheduling when you feel comfortable. So that could be different for every family. For some that means scheduling the moment you find out. For others, it’s waiting until the 12 week mark or even the anatomy scan. Whatever you decide, plan ahead as much as you can and schedule when you feel comfortable.

When is the best time for maternity photos?

I recommend around 30 weeks. This is when you have a good bump going but aren’t too uncomfortable. Plus you will get your pictures back in time to still enjoy them before baby comes.

What if I am on bedrest?

Oh man! Best rest stinks- I was on bedrest for 2 of my pregnancies and let me tell you, it was not a vacation! First, let’s get you cleared by your doctor. You may be allowed to have brief periods of time standing. Second, let’s find you a location that works. We won’t want you to be hiking all over or having to walking through anything hazardous. Last, consider an indoor session. These are more intimate, and will allow you to be inside (out of the crazy Texas heat). I love indoor maternity sessions so much!
So long as you are cleared by your doctor, you still have options even with bedrest looming.

What do I wear?

I have an awesome list of my favorite shops for mamas to check out!

  1. Mama Bump Rentals $$$ Prefer to rent instead of own? No worries! They have got you covered with a variety of incredible, photogenic gowns.

  2. Maternity Photo Props $$ I think this is a super reasonable site with dresses similar to Sew Trendy. Under their lace gowns, they have some incredible boho dresses that I have never seen before! Think Reclamation without the price tag and a little more delicate!

  3. Reclamation Dresses $$$$ These are to die for! Literally one of a kind, hand made, incredible lace gowns that are the total wow factor.

  4. FillyBoo Maternity $$$-$$$$ For the boho mama

  5. Pink Blush Maternity $$ Simple and sweet dresses that can be worn every day.

  6. Wren & Ivory $$ Their bump friendly collection can be worn after your baby is born. They have a variety of hip dresses and more casual looks. Plus nursing friendly!

  7. Amazon $ An inexpensive way to go! Just search “maternity gowns” and make sure to read the reviews! I have had a lot of great luck with Amazon!

Can I wear more than one outfit?

Absolutely! In fact, most sessions will have enough time for 2 outfits total. I love to have something formal and then something more casual (like a bralette and a flowing kimono!).

What if my baby comes early?

We all know pregnancy can be unpredictable. Talk to Ashley, keep our team updated, and we will always be able to work with you in the event that life changes things up.

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About the Artist

Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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