Maternity and Newborn Photoshoots…

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
380 posts
Helper bee

As a professional photographer I would have to say you should do both, but here’s the thing. Most pregnant moms don’t feel like they should get maternity photos because they feel gross and fat, etc. I promise you don’t photograph that way. I hear all the time about moms who felt that way, but then afterwards wished they got them done because that was their first/last baby and they wished they could see their pregnant belly again. Maternity photos are all about capturing that connection between mom and unborn baby in belly, and they’re super special. That said, if you don’t want maternity photos, please at least do newborn photos. They are only that little once – you don’t want to not have professional photos of your baby that small. Plus, most photographers capture all the little details of baby that you might not remember in 10 years – you’ll want to have them. Trust me.


Post # 32
9801 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you only want to do one definitely do the newborn photos.  And I think the newborn photos are worth it regardless so I would highly recommend doing them and having them professionally done.  They are only that little for a very small time and if you do it within the first couple weeks they are super sleepy and usually any possible colic and fussiness doesn’t set in until after 2 weeks.  

I had maternity photos with my first (free) and they’re fine but newborn is much better.  We got a few maternity pictures with #2 because we did a mini family photo shoot when I was ~37 weeks pregnant but it wasn’t a total maternity shoot.  Newborn pictures would be my priority and definitely recommend those.  I ended up buying a 1 year package for #2 for like $1200 or so and it was definitely worth it.  We did newborn (studio), 6mo (studio including a few with sister), 10mo (outside, including family so it counted as our family photos we normally do every fall), and 1 year birthday/cake (studio) plus my photog happened to have a christmas set up for another shoot that weekend so she did a few of both kids in their christmas jammies with the 1 year birthday photos.  We got a lot for the $1200 I did spend lol.

Post # 33
9522 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my son was early, 36 weeks.  the weekend he was born, i was scheduled to have maternity photos done.  DH’s aunt takes really good photos, so i was just having her take some. but obviously we didn’t make it.  (this was after being rained out the prior 2 weekends).

i did have newborn photos, but i didn’t love our photographer. then a friend of my husbands took some family photos of us when DS was 6ish months.  i LOVE those.

#2, i planned a little earlier and had DH’s aunt take some family photos. it was probably the same timing.  i think we had the photos done around 36/37 weeks.  then we didn’t do newborn photos with her.  but over the summer, we had family photos taken at the beach (with grandma and uncle).  in the spring, we’ll have DH’s aunt take some more family photos.

i honestly like the family photos of when the kids are a little older.  i have tons of newborn photos i took  myself. but i don’t regret it.  i just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for #2.

doing family photos, even with professionals, are a lot cheaper. thankfully we have decent photographers in our family who don’t charge us.

Post # 34
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I debated doing both, only because I did neither for my daughter. We were too strapped for cash back then and couldn’t afford it. The logistics of the maternity shoot this time became too difficult and I just gave up on it because it was stressing me out.

We are definitely doing the newborn photos, though. I am so sad that I didn’t do these with my daughter, I didn’t want to miss them with baby #2. Plus, we can do photos of my daughter with her new brother and capturing that connection, which I am really excited about. 

Post # 35
4195 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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MrsGirlyGirl :  Welcome back! My husband and I are trying right now too, and we’ll be doing all of he photos! I’m always making custom photo gifts for family and we have a ton around our house and in our offices. 

Post # 37
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MrsGirlyGirl :  I have a 7 month old. I never got maternity photos, and I don’t regret it. We did do newborns, and honestly, I wish we would have splurged for a photographer who specialized in newborn photos. The newborn phase goes by so fast 😭

Post # 38
15128 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t want to spend a ton (like more than 250-300) on maternity photos and couldn’t find anything less than $650 so i had a friend of mine who’s a hobby photographer to take some pictures for us and that was all I really needed for maternity pics.  I didnt want anything like those goddess pics or anything too extravagant, just some “normal” pictures that showed the bump nicely.  Newborn pictures were a definite must for me.  I hired a photographer for the posed ones, which I find really cute since I knew I’d be unable to recreate those myself.  I haven’t decided if I’ll go back for pro pics for milestones or have my friend take them.

Post # 39
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I had my maternity photoshoot last month and already received all the edited pictures. Ours were done at a park and we had both posed pics as well as candid shots with two photographers.  We got it done for a great price because the main photog is my friend’s sister. Either way, I am so in love with the pictures. This is my first and last pregnancy, so I wanted to capture the moment as much as possible.  My older sister did not have it done and didn’t regret it until years later when she realized her first pregnancy was her last and now her twins are much older.

As far as newborn pics we plan on having the same photographer come out to our home. We have seen her work and it is amazing with newborns. I simply can’t wait to meet my LO and capture those moments.

Lastly, I suggest doing a molded cast of your belly too. We just did mine at 38 weeks and it is nice to know I can look back at our little piece of art and remember this moment.

Post # 40
281 posts
Helper bee

No maternity pics for me. I am 17 weeks with twins and already feeling lumpy and not cute. I don’t really get the hype anyway.


I am psyched for newborn pics though. I am so ready to swoon over some cuddly baby poses!

Post # 41
1943 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

It is entirely possible to do a newborn photoshoot and NOT be “extra” – the same can’t be said for maternity photoshoots. I don’t think I’ll ever get on the materinity photoshoot train. It’s…idk. Very Kardashian in nature. 

However, newborn photos are delightful and I wholeheartedly endorse them, but I seem to see a lot of newborn photoshoots that are just….idk. Very attention-seeking. But it’s possible to avoid that.

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