If there is one question that I get asked over and over from parents all around Dallas/Fort Worth area, it is definitely this one: "When is the best time to schedule my maternity session?"
While we usually go over all these details at the design consultation, I would be more than happy to share my personal thoughts about this.
Of course it is not the same for every single momma, but as a general answer, I believe that the best time to schedule your maternity session is at least 2 months before the due date. It is a known fact that the last month of the pregnancy is the hardest one - you will feel more exhausted