Maternity photo shoots?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Maternity photos aren’t necessary, but they are nice to have. I’m planning on doing a maternity session. I’m not taking pictures of my “bump” throughout the pregnancy and would like to have a few pictures of the “bump” with the hubby. I will say that if you decide to do a maternity session, find a good photographer. If you try to go the cheapest route, you will be disappointed with the quality and it won’t feel like it was worth it. Some photographers offer packages that include several sessions at a discounted price so you can do maternity, newborn, family, etc. There’s really no right or wrong answer here. It’s just a matter of your preference and what you would like to invest in.

Post # 3
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9174 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

DH’s aunt is a pretty good photographer.  i planned to have her take some pictures of me.  then it rained the weekend we planned, then it rained the next weekend, then my baby arrived 3w1d early.

i am pregnant again and plan to have her take some family photos in the early fall (I am due in december)

we did bump photos, but i think having a few pregancy photos are nice to have but not neccessary.

 

maybe look on groupon for a photo session.  or if you are in an local fb groups, ask for recommendations for inexpensive photographers that people liked.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

lula0508 :  Why don’t you just go out into a field in a flowy dress, hand your husband a camera and let him take some pictures?  Surely he can get 1-2 good ones.  Mine just took a quick shot of me the other day to show my sis and it came out pretty dang good.  We’re about to take a trip with his brothers and I assume someone will eventually point a camera at me as well. “Here’s what I looked like pregnant” is all I need and probably all you need as well.  Save the real spending for when you’ve got a human with a personality in your hands to show off.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

lula0508 :  I skipped it, but I also skipped engagement photos. Cameras are so good these days that even the worst photographer will luck into a good photo or two. Just this past weekend my husband got an AMAZING bump shot of me at 33 weeks. You’re about to have an expensive tiny human to manage – I’d save the cash. 

Post # 7
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1552 posts
Bumble bee

Save the money and do a family shoot when baby has been born! Pregnancy shoots can look great but you wont frame and hang a photo of your stomach and its unlikely you will go back over them to look at. You will however hang up the photo of you all as a family and extended family will probably also want copies.

Post # 8
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229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I didn’t do maternity pics, but I did the weekly bump pics on my own so I have lots of pictures of me pregnant… just not professional ones. I think they are sweet but we saved our money for newborn pictures. Have you thought about a newborn photo shoot? I LOVE the newborn pics we did, our photographer specialized in newborn and she did an amazing job. We got some family pics and then lots of just him. A lot of photographers offer packages that would include maternity so something to look into!

Post # 9
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440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m not big into professional photography (rather spend my money elsewhere) so take my advice knowing that.  I love more candid home photos.  I did the same as Mrs London-a bump picture every week!  I had an auto timer on my camera.  I love looking at them and the other ones my husband took of me.  For me they are plenty.

Post # 10
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m not pregnant and don’t have any kids, but I personally don’t like them. I’d rather save the money and do a newborn/family shoot!

Post # 11
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2078 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I think if you can afford it, you will have some lovely shots to look back on (I don’t think an amateur can ever capture the same types of pictures. It takes lots of skill). Maybe go for a modest package instead of one that gives you tons of pictures.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

lula0508 :  That’s pretty phenomenal sucking at photo taking.  Seriously it should take 5 minutes to show him how a DSLR works, though if you’re in manual mode, you probably need to adjust all of the settings for him.  It can’t be that hard for him to learn that the part that lights up in the viewfinder is where his photo is focused, though.  I’d give him a quick training and have him try again.  Does yours have “sports” mode?  It takes picture after picture (in auto) so that as long as he gets the focus right, odds are one of the pics will come out okay.

Post # 13
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7857 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

lula0508 :  do you have any friends that are better than him? Or a tripod and a timer? Pro vs. Darling Husband aren’t your only options. 

Post # 14
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935 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

lula0508 :  I’m not going to be doing it – I personally don’t like them. 

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