Funny story: I’ve known Amira for a few years now, and although I don’t get to see her often, she has always been dear to my heart with her huge, loving spirit. I always look forward to seeing her and catching up! I was really flattered when she reached out to me to see if I could take her maternity photos, but you know what I initially had to tell her? “I had no idea you were pregnant!” Haha. I was so very, very happy for her. She also did something I would suggest every pregnant woman to do if they want to have a maternity session – plan ahead.
The ideal time to take maternity photos is between 31-35 weeks when you’re definitely showing, but you’re still fairly comfortable. Research your photographers and schedule a date early on so you don’t have to worry about it (you’ll have a billion other things to worry about the closer you get to your due date!). I took mine at 31 weeks, and I was still very comfortable (see some of them here).
We did 3 outfit changes here. We had some fun and really took our time as long as the weather cooperated. Something I would suggest to do that Amira was awesome at was sending me photos on Pinterest that she liked so I could get a better idea of what her ideal style was. She just created a board on Pinterest, pinned the photos she loved, and sent the board to me. I got updates as she pinned new things, so by the time we were going to do the session, I already had a good idea of what to do. It also helps if you get a little stuck on creativity, you can just pull out your phone and breeze through the board again for inspiration. Just keep in mind though, don’t ever, ever, ever expect a photographer to re-enact a photo exactly. Keep an open mind and know that your photographer (if they’ll even accept looking at Pinterest boards) is just going to capture the essence of those photos. Environment, lighting, and even yourself determine the outcome of the photos. This may be blunt, but your photographer is not a magician that can recreate every one of those aspects perfectly. You will love your photos more if you keep an open mind. Trust me.
Anyway, here are some of my favorites from their session! Amira, her husband, and their fur babies were real naturals in front of the camera, huh? 🙂 You can also find their newborn session here
“Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone