When Should I Have Maternity Photos

Maternity Photoshoot in Morgantown, WV

The big question… “When should I do maternity photos?” is asked all the time! I’m here to help answer and maybe guide you as to when may be right for you.

As you may have guessed, it’s not a one answer type of question. There are many factors that go into choosing the best time for you. What may be the best time for you, may not be the best time for your best friend, cousin, or co-worker. 

So, let’s break it down a little and see what may be your best time frame for your maternity session.

Maternity photoshoot in studio. Mom is wearing is a crop top and ripped jeans.

Is this your first pregnancy? Not always, but the more pregnancies we have had, the sooner we can go into labor. You want to make sure you’re able to have your maternity pictures taken and not miss out because you went into labor. Obviously, this isn’t always avoidable, but something to consider.

Maternity photoshoot in studio with mom lying on her back, holding her baby bump, and looking straight at the camera. She is wearing a red dress.

Are you having a healthy pregnancy? If all things are going great and healthy with you and the baby, you can generally go a little later into pregnancy. Again, you don’t want to miss out having your maternity photos taken, but you also don’t want to put yours and/or baby’s health at risk.

Photoshoot for maternity in studio. Black background with a gold canvas behind mom wearing a black dress.

How big do you want your bump to be in your photos? Some people want it to be nice and full, others prefer while it’s still pretty small and growing. This is all personal preference, pregnancy is such a beautiful thing and they will be gorgeous regardless of when you do them! 

In studio maternity session in Morgantown, WV. Mom is wearing a sweater dress and holding her baby bump. She has on beautiful ankle boots to complement the dress.

To sum it all up, these are all questions I will ask you when we talk dates for your session. I typically recommend 28-34 weeks (large range, I know! But, remember, lots of factors to consider.). The biggest factors are to make sure to keep you and baby comfortable at all times, make sure you stay well hydrated (I will have water for you!), and to do this when you feel you are ready. You know your body best and you need to listen to it. 

When Should I do Maternity Photos?

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.”
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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.