When Is The Best Time To Book Maternity Photos?

when to book maternity photos

Pregnancy is such a magical, life-changing time. Your body instinctively knows how to grow and change to support your growing baby, and every day is filled with new experiences…some positive and some not so enjoyable!

It also passes so quickly, and before you know it you’re holding your gorgeous new baby in your arms. That’s why having professional maternity photographs taken is such a wonderful thing to do – freezing this magical time forever, so that you can look back and remember how amazing it felt to be carrying your baby, and show your little one how they looked inside your tummy when they are old enough to understand.

When you’re planning a maternity shoot I’m sure you’ll have lots of questions. From what to wear to the best time in your pregnancy to have the photographs taken.

In this article I’ll focus on the best time to book your maternity photo shoot. We’ll cover:

  • The best time during your pregnancy to take maternity photographs.
  • What to do if you’re at risk of an early delivery.
  • When to get in touch and book your session.


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How Far Along In Your Pregnancy Should You Be For Maternity Pictures?

You’ll find that every photographer has their own preference about when they take maternity photographs during your pregnancy.

However you’ll probably find that most photographers recommend taking your maternity photographs between 30 – 36 weeks. This window falls between months 7 and 8 of pregnancy. Having your maternity session at this time will usually result in the most flattering photographs as your bump will be nice and round at this stage, but not so heavy that you feel overly tired and uncomfortable.

It also means that you have the photographs taken well before your baby reaches full-term at 37 weeks. After all, you can’t go back and take the photographs once your baby has arrived.

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I’m having twins or triplets, or am due to have my baby early. Are the rules for maternity photos different?

Every pregnancy is different, and you may be in a situation where your doctor has discussed the possibility of you having an early delivery.

If this is the case, please don’t worry. The 30-36 week guideline is just that – a guideline not a rule.

I recommend discussing your individual situation with your chosen photographer. They will be able to talk to you about your options, and the kinds of photographs they can capture for you earlier on in your pregnancy.

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When to Book Your Maternity Photo Shoot

Again, you’ll probably also find that each photographer has their own recommendation about when you book your maternity photo shoot.

I recommend that my clients book their maternity photo shoot as soon as they have had their 12 or 20 week scan. Since there’s little flexibility over when you can have the shoot this gives you the best chance of securing the right date and time, and also gives us plenty of time to plan the shoot so that it’s tailored to you.

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What’s Next?

There’s so much going on during pregnancy – from choosing buggies and birth options, to thinking about names and attending appointments. It can be easy to get to the last few weeks and realise that you haven’t arranged that maternity shoot you had been thinking about.

I hope that this article has given you a good idea of the timings involved, so that you can plan your own shoot in good time.

You can find out more about booking a maternity photo shoot with me here:


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Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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