If you’re new to the world of motherhood or are currently pregnant, you might be wondering why people rave about maternity photography. Is it worth the money and time? Why not just document this special moment with some smartphone snaps?
Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.
- A maternity session is all about you.
During pregnancy, your body goes through so many changes, some dramatic, some subtle. Your skin stretches, your hair changes consistency, and you might even have a pregnancy mask (melasma) on your face. These changes can make you feel like you’re losing touch with your own identity and who you used to be before you became a mum-to-be. By scheduling a professional maternity session with PeeDee Visuals Photography, you give yourself time to focus on yourself and how beautiful and strong you look during this special period in your life. This is a great opportunity to dress up and feel glamorous!
- Pregnancy passes by quickly.
Yes, pregnancy does take 9 long months, but those last few weeks seem to fly by! Before you know it, you’ll be meeting your baby for the first time. Documenting your pregnancy with beautiful photographs ensures that you always have something to look back on and remember this amazing time.
You can share the photos with grandparents & other relatives. It can be difficult for relatives who live far away to see just how big your belly has gotten or how much your pregnancy glow has changed since they last saw you in person. Sharing professionally taken photos allows them to feel like they’re right there with you, sharing in this wonderful moment! They also make great keepsakes and can be passed down from generation to generation.
The relationship between mother & child starts before birth Studies have shown that babies in utero can recognize their mother’s voice as early as 16 weeks gestation. Having some beautiful photographs of the two of you together during this time is such a treasure that will only become more precious as time goes by. These photos will help remind your child of how loved they were even before they were born.
- Dads need love too! Don’t forget about the dads-to-be during this special time! Just as mothers go through physical changes during pregnancy, fathers experience hormonal changes as well. He might not necessarily be carrying the baby, but he IS going through this life-changing event right along with you and deserves to be celebrated too! Professional maternity photographers will make sure to capture dad’s excitement and anticipation during the shoot, which makes for some truly touching images.
The parting thoughts
As someone who has both experienced a professional maternity shoot firsthand and been behind the camera capturing these magical moments for others, I can attest to how important they are! If you’re currently pregnant or know someone who is expectant, definitely consider gifting them a maternity session – it will be something they cherish forever.