West Virginia maternity photos

Simple answer, no, you don’t need it. But, is it something you will regret not doing? Very possible! 

When I had my kids, maternity photos weren’t a “thing”. I mean, camera phones weren’t even barely a thing, so… Anyway, I do wish I had that chance to have professional photos of me and my pregnancies, other than the the random ones people would take that was always at the worst angles, when I looked my worst. 

Your pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. How awesome are our bodies to grow tiny humans?! To be posed in the best angles, with the best lighting, looking your absolute best… YES! That’s what I’m talking about! Remembering how amazing you looked, even years later. Showing your child just how loved they were and how much they were wanted, even before they came into the world. Now that all sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

Maternity photoshoot in studio. Mom is wearing a blush colored dress against a gray background.

Another reason that a maternity photoshoot is great to do – it’s your last family photos before the new baby arrives. Whether it’s just you, you and your significant other, or you have other children, your family is about to change. Most clients love doing both maternity and newborn. It gives you the family photos before (maternity) and after (newborn) baby. Which makes so much sense if you really think about it! 

Maternity photoshoot in studio. Mom is wearing a black long gown and dad is holding her baby bump. They are looking into each other's eyes.

Morgantown Photoshoot

Shannon Slemp, with Wood and Lace Photography, preparing for a newborn session in the Morgantown studio.


“Our family is just the right mix of chaos and love.”
– Unknown

Hello! I’m Shannon, the gal behind Wood and Lace. I am a full time professional photographer. When I’m not behind the camera, I am editing, working on the back end (website, marketing, etc), taking new courses to continue to grow my craft, and then all of the mom things after work is over the day. They say if you do something you love that you will never work a day in your life… I beg to differ. When you love what you do, you will work harder than you ever have in your life. The only difference is that it will feel all of the hard work is worth it.