BookmarkBookmarkTick

How Do I Find a Good Maternity Photographer?

How do I choose a maternity photographer?
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
February 12, 2017
Hero Image
Image: Denisse Benitez Photogoraphy

Maternity portraits are typically taken between 28 and 32 weeks, so there’s not much room for error if you’re not happy with the results. These tips will help you get it right the first time.

Start early

Look into your options at the end of your first trimester, so you have plenty of time to research and compare different photographers, ask questions and address concerns. What’s the price point? What does the package include? Do you feel relaxed with this photographer? Will she be doing the editing? “This is a great time to get to know your photographer before the session so you can be comfortable at the shoot,” says Alicia Gines of California-based Alicia Gines Photography.

Find a Specialist

Browse the photographer’s website to get a feel for her past experience and areas of expertise. If she has a variety of examples from maternity sessions, that’s a good sign. “Experienced shooters will be familiar with the most flattering angles for your pregnant body, and know how to focus on your belly while deemphasizing other (also expanding!) body parts, like your hips, arms and legs,” says Jennifer Loomis of Jennifer Loomis Photography. “Similar or redundant images on the website can indicate a lack of creative artistry.”

Think About Style

As you consider a photographer, think about what you want your photos to look like. Are you hoping for something artistic and moody, or simple and realistic? Do you want to be in an interesting environment, or would you prefer more formal portraits with a simple backdrop? “Find someone whose work speaks to you and that you can see yourself in,” Gines says. Also ask whether she uses film or digital (or both). Images shot on film have a soft, organic look that can lend a nostalgic feel, while digital has a sharper quality, vibrant colors and an overall crispness.

Related Video

Check Referrals

“If you weren’t personally referred by someone who already used the photographer and has a positive recommendation, ask them for several referrals to contact,” Loomis says. “These might be posted on the website.”

Think Long Term

Can this photographer also do your newborn portraits? You’re going to spend time screening a photographer, and presumably establishing a level of trust, so it makes sense to find someone you can use again. “New people bring uneasy feelings, which can disturb baby,” says Gines. “Trust within the group will make for a comfy newborn, which will lead to great photos.”

Don’t Rule Out DIY

Whether maternity photos aren’t in your budget or you just don’t have the time to schedule a session, you’ll still want to visually document your pregnancy. Trust us: You’ll regret it if you don’t have at least a few photos to look back on once baby is here. Ask your partner or a friend or family member who’s good with the camera to help you out and stage a makeshift photo shoot. For the most flattering photos, head outdoors to shoot during the golden hour (the hour or so right before the sun goes down or right after it comes up), when the light will be ideal for capturing warm, glowing portraits.

Close-up of pregnant woman holding baby moccasin shoes by her belly.

Time Lapse Video Beautifully Shows How a Woman Transforms Into a Mom

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
07/14/2021
pregnant bindi irwin pictured with her husband outdoors

Bindi Irwin Recreates Sweet Moment Between Parents With Maternity Photo

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
01/15/2021
model Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid Is Sharing Her Baby Bump With a Gorgeous Photoshoot

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
08/27/2020
unedited maternity photo shoot helps women embrace their pregnant bodies

One Mom’s Photoshoot Is Going Viral for the Most Amazing Reason

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
11/11/2019
dad stands in for maternity shoot

Dad Poses in Maternity Photoshoot to Cheer Pregnant Wife on Bed Rest

profile picture of Laurie Ulster
Laurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
10/01/2019
couple does their maternity shoot in ikea

Maternity Photo Shoot at IKEA Captures the Nesting Phase of Pregnancy

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
07/15/2019
couple stages scary halloween theme pregnancy and birth shoot

This Is the Most Terrifying Maternity Shoot You Will Ever See

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
10/11/2018
women posing milk baths and florals

How to Take Milk Bath Maternity Photos

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Chick-fil-A maternity shoot

Mom Celebrates 'Little Nugget' With Chick-fil-A Maternity Shoot

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
05/15/2018
rainbow maternity shoot using glitter

Mom's Glitter Rainbow Baby Shoot Honors the 'Sparkle She Left Behind'

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
04/18/2018
painted  pregnant bellies

26 Stunning Painted Pregnant Bellies

profile picture of Ashlee Neuman
Ashlee Neuman
Deputy Editor
Article removed.