When is the best time to book maternity photos

Your pregancy is such a special and life-changing time of your life. It is amzing how your body is perfectly designed to change to support your growing baby. Everyday there is a new change and experience …… some wonderful and others not so great.

It all passes by so quickly, it no time at all you will be holding your little baby. That is why having professional maternity photographs taken is such a wonderful thing to do – documenting this magical time forever, so that you can look back and remember how amazing it was to carry your baby.

When you are planning a maternity photoshoot, you may have many questions. From to wear to the best time in your pregnancy to have the photographs taken.

when is the best time to book your maternity photos

How Far Along In Your Pregnancy Should You Be For Maternity Pictures?

You will find thar every photographer has their own preference about when they take maternity photographs during your pregnancy.

The window for a pregnancy photoshoot falls between months 7 and 8 of pregnancy. Having your maternity session at this time will usually result in the most flattering photographs as your bump is nice and round at this stage, but not so heavy that you feel overly tired and uncomfortable.

It also means that you have the photographs taken well before your baby reaches full term at 37 weeks.

After all, you can’t go back and take the photographs once your baby arrives.

 

Edinburgh Maternity photography images photoshoot ideas.

What happens if I am having twins  or triplets,

or am due to have my baby early.

Are the rules of maternity photos different?

Every pregnancy is different, and you may be in a situation where your doctor has discussed the possibility of you having an early delivery.

In  this case please don’t worry. The 30 to 36 week guideline is only that and not a rule.

It is important to let me know if this is the case. You may need to come in at the start of the window. We will discuss the kinds of photographs we can take earlier in your pregnancy.

When to Book your Maternity Photo Shoot

 

I recommend that my clients book their maternity photo shoot as soon as they have had their 12 or 20 week scan. Since there is little flexibility over when you can have the shoot this gives you the best chance of securing the most convenient time and date for you. This gives us plenty of time to plan your shoot that is tailored to you.

Edinburgh Maternity photography images photoshoot ideas.

Pregnancy flies by really quickly. Between appointments, baby shopping, choosing your baby’s name and researching your birth options, it is really easy to let your maternity shoot slip your mind. I hope this information helps and gives you a better idea of the timings involved so that you can plan your shoot in time.

 

 

Your can find out more about booking a maternity shoot with me here:

Jaxxon Baby Photoshoot

Jaxxon Baby Photoshoot

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All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Edinburgh Newborn Photoshoot Connor

Sweet Baby Boy

Newborn Edinburgh Photography

I had the privelege of capturing this adorable little newborn boy who was only 9 days new. I was surprised at his focus and thoughtful stares throughout the session. Other times he had the longest and deepest sleeps. His parents really enjoyed choosing the different colour for their final images. They chose props they loved. We created the most beautiful images of Connor which I know they will reflect on many, many days as he grows up.

I captured Connor in stunning blues, sage greens and creams. I always ask and hope parents bring special gifts and thoughtful keepsakes to incorporate in their images. These images are documenting their unique life together. 

A few images from this lovely newborn photoshoot of this precious baby boy

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baby sleeping in basket in cardigan
baby boy sleeping in basket
baby boy holding fathers hand
baby boy dressed in green shorts
baby boy sleeping in bonnet
baby boy sleeping in basket
parents resting on baby boy
baby boys feet in blue wrap

A newborn photoshoot is an extremely special session. Your little baby will be changing daily at this stage. The newborn session is a purely baby led session in a calm and comfortable environment. Baby safety is the mosy important aspect when capturing your baby which means a newborn session can never be rushed and proper attention is given to your baby at all times.

All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Sianna Newborn Photoshoot 2 months old

Sianna Newborn Photoshoot 2 months old

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All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Photographing Children with Special Needs

Photographing families with special needs has truly been a blessing and I have learnt some very helpful lessons that have changed the way I prepare for all my phootgraphy sessions. I hope these few tips shared below will help you to have the same wonderful experiences I have had capturing children and their families with special needs.

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TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

1. Get to know your client’s special needs before the session

It is really important that you get to know and understand your client’s special needs before your session. An initial consulation gives you an opportunity to get to know your client and find out more about them and their family.

 

2. Use a reward system to connect and encourage children with special needs

A reward system works with all children and particularly children with special needs. It is important to mention this to the parents in your initial consultation. Rewards gives you an extra toll to use while photographing children.  These rewards can vary with each child so it is essential that the choice of reward is discussed with the parent.

You may find that the agreed reward might even come out during the session if you find you are battling to connect with the child. A reward that you ca use to play and interact with gain the trust of a child.

 

 3. Allow extra time for children with special needs

All family sessions can become challenging due to many different aspects. Sometimes it can just depend on the mood of the child. With special needs, it helpful to have allocated extra time. It helps to slow down as a photographer and allow the child to get to know you. Giving the child a few extra breaks is also very helpful. You want to document the child being themselves. These are the images your clients are truly going to cherish.

 

4. It is helpful for mum and dad to understand the session flow

Parents are usually quite nervous about a photo session especially parents with children with special needs. This really helps with understanding the process and enjoying the shoot.

 

5. Know when to end the session

Family sessions with special needs run the same as any other family session. However, you will come across a photo session where nothing is working. You can try every trick up your sleeve, be as prepared as possible but sometimes it can all appear impossible. You cannot force a child to have photos taken.

Sometimes, it is best to just reschedule and try again. It happens. Another day is a different day. It does not mean that it is doomed to fail. It just means, today is not the right day. You will be glad you did not push.

 

6. Choosing the best location for a child with special needs

Look for a location based on the child’s special needs. If your little client has sensory issues, then a quiet location would be best. Look for a place that is safe and has space for a child to explore.

Consider the child’s personality. If your little client is shy, don’t go for a busy park but maybe a private, quiet space where the child can relax and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.