Here is one of my favorite Park Slope maternity sessions. We photographed Meg’s bump in the summer in Prospect Park.
I had the pleasure of photographing Meg, her husband, and their toddler daughter at their home and in the park. Meg’s baby was 36 weeks gestation. She was starting to feel heavy and more tired than the first time around. This time she had a 2 year old toddler to chase while trying to get some rest!
Photographing maternity sessions and family portrait sessions now that I have a child is so different than it used to be. I can remember the excitement and nervousness as I counted down the weeks before meeting my baby. We photographed the pregnancy, and we also photographed Henry weekly in his first few months! He was growing so quickly and his face looked different every month!
There are so many first year milestones to photograph too, from sitting to crawling, to cruising, to walking. There are also so many wonderful moments when you are pregnant to document. We photographed our trip to Iceland. I remember feeling Henry kick for the first time while in Reykjavik! Those butterfly flutters, they were so cool. We also documented the baby shower party we had in our courtyard that summer. I remember how weird it was to be so large you can’t see your own feet. So I understand the urgency in booking a maternity session at the right time (and the same thing goes for newborn and child portrait sessions).
In my experience, maternity sessions are best done when you are in the earlier part of the 3rd trimester. You’re not too big to move, and still look good in your cute maternity outfits! You may be unable to walk more than five blocks without severe pelvic pain late in the 3rd, which doesn’t make it ideal for sessions with a few locations. However, any time before 24 weeks may be too early to feature the bump.
Meg’s background as a dancer shone through in the portraits I did of her solo. She exuded calm and grace, posed with her bump in the bedroom, and in Prospect Park with her family. Her bags weren’t packed, but she didn’t seem to worry! She had a laissez-faire attitude. I really admire this quality in a mom-to-be!