5 reasons why every expectant mom should do a maternity photo shoot

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it doesn’t always feel that way. While you may be lucky enough to enjoy some perks, like glowing skin, luxurious locks, and a cute baby bump, you’re also going to see the downsides of pregnancy – swollen ankles, newfound tiger stripes, and a rollercoaster of mood swings.  Sounds fun, right? Since expectant moms often aren’t looking or feeling their best, they may question whether they should take maternity photos at all. As they scroll through Instagram, they can feel huge, especially as they compare themselves to that perfect-looking Insta-mama.  She walks ten miles every day and brags about it in her stories, so it’s hard not to feel inferior as you polish off that sleeve of Oreos.

If you don’t feel like you’re rocking this whole pregnancy thing, you should still have maternity photos taken. Even though pregnancy can have its less-than-enjoyable moments, your body is doing an incredibly beautiful thing. You’ll never regret documenting this change with maternity photos.  Here are five good reasons why every mama-to-be should schedule a maternity photo session.

 

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From the moment you see those two parallel lines on a pregnancy test, you start dreaming about the day you’ll get to hold your newborn in your arms. At first, it feels like time is inching by, and you find yourself saying things like “I am so tired of being pregnant.”

You’ve probably complained about your aching back, sleepless nights, and frequent heartburn to all your friends and family. “There is no way I’m going to miss this,” you state matter-of-factly while sweating buckets on a relatively cool day.

But as time goes on, you’re going to miss that bump!  It won’t be at first, but as the months pass and your baby starts to crawl, you’ll scroll through your monthly pregnancy photos on your phone while absentmindedly rubbing your belly.

You may find yourself uttering those words you never thought you would: “I miss being pregnant.”

The truth is, while pregnancy is hard, there is something simultaneously magical about it. You’re growing a new life, and you’re the only one your child is depending on. You feel their every hiccup, every kick, and every headbutt to your ribs. You’re completely connected.

Once it’s over and done with, you’ll find yourself wandering down nostalgia lane and remembering all those baby kicks (and the ability to eat whatever you wanted guilt-free). So, it’s especially important to capture these moments because you won’t be pregnant forever, and your pregnancy will fly by quicker than you anticipated.

Having maternity photos to look back on will be a standing reminder of that magical time when new life was gestating inside your belly. When you see those beautiful pictures of yourself, you will always smile.

 

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You’ve probably heard the phrases “You’re glowing!” or “Pregnancy suits you!” from various people throughout your pregnancy.  Between the cankles, the urge to eat everything in sight, and the fact that none of your clothes fit anymore, pregnancy doesn’t always make you feel beautiful.

In fact, most women experience a decline in self-confidence as their pregnancy progresses.  Your ever-expanding tummy may seem like the perfect excuse to avoid taking photos for a solid nine months, but it’s just the opposite!

You see, at the end of the day you come to realize the beautiful truth – you’re growing a human being – and that is enough of a reason to celebrate!  Dressing up in a way that accentuates your bump, putting on some makeup, and pampering yourself (hello, pedicure!) for a photography session may be just what the doctor ordered for a case of the pregnancy blues.

When you see your pictures after the shoot, you may be surprised at just how beautiful you look.

 

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Being pregnant can sometimes cause tension in a relationship, due to mood swings and the anticipated change in lifestyle. The financial pressure can intensify that stress. What you need is a way to keep your eyes on the bigger picture, not just focus on the hardships you’re currently experiencing.

Taking maternity photos together with your partner is a great way to strengthen your bond and celebrate the new life you’re bringing into this world. It’s that final chance to document how your dynamics are changing – you’re morphing from a couple into a family.

Many fathers experience a delay in bonding with their child when they’re in utero. They don’t experience pregnancy in the same way as their spouse, so it can be harder for them to build the attachment to their infant until it is born.

They often don’t build a connection to their newborn until they’re able to interact with it. That’s completely different from mothers – they often experience a deep attachment to the baby while pregnant.

Taking maternity photos can help new fathers develop a strong emotional bond with their growing baby. Helping your spouse bond with your infant will also help you both re-establish your connection.

If this isn’t your first kid, you can bring along your older child to the maternity shoot as well.  Many older siblings find it challenging at first to adjust to a new baby in the family. Taking pictures with their pregnant mommy can help them understand that a new person is coming and even get them excited about the baby’s arrival!

 

Silhouette of a pregnant woman on black

 

A professional photo studio specializing in maternity portraits has an array of lighting modifiers available at its disposal. These modifiers allow the photographer to illuminate as much or as little of you as you want.

While many women choose to celebrate the changes their body undergoes during pregnancy and document them in photographs; other women are more conservative.  An experienced maternity photographer will work with you to understand your needs and your level of comfort.

