Maternity Photos, To Do or Not To Do!?


Maternity photos, to do or not to do, what a hard question! I will tell you now that I wish I had done them! I know that it is a tough choice and here are some pros and cons.

I was not a photographer when I was pregnant and I did not even know maternity photos were a thing! So you are one up on me there! I did have my husband take monthly photos of my growing belly. With my 2nd baby, I had my husband take a photo of our older one kissing my belly on our front porch (in some really bad light :)).  I am so glad to have those! But my husband is not in any of them. I do not have them printed on the wall in my home (as they are not at all flattering in my opinion :)), but I do have them in an album, which I do pull out and look through! 

Why hire a professional when you can do them with your iPhone?

Well, I could go on about this one, but doing them yourself is certainly a great option, just as long as you are getting some done! If you have a talented niece or uncle photographer let them go for it! Just be sure get you and the other important people in the photo so it’s not you alone in all of them. And get in some pretty light! 

Why would you want professional photos taken of you when you (think you) look fat? Well, I am here to tell you that I think you are gorgeous as an expecting mother! A professional will be able to get the whole expecting family in the photos, will know the flattering poses and will know about beautiful light. A lot of photographers offer maternity photos as an affordable add-on to a newborn session.

Look for a photographer whose style you love!

Having a baby is a huge milestone and in my opinion, something definitely worth remembering forever! You are creating life and that is a really big deal!

So whether you hire someone or use the smartphone, please see and capture the beauty in this amazing time in your life.

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Katie Woodard
Katie has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years and grew up in North Carolina. She has 10 and 12 year old boys who are certainly an adventure! Her family is by far the most rewarding part of her life. Katie loves hiking and running in our beautiful hills, skiing, river rafting, traveling, health and clean eating (thanks to a whacky thyroid). She is also always taking small steps to clean up our environment, and she is currently learning meditation and just loves learning in general! Katie and her college roommate drove to AZ from VA after college and Katie has only left briefly but Flagstaff is her home for sure! She met her wonderful husband while river guiding in the Grand Canyon. Katie is a family photographer at, here in Flagstaff and loves capturing the natural love and beauty in families. Her newest fun adventure is co-founding Women Empowering Northern Arizona.