When To Take Maternity Photos

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Maternity photography is a beautiful way to capture the essence of pregnancy and celebrate the arrival of a new life. It’s an exciting time for expecting parents, and having professional maternity photos taken is an excellent way to preserve these precious memories. However, many parents-to-be often wonder when is the best time to take maternity photos. In this article, I’ll explore the ideal time to schedule your maternity photo shoot and the factors to consider. As a Colorado Springs maternity photographer I want to make sure that not only we capture a comfortable and perfect time for you, but make sure we are planning accordingly given all the factors.

The Ideal Time For a Maternity Photo Shoot

The ideal time for a maternity photo shoot is between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. During this period, most women have a noticeable baby bump, but they are not too uncomfortable to pose for pictures. However, it’s important to keep in mind that every pregnancy is unique, and some women may show earlier or later than others. Also, as a Colorado maternity photographer I photograph several beautiful mamas that are capturing their Colorado maternity photos during their baby moon to Colorado Springs. If you aren’t necessarily within that 28-36 week mark while traveling to Colorado for a maternity photo session, that is ok, too!

Scheduling a Maternity Photo Shoot

Obviously, the first trimester of pregnancy is not the ideal time for a maternity photo shoot because most women do not have a visible baby bump during this stage. Could you imagine trying to stick out your tiny baby bump while dealing with morning sickness and fatigue, haha! But, the first trimester or early second trimester is a great time to capture pregnancy announcement photos! Additionally, it’s best to avoid scheduling a photo shoot during the last few weeks of pregnancy as you may feel uncomfortable and may have difficulty posing for pictures.

Beautiful Backdrop For Your Maternity Photos

Another factor to consider when scheduling a maternity photo shoot is the weather. The ideal time to take maternity photos in Colorado is during the summer or fall when the weather is mild and pleasant. But, with that said, nothing beats a beautiful snowy backdrop for your maternity photos if you’re willing to brave some colder temps (like this mama seen at this Garden of the Gods maternity photo shoot). If you’re planning an outdoor photo shoot during less than ideal times of the year, be sure to consider bringing something you can use to cover up with either during or in between shots to keep you and baby warm.

Colorado Springs Maternity Photography

Choosing the right location for a maternity photo shoot is also crucial. A location that is significant to you and your partner, such as the place where they met or had their first date, can add a special touch to the photos. But, Colorado Springs offers so many excellent locations for your maternity session. Don’t worry, if you book a session with me I can send you over a location guide and help you choose!

Hire a Professional Maternity Photographer

When planning a maternity photo shoot, it’s essential to hire a professional maternity photographer with experience in maternity photography. A Colorado Springs maternity photographer can help you choose the best location, guide you through posing, and ensure that the photos are of high quality. Moreover, a professional photographer can offer suggestions on clothing, makeup, and hair to ensure that you look your best in the photos.

When to Take Maternity Photos

In conclusion, the ideal time to take maternity photos is between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. During this period, most women have a visible baby bump, but they are not too uncomfortable to pose for photos. It’s also crucial to consider the mother-to-be’s preferences and comfort levels, as well as the weather conditions and location for the photo shoot. By following these tips, you can ensure that the maternity photos capture the joy and excitement of this special time in your life.

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I love working with families who want to capture life as it is now. Because in the blink of an eye, “someday” becomes a year from now. Throughout the tiresome days, tiny but meaningful moments are happening within your family that you won’t want to miss out on capturing. Things you don’t know you’re missing are the things you’ll always want to remember. The kiddos grow so much year to year and it is important to capture them in this season of life, whatever season that might be.


“My husband and I are awkward, will you tell us what to do?” Of course! I don’t like to do unnatural or super posed shots, but I will give you some light direction on how to stand or position yourselves so there are no awkward photos. I’ll encourage kids to relax, play and snuggle up with mom and dad. Tickle fights, silly words, or big bear hugs happen on the regular to capture the most authentic and genuine smiles. Don’t worry I’ll let you know if you’re doing something funny with your hands, or have a goofy face. I’m here to capture joy while making sure you look good! 

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As a family photographer and a mom of 4 kids, I am drawn to those candid moments, but I understand that most clients want classic, look at the camera and smile shots, too. We will do a mixture of both styles, with various backgrounds so you have a variety of images to choose from in your final gallery. I know my favorites won’t always be your favorites. If you prefer more candid than posed, or vice versa, just let me know either at booking or at the start of your session and I’ll make sure I capture photos you will love and cherish. 


Hi, I’m Stephanie

I’m your Colorado Springs Photographer. We probably have a lot in common. Besides being a photographer, I am an Air Force wife and mother to 4 children and 2 dogs. I am not a morning person and have a bad habit of staying up way too late. I start each morning with a cup of coffee and I think the outcome of my day solely depends on if I am able to finish that cup before it gets cold.

Stephanie Lynne

Maternity Photographer – Colorado Springs

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