One of the popular trends these days in maternity photography involves flowing fabrics that tastefully cover parts of your body while revealing the rest.  As you browse Instagram and look at some prospective portrait studios in your area, take screenshots of the photos that appeal to you.

These visual cues will help your photographer better understand the look you want.  In the end, it’s about making you comfortable and happy with your pictures.

 

Mother looking at an album with her children

 

From the day your infant is placed in your arms, time starts to go by fast!

One minute a nurse is teaching you how to swaddle, and the next, you’re chasing a toddler through the aisles at Target.

You’re going to miss the calm days of pregnancy where you didn’t have to keep tabs on the diaper bag or wipes every time you head to the store. You’ll miss that your baby bump couldn’t talk back to you when you get into an argument with your toddler over whether they should eat a popsicle for every meal.

As your child grows, you will probably find yourself reminiscing about your pregnancy days and how quiet the house was. You’ll love reflecting on how you had such a tiny human growing inside you, and your maternity photos will be a wonderful reminder of a time long gone.

Your children will enjoy seeing these pictures when they’re older, too. They’ll absolutely love seeing how gorgeous theirmama was when you were pregnant with them.

They won’t notice those few extra pounds and the bags under your eyes from your lack of sleep. They’ll focus on something more important than that – the love in your eyes and the joy that was radiating from you.

 

Collage of photos on the wall

 

Scheduling a maternity photo session should be on every mommy-to-be’s checklist.

By having maternity photos taken, you’re giving your child a glimpse of a world they’ll never be able to see for themselves – the time their parents spent as a couple before they entered the picture. They’ll have physical proof of how excited you were to meet them.

As hard as it might be to envision now, time passes quickly. It won’t be long before your child may be showing these pictures to their own child. Your grandchild who might only know you as the gray-haired grandma who is always quick to offer a hug and a cookie will have the opportunity to see you in another light.

That’s a tremendous gift to give your child and the children who come into your family after them. And it’s a great present to yourself and your spouse as well. It’s something the whole family will cherish forever.

 

gorgeous curves

We had the pleasure of capturing this beautiful mama-to-be for a one-on-one workshop in our Midtown studio. We decided to focus on the timeless beauty of implied nudes with tasteful hand placement. Comfort is of the essence for this exquisite style of portraiture, and we always strive to create a relaxed and cozy environment for our clients. Per mama’s request, we also captured some more conservative portraits with the dress she’d worn for her baby shower. Such an honor to capture these precious memories as beautiful works of art to be treasured for years to come.
We captured so many gorgeous concepts during our time together for this maternity photography workshop, and couldn’t resist sharing just a few of our favorites…

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NYC Luxury Maternity Photography Studio
glow portraits® is Manhattan’s premier maternity and newborn photographer, specializing in fresh and pure images that showcase the beauty of this incredibly special time in your lives. Pregnancy is one of the most special times in your life. As an esteemed maternity photography studio, glow portraits® has the artistic vision to create timeless art to be treasured for years to come. Our Manhattan boutique portrait studio offers a lovely selection of backdrops and timeless wardrobe styles to make your pregnancy portraits into a unique work of art. Our specialty is creating soft, dreamy portraits that showcase the beauty of your curves. We are committed to capturing our signature style of maternity portraits and newborn photography for families to treasure forever as custom keepsakes. From pregnancy to the first weeks of life, we strive to capture the beauty of these precious fleeting moments.

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Two of the most beautiful souls will soon be welcoming a baby girl into this world. We were honored to capture this maternity session as they prepare to meet their bundle of joy later this winter. Thank you so much for allowing us to freeze this precious time in your lives, and all the love that you already share for your bundle of joy. We hope that every time you look at these portraits, you’ll be taken back to a time of overwhelming happiness and excitement.

We captured so many gorgeous concepts during our time together, but here’s just a few of our favorites!
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Modern Maternity & Newborn Portrait Studio
glow portraits® is a NYC boutique portrait studio specializing in timeless maternity and newborn photography.  Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, the portrait studio attracts clients from Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester, and the surrounding areas.  You’re welcome to browse additional samples of our pregnancy photography and baby portraits in the maternity gallery and newborn gallery.

At glow portraits®, we have years of experience in capturing maternity photography and newborn photography. We specialize in artistic lighting, tasteful posing, and artistic cropping to ensure you look your best.  We recommend professional make-up and hair styling to ensure a timeless look for your portraits. Natural make-up, fake lashes, and soft curls are generally preferred among our clients. Our signature style of post-processing includes tasteful smoothing of skin and body contours to put the finishing touches on your portraits. 

