Welcoming a new baby into your life is one of the most beautiful experiences a mom can go through. Capturing the journey of pregnancy through maternity photography is a wonderful way to preserve these precious moments.

As you begin this exciting adventure, you might be wondering when the best time to book a maternity photographer is. And how do you find the right one?

This guide is here to help you navigate these questions with ease.

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When to Book Your Maternity Photographer


The best time to schedule your maternity photo session is between 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy. During this period:

Your Belly is Beautifully Rounded: By the third trimester, your belly will have a lovely, pronounced shape, perfect for those stunning maternity photos.

You’re Still Comfortable: While every pregnancy is different, many women find that they are still relatively comfortable and mobile during this timeframe. This makes for a more enjoyable photoshoot.

Capturing the Glow: This is also the stage where many moms-to-be experience that radiant pregnancy glow. This glow adds a magical touch to your photos.


It’s wise to book your maternity photographer as early as possible, ideally around your second trimester (13-26 weeks). Here’s why:

Securing Your Preferred Photographer: Luxury maternity photographers often book up quickly. Reserving your session early makes sure you get the photographer you want.

Planning and Preparation: Early booking allows ample time for planning the session, discussing your vision, selecting outfits, and choosing the perfect location.

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How to Find the Right Maternity Photographer

Finding the right maternity photographer involves more than just a quick Google search. Here are five steps to ensure you find the perfect match:


Start by researching local maternity photographers. Look for those who specialize in luxury motherhood photography. Pay attention to:

Portfolios: Review their online galleries to see if their style matches your vision. Do their photos bring out the emotions and beauty you want to capture?

Reviews: Read reviews from other clients. Positive feedback and personal experiences can give you an idea of what working with that photographer is like.


Once you’ve shortlisted a few photographers, schedule consultations. These can often be done over the phone or via video call. During the consultation:

Discuss Your Vision: Share your ideas and see how the photographer responds. Are they excited and understanding of your desires?

Ask Questions: Inquire about their experience, the types of sessions they offer, and any packages available. This is also a good time to ask about pricing and what’s included in each package.


Confirm the photographer’s availability around your preferred timeframe (28-36 weeks of pregnancy). Popular photographers may have limited available time slots, so it’s important to schedule early.


Your comfort level with the photographer is essential. During your consultation:

Assess Their Style: Make sure that their artistic style resonates with you. The photographer's portfolio should reflect your preferences whether you prefer natural, candid shots or more posed, glamorous images.

Personal Connection: Building a rapport with your photographer is crucial. You want to feel at ease during the shoot, so choose someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident.


Before making your final decision, review all the details of the contract. Pay attention to:

Session Length and Locations: Understand how long the session will last and if multiple locations are an option.

Deliverables: Know what you’ll receive after the session, including the number of edited photos, prints, and any additional products like albums or digital files.

Policies: Familiarize yourself with the photographer’s policies on rescheduling, cancellations, and any additional fees.

For more tips on finding the right photographer for you, download my free guide here!
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Final Thoughts

Booking a maternity photographer is an important step in celebrating your pregnancy journey. By scheduling your session between 28 to 36 weeks and following these steps to find the right photographer, you’ll have a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Remember, these photos will serve as cherished memories for years to come, capturing the beauty and anticipation of this special time in your life.

So start early, do your research, and choose a photographer who understands and celebrates the magic of motherhood. Happy planning, and congratulations on your upcoming arrival!

If you're ready to book your photoshoot with Berkana Photography Studios, you can schedule your free discovery call here!