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Northern Virginia Family Photographer | When should I book my maternity session? I’m (insert your DD) weeks now

Intro: Congratulations, mama-to-be! Your journey to motherhood is a beautiful and transformative experience, and capturing this special time through maternity photography is a wonderful way to cherish the memories. One question that often arises is, “When should I book my maternity session?” In this blog post, we’ll explore the ideal timeframe for scheduling your session, ensuring you have stunning images that capture your gorgeous pregnancy glow. | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

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The Best Time for Maternity Sessions: The recommended timeframe for booking your maternity session is between 30 to 34 weeks of pregnancy. This window allows for your baby bump to be prominent and beautifully rounded while ensuring you’re still comfortable enough to move and pose naturally. However, every pregnancy is unique, and factors such as the size and position of your belly may influence the optimal timing for your session. 

Expecting twins is an extra special journey, and it’s recommended to book your maternity session a bit earlier, around 26 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. This allows for capturing the beautiful baby bump before it becomes more challenging to move and pose comfortably with two bundles of joy.

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At 30 weeks your baby is the size of a large cabbage! Why 30-34 Weeks? During the 30-34 week mark, your belly is beautifully rounded, creating a stunning visual focal point for your maternity photos. At this stage, you’ve likely entered the third trimester, and you’re glowing with the anticipation of meeting your little one. It’s an ideal time to capture the essence of your pregnancy, showcasing the love, joy, and excitement you’re experiencing.

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Physical Comfort: Selecting a date within this timeframe also can help ensure that you’ll be physically comfortable during the session. Maternity sessions typically involve different poses and movements, and being at a stage where you can move easily and without discomfort will enhance the overall experience. Remember, the goal is to celebrate your journey while feeling relaxed and at ease.  With that said, be sure if your session is outside to pack water.  The last thing we want is for you to become dehydrated while shooting IF in a beautiful flower garden/field.

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Weather Considerations: When scheduling your maternity session, it’s important to consider the weather conditions. If you’re planning an outdoor shoot, you’ll want to choose a time when the weather is pleasant and conducive to a comfortable experience. By booking your session during the 30-34 week range, you can typically avoid extreme heat or cold temperatures that may impact your comfort during the shoot.  {keeping in mind that I offer golden-hour sessions which happen before sunset when we are outside.}

Flexibility and Availability: Booking your maternity session in advance gives you the flexibility to choose a date and time that works best for you and your photographer. It allows you to plan ahead, ensuring that you secure your preferred photographer and reserve a spot on their calendar. This is especially crucial if you have a specific vision for your maternity photos or if you’re looking to capture seasonal elements, such as blooming flowers or autumn foliage.

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Yearbook Plans and Additional Sessions: At Four Souls Photography, I offer Yearbook Plans, providing you with the opportunity to capture multiple sessions throughout the year and receive all your images. This allows you to document your journey from maternity to newborn and beyond, creating a comprehensive visual legacy for your family. These sessions are offered at a discount rate and have savings of over $1600!

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Ready to Book? If you’re excited to schedule your maternity session or have any questions, I’m here to guide you through the process. Visit the link below to reserve your due date on my calendar, and let’s create stunning images that will forever remind you of the incredible journey you’re on. You can also explore my website to learn more about my maternity sessions and the special First 48 or newborn sessions I offer.

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Ok, let’s wrap up: So there you have it next time someone asks you when should I book my maternity session you now have the answer! Booking your maternity session at the right time ensures that you have stunning photos that beautifully document this precious chapter in your life. The 30-34 week mark strikes a balance between showcasing your baby bump and ensuring your comfort during the session. Remember to plan ahead, communicate with your photographer, and embrace the joy and excitement of this remarkable journey.

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At Four Souls Photography, I specialize in capturing the magic of motherhood through beautiful and timeless maternity portraits. Book your maternity session today and let’s capture the beauty of your pregnancy!




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  1. Great post! So good to know exactly when is the best time to book your maternity shoot! Beautiful images too!

  2. I love that you included that at 30 weeks your baby is the size of a cabbage, who knew!

  3. Gorgeous images! It’s so important to book ahead of time to have time to prepare for maternity photos, especially since the baby can come early!

  4. Ashlie says:

    Great information for when to book maternity portraits. It’s such an important part of remembering this special time of life.

  5. Charis says:

    Good things to consider for you getting maternity photos done.

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