(Closed) Maternity photo shoots?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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lula0508 :  

I’ve thought about having DH do it, and we even bought a really nice DSLR camera for Christmas anticipating that we’d be needing it soon…unfortunately I’ve learned over the course of my pregnancy that he is hands down the worst photographer to have ever held a camera. I’ve been asking him to snap a weekly picture of me just to track my belly growing. OMG they’re so bad. Every single one of them. Most are blurry and out of focus, or seriously crooked…or I say, hey, try to make me in the center of the photo…nope, I’m way off to the side and the focal point is our messy kitchen counter in the background.

<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>This right here is why you hire a professional. I get so irritated when I read people say things like “cameras are so good these days just take your own”. It’s proof that just because you have a nice camera doesn’t mean you can get a great photo. I can buy all the same tools my hairdresser has, it doesn’t mean I can cut your hair.</div>
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<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>In all seriousness, only do it if you want to. As a photographer, photos are obviously very important to me and I put a lot of priority into documenting big moments. That doesn’t mean everyone feels that way, and that’s ok. If you think you want to have it done, spring for a pro. I can tell you that like 99% of the maternity sessions I do are just with mom, rarely do I ever do them where dad is there. If he is, he comes for maybe a few photos together and then leaves.</div>
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<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>As someone who has struggled to get (and stay pregnant) I will for sure do maternity photos. Who knows if when we finally have a keeper it will be our only child. Rarely in life will you ever look back and photos and think “gosh I wish I hadn’t bothered documenting this”. On the flip side I hear people ALL the time who regret not having photos done. It’s the #1 reason I urge people to book family sessions. I hear so many moms who say they aren’t happy with how they look. In 30 years, your kids will just be happy to have those photos. Who cares what others think? I see posts where people think engagement photos, or newborn photos, or any other kind of pro session are cheesy and unnecessary. Maybe it is to them – but just because they don’t want to do it doesn’t mean it’s any less ok for you to do it.</div>
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Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I didn’t do them and never regretted it. We did a nice family shoot when my baby was a few weeks old, and I’m glad I spent the money there. I have a few candid shots of me pregnant, and that was good enough for me. Nothing against those who want to do them, but it’s not really something that appealed to me. 

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lula0508 :  personally – I think I would prefer newborn pictures to maternity photos but I’m not pregnant and haven’t been.

I think having photos of my brand new squishy baby would be more sentimental personally.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I personally skipped the maternity photos and did newborn photos instead, which I would HIGHLY recommend. They change soooo quick it’s crazy! We love our newborn/family photos.

Honestly the majority of the maternity photos I’ve seen are kind of cringey to me…unless they’re like the super duper high end photographers.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

I’m 30 weeks pregnant and won’t be doing maternity photos. I’ve had lots of abdominal surgery and don’t really want to document my bump. We’ve just been taking pictures of me with our phones and my husband’s Canon camera. My husband is a Communications Technology teacher and teaches photography and videography so he enjoys taking photos. We will be having professional newborn and 1 year photos of our baby done instead.

If maternity photos are something you really want, go for it. Enjoy. 🙂

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have no desire to be in any picture while pregnant. I even avoided pictures at my baby shower. I’ve never been this large before in my life, and I have no desire to document it. I plan to take a million photos of my son after he is born though 🙂 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

I didn’t do them but if I had it to do over I would!  All I have are three selfie bump shots in the bathroom mirror and they are lame.  It’s a pretty cool experience and neat to look back at yourself in that state.  Of course I would say newborn shots are more important … but if you can afford to do both, why not?  Photos are very valuable to me I guess, so I’m willing to spend money on them.

Post # 23
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Busy bee

I did them at 34 weeks. It was a good time for them I think.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Although we are not yet pregnant (TTC this month), DH’s best friend is a photographer and has already told us that he wants to do a maternity shoot for us. He’s done one for most of our friends who’ve had kids and they came out really nice, so I have no hesitations in using him. He’ll do the shoot for free and we only have to pay for the photos we want. If we didn’t have this offer, however, I really doubt I’d get maternity photos done – newborn sure, but I can’t really see myself putting any maternity photos on display (although it would be nice to have some more of DH and I as we never get photos together – I’m usually the one behind the camera).

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Why don’t you invest in a good camera instead and have your husband or a friend take photos.  That way you have a nice camera to capture your little one growing up.  You can get a pretty nice camera with a couple of lenses for 500 bucks- it seems like a better investment, because you can continue to use them.  

I am almost 25 weeks pregnant, and most days I’m really not comfortable with how I look pregnant.  I’m hesitant for people to take photos on their cell phones of me, haven’t been recording belly photos, so investing the money in maternity photos just isn’t for me.  I would hate to have those photos hanging around.  However- I can’t wait to capture pictures of my baby and our family.  For me it would be much more worth it to have a family photo shoot, because I know once she is born I’ll be obsessed with capturing her photos (and I’m not naturally a photo taker- I just will be obsessed with her… lol)

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Granted I don’t have kids, but I think they’re kind of silly. If you have unlimited funds, ok sure why not. Otherwise, I would save that money and put it towards a newborn shoot and/or a family shoot at 6-12 months when the kid is smiley and adorable. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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lula0508 :  you should download the BabyCentre app. Their bumpie tool has an outline of your head and body for your DH to line you up with so he can’t go wrong!!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Im 18 weeks and we booked ours around 13 weeks because I knew the photographer I wanted and knew she booked so fast. We are not really picture people, and have few pictures together. I enjoy having our engagement pictures because they are nice pictures we can display in our room and they make me happy! I decided to get maternity photos because we worked hard to get here and I want to remember how beautiful of an experience this has been. They are quite expensive, however she charges as a package, so we will also get a newborn shoot with the package for 650.00. Im really looking forward to the newborn pics, as we have decided not to do the tradiitonal pictures with our baby wrapped in different things, and placed in baskets, but rather a lifestyle shoot in our home… mostly the nursery. I want those pictures to be less staged and more real. Its nice to have pictures to look back on.

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