When should you have maternity photographs taken? | London maternity photography

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Pregnancy is awesome and as it doesn’t happen that frequently to us, celebrate and mark the beginning of your growing family with a photography session.

But when is the right time to have your pregnancy photographs taken? This is certainly a personal choice, as everyone’s pregnancy is different.

Some women don’t look pregnant at six months whereas others – I’m putting myself in this category – couldn’t believe that they could possibly get any bigger.  If you want to have a pretty big bump, then closer to your due date is best – but not too close, as it could end up being too late! Those babies haven’t yet learnt how to follow your schedule Mum! Also, as wonderful as pregnancy is, it can for many become pretty uncomfortable in those last few weeks and even taking a short stroll can be hard. So my advice is somewhere between 29 and 36 weeks.

Pregnancy is tough, which is one of the reasons I offer to do your photography session in the comfort of your own home. Struggling to get around London on tubes or buses at this stage is no fun. This is also the beginning of your journey into parenthood and including your partner and home into the shoot is a fantastic way to preserve these important memories, not just for you but for your family. Should you move at a later date – your child will always be able to look back at their first home. I also offer outdoor maternity sessions where we meet in one of West London’s beautiful locations and go for a gentle stroll while I take pictures.  

As well as deciding on the style of shoot you prefer, you can also choose if you would like anyone in these pictures with you – partner, children, parents? All are welcome.

Please head over to my Contact page to ask any questions about booking a session.



Jayne Douglas Photography specialises in family photography, children’s photography and maternity photography. My style is relaxed and stylish. I am based in West London and shoot across London and Surrey, including Chiswick, Kew, Brentford, Middlesex, Ealing, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Kingston, Putney and Barnes.