Pregnancy and childbirth don’t get much more natural. It’s no wonder that so many maternity photo clients request their photos be taken outside. For some, feeling more connected to nature is the drive for outdoor maternity sessions. For others, the outside provides a sense of connection to a place they call home. Still, for others, it’s a chance to get a diverse series of backdrops for photos they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. Whatever the motivation, it’s good to consider outdoor maternity photo safety before your session.
Outdoor maternity photos are safe for most pregnant people, generally speaking. However, like all aspects of pregnancy, personal health can vary greatly. Experienced maternity photographers will schedule maternity photo shoots between 30-35 weeks. This way, maternity clients can still get around comfortably and efficiently (and mostly without help) while still having a pretty prominent baby bump. As a rule, outdoor maternity photos should be taken no later than 35 weeks to prevent potential injury to mom and baby. Always look for a maternity photographer who will work with you on timing!
Maternity photographers typically don’t ask their clients to do anything super strenuous during their outdoor maternity sessions. However, to get those coveted secluded spots, outdoor maternity clients should expect to do some light walking — sometimes in places a little off the beaten path.
There are outdoor photo options for those who cannot get around easily, such as backyard photoshoots. To consider whether an outdoor photoshoot with more walking is feasible for you, ask yourself the following questions.
Maternity photos should be special memories for all. Taking photos outside can be very memorable. It ties the photos to a place you can visit after your baby is born. But outdoor maternity photos aren’t for everyone, and it’s totally okay if you’re one of those people! A good maternity photographer will find a way to make your photos memorable before, during, and after the date, they are taken.