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Capturing the Glow: When to Book Your Maternity Photoshoot


Welcoming a new life into the world is a magical journey, and what better way to cherish and celebrate this incredible experience than through a maternity photoshoot? The question that often arises is: When is the ideal time to schedule such a photoshoot to capture the radiant beauty of pregnancy? Let's explore the optimal timing for booking a maternity photoshoot.

Beautiful beach maternity photoshoot in Kings Beach Swampscott in a flowy rust colored dress taken by Boston maternity photographer Vanessa Keo

The Second Trimester: A Sweet Spot

While every pregnancy is unique, many photographers and expectant mothers find that the second trimester, specifically around the 28 to 32-week mark, is the sweet spot for a maternity photoshoot. During this time, your baby bump is prominent and beautifully rounded, but you're not yet experiencing the potential discomfort that can come with the later stages of pregnancy. This period allows for flexibility in posing and movement, ensuring you feel at ease throughout the photoshoot.


Consider Your Comfort

Listening to your body is essential. If you're experiencing a particularly smooth pregnancy and feel energetic, you might consider booking your photoshoot closer to the end of the second trimester. On the other hand, if you're prone to swelling or discomfort, scheduling the shoot earlier might be a more comfortable option.


Weather and Location

The time of year can also influence your decision. If you're aiming for an outdoor photoshoot and have your heart set on a specific season, take that into account when setting a date. Spring and fall often provide picturesque backdrops with comfortable temperatures, while summer might require planning around the heat.

Beautiful maternity photo of couple on beach with rust dress taken by Vanessa Keo Photography in Boston, MA

Photographer Availability

Maternity photographers often have busy schedules, so booking your session in advance ensures you secure a spot with the photographer of your choice. Consider reaching out to your preferred photographer as soon as you have a general idea of your desired timing.


Maternity photoshoots are a beautiful way to celebrate the miracle of pregnancy, and choosing the right timing can make all the difference in capturing those radiant moments. By aiming for the second trimester, factoring in your comfort, considering weather conditions, and accounting for photographer availability, you can ensure a stress-free and memorable experience that perfectly captures this unique chapter in your life.

Vanessa Keo is a maternity & newborn photographer based out of Southern New Hampshire. Vanessa Keo Photograhy offers in studio and outdoor maternity sessions in the Boston, MA area, Northshore, MA and Southern New Hampshire.


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Classic black and white maternity photo taken at the beach by Boston Newborn Photographer Vanessa Keo

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