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  • Writer's pictureJulie Stoecker

Things to know when considering doing a maternity photo session


Pregnant woman and man sitting on blanket

When should I schedule maternity photos? As a general rule of thumb, I like to schedule your maternity session shortly after you've told friends and family the exciting news! This will give us plenty of time to find a great day that works well for both of us. Maternity photos are typically taken when you're showing -- generally around 7 to 9 months into your pregnancy. I like to do them between weeks 32-35 in case baby decides to come early. You don't want to wait until the end of your pregnancy either because let's face it, you may not feel up to doing photos when it's about time for baby to come.


Pregnant woman in red dress

How many outfits should I bring to my maternity session? One or two outfits for your maternity session is a good number to bring. Whether you want to wear more than that is up to you. I always recommend bringing a backup outfit or two just in case you're not "feeling" the outfit you'd planned to wear.


Family sitting on rock by a lake

What should I consider when planning maternity outfits? My biggest piece of advice is to wear something you feel both comfortable and beautiful in. Make sure it's something that we can easily showcase your baby bump in. Lastly, wear a supportive, well-fitting bra. Between us ladies, I know that breasts change a lot during pregnancy, so pick up a new bra that fits immaculately before our session to avoid discomfort and any lumps or bumps! I do have a couple of beautiful maternity gowns should you be stuck on what to wear.


family standing together in a park

Where do we take the photographs? Where we take photographs depends on the type of session we're shooting. For maternity and gender reveal sessions, I like to do on-location, outdoor photographs that let us maximize our access to natural light. This can be in a beautiful pasture, quaint park, in the woods or even in urban settings.


Mother snuggling daughter

Can my partner or child be in the photographs, too? Of course! I love incorporating mom, dad and your other children into our session photos. While in most cases you and dad will be the stars of the day, I believe it's so important to have several photographs with the entire family.


I would love to document your growing family. You can book your maternity session here. I am a photographer based in Springfield, MO. I specialize in family, children, newborn, senior and wedding photography.

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