The best time to capture your maternity photos is 32 – 36 weeks into your pregnancy. Your belly is beautifully round, but you are still feeling comfortable for kneeling and lying down poses. We offer a wardrobe of fitted maternity gowns, silk fabrics, lace robes, and crop tops for a variety of beautiful concepts.  You can view styles featured in our portfolio.  Clients are also welcome to bring their own lingerie and styles if they have a particular concept in mind. As you’ll see in our portfolio, we love to get creative!

As NYC’s premiere portrait photographer, we would love to photograph your pregnancy as exquisite works of art.  If you’d like to book your own nyc maternity photography session, please contact the Manhattan NYC portrait studio at 212.868.1076.  We look forward to capturing these precious memories for your family!

sultry silhouettes

This gorgeous mama traveled all the way from Delaware for her maternity portraits. We were so honored to capture these precious memories for her family.
So many stunning moments. We can’t wait to design some fabulous wall art for her nursery!!

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Modern Maternity & Newborn Portrait Studio
glow portraits® is a NYC photography studio specializing in timeless maternity and newborn portraits.  Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, the portrait studio attracts clients from the city, Long Island, NJ, CT, Westchester, Brooklyn, Queens, and the surrounding areas.  You’re welcome to browse additional samples of fine art photography in the maternity gallery and newborn gallery

A great maternity photography session will not only produce stunning portraits, but also make you feel beautiful and confident. Pregnancy is one of the most special times in your life. Your skin is glowing, your hair is voluminous, and your body is curvaceous. A professional studio maternity photo shoot is the perfect way to capture your journey into motherhood.

At glow portraits®, we have the skills and expertise in maternity and newborn photography. We know how to apply lighting, posing, and artistic cropping to make you look and feel your best. Rest assured that we will customize posing and lighting for the most flattering angles, and our post-processing includes tasteful smoothing of skin and body contours to make sure you look your best. We have years of experience specializing in maternity photography and newborn portraits. You can trust us to direct you in posing that is customized to your body type. We capture a blend of camera aware poses and intimate poses cradling the belly, while other maternity poses emphasize the beautiful curves of pregnancy.

The best time to capture your maternity photos is 32 – 36 weeks into your pregnancy. Your belly is beautifully round, but you are still feeling comfortable to kneel and lay down for a variety of fabulous poses. For expecting mothers of twins, we recommend 26 to 30 weeks since twins tend to arrive earlier. We recommend professional make-up and hair styling to ensure a timeless look for your portraits. Natural make-up, fake lashes, and soft curls are generally preferred among our clients. We offer a wardrobe of fitted maternity gowns, silk fabrics, lace robes, and crop tops for a variety of beautiful concepts. Clients are also welcome to bring their own lingerie and styles if they have a particular concept in mind. As you’ll see in our portfolio, we love to get creative!

With a combination of both natural light and studio lighting, we strike an elegant balance that accents your beautiful bump. We pay special attention to posing and all the small details to ensure your maternity portraits are flawless.  The Midtown Manhattan studio is warm and welcoming for expecting parents. As NYC’s premiere portrait photographer, we specialize in capturing the beauty of your pregnancy as exquisite works of art.  For inquiries and bookings of nyc maternity photography sessions, please contact the studio at 212.868.1076.  We look forward to capturing these precious memories for your family!

Manhattan Boudoir Studio

Thanks to all the gorgeous mamas who trusted us to capture their most intimate moments in celebration of Valentine’s Day.  This was such an empowering experience, and we were honored to create these timeless works of art.  We’ve just sent out our 19th keepsake album, and we know these breathtaking memories will be treasured for years to come.  

There are so many occasions to treat yourself to a boudoir session.  The perfect gift to yourself or a loved one.  Please contact us at the studio (212.868.1076) to reserve an appointment.  We can’t wait to capture your beauty!

P.S.  We have the utmost respect for our clients’ privacy with their boudoir photography.  The images below have been shared with written permission.

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Fine Art Boudoir Portrait Studio
glow portraits® is a NYC photography studio specializing in timeless boudoir portraits.  Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, the portrait studio attracts clients from NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the surrounding areas.  A luxury boudoir photography session will not only produce stunning portraits, but also make you feel beautiful and confident.  Embrace your femininity.  Your skin is glowing, your hair is voluminous, and your body is curvaceous. A professional boudoir portrait session in our Midtown Manhattan photography studio is the perfect way to capture this special time in your life.

At glow portraits®, we have the skills and expertise in boudoir photography. We know how to apply artful lighting, posing, and artistic cropping to make you look fabulous. We are happy to capture a variety of sultry camera aware poses and intimate implied nude poses in our cozy Midtown Manhattan studio.  As NYC’s premiere  boudoir portrait photographers, we specialize in capturing your most gorgeous self as exquisite works of art.  Please contact the studio at 212.868.1076 to schedule your own boudoir photo shoot, and we can discuss the vision for your portraits.

 

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