June 28, 2021

When To Take Maternity Photos — What’s the Perfect Time for Your Pregnancy Session?

“I hope you’re doing well!” Ms. T said. “My husband and I are expecting our first child in July of this year and I was interested in setting up a maternity boudoir shoot.”

I was super excited to hear from Ms. T again. The first time I met this fabulous woman, she visited my studio for a bridal boudoir shoot. She knew what an amazing gift boudoir photos would make for her husband-to-be at the time. And wow, was he floored by them! 

Now she was entering a brand new exciting chapter in her life and expecting a baby. What better way to capture it than with a maternity boudoir session?

“I’m just wondering when to take maternity photos,” she said. “How far along should I be?”

This is a question that comes A LOT in my studio. Keep reading for my recommendations of when it is best to take maternity photos for a variety of pregnancy types.

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How Far Along Is Best for Maternity Pictures?

Now that you’ve decided you want maternity photos, when to take them is probably your first question. Several factors may help determine the best time for you, but the general recommendation for the best time to take maternity photos is anywhere from 28-36 weeks gestation. A good rule of thumb is to have the photos taken when your belly really shows while you’re standing.

Let’s look at examples of specific types of pregnancies and see how the timeline can change for each of those.

When To Get Maternity Photos Taken for a Standard Single Pregnancy

For mamas-to-be of singletons, I generally recommend that you have your photos taken when you’re anywhere from 30 to 36 weeks along. This will ensure that your bump is proudly on display, and you’ll already have the session done in case baby decides to come a little early.

Sometimes you may show sooner if this isn’t your first pregnancy, so in these cases, you may be able to book on the earlier side.

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When Is It Best To Take Maternity Photos if You’re Pregnant With Multiples?

If you’re having twins, triplets, etc., you should plan to schedule your maternity boudoir shoot as early as 27-28 weeks gestation. This is not only because you’ll be showing more at this point than you would with a single birth, but also because it will be easier to move around and get the poses and shots we want.

The farther along you are in your pregnancy, the more uncomfortable you will be, and this is doubly true with multiples! You won’t want to be struggling with movement and wardrobe changes or getting extra sweaty under the lights. So scheduling your maternity boudoir photo session a little earlier if you’re having more than one baby is a smart way to get the best pictures.

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When Is a Good Time To Take Maternity Photos for a High-Risk Pregnancy?

Because you may be put on bed rest at any point during a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll definitely want to book your maternity boudoir session on the earlier side if you have any risk for complications.

I recommend the same timeframe for high-risk pregnancies as for multiple births — around 27-28 weeks. And if you’re showing enough, we could even push it earlier. 

Be sure to let me know about any medical concerns regarding your pregnancy when you book so I can plan the shoot accordingly. 

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What’s the Best Time To Book Maternity Photos?

I recommend that you reach out as soon as you find out you’re pregnant and you decide you want to have maternity photos taken. It’s easier to plan farther out because there’s more availability for future months in my shooting schedule as well as with my hair and makeup artists.

If you’re on the fence about having a maternity boudoir photo session, I promise you won’t regret it — so go ahead and book! Being able to look back at how beautiful and powerful you were during your pregnancy is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

You’ll want to be mentally prepared for your shoot as well as having ideas for hair, makeup, and wardrobe, so having a future date on your calendar can really help with this process.

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Do You Ever Book In-Home Maternity Boudoir Shoots?

There have been some cases where a mom-to-be was put on bed rest before the date of the shoot, so I traveled to her home to take the pictures there.

However, this doesn’t give you the full luxury experience you can expect from Evgenia Ribinik Studios. At my studio, you’ll have everything you need including:

  • On-set hair and makeup artists
  • A closet full of gorgeous lingerie to choose from
  • Albums to see samples of other maternity shoots
  • Stunning backdrops and props
  • Perfect lighting; and
  • The experience of a lifetime being treated like the goddess you are

That’s why it’s so important to plan when to take maternity photos and not wait too late to book your session.

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When To Have Maternity Photos Taken Depends Mostly on One Thing — You!

The truth is, there’s really no rule about the best time to do a maternity boudoir shoot. Every woman is different, and you should do the shoot when you feel the most comfortable. 

During the windows I’ve recommended, your bump looks full, your hair usually feels thicker and your skin has that oh-so-glowy look. But as I said, every woman has a different pregnancy experience, and only you know what works best for you! Check out some of the stunning images in my maternity boudoir gallery for inspiration.

My goal is for you to feel your best because this day is all about you and making memories that you’ll have for many years to come. 

Speaking of making memories, don’t you think Ms. T looks absolutely dreamy in these gorgeous shots? 

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Treat Yourself to a Luxury Maternity Boudoir Photo Session at Evgenia Ribinik Studios

I created Evgenia Ribinik Studios to be an NYC boudoir studio where women feel unstoppable. From traditional boudoir to maternity and even couples sessions, we create an environment for you to be strong and empowered at any stage in your life.

Contact me and let’s come up with some amazing maternity photo ideas to remember this special time and how stunningly beautiful you were throughout your pregnancy!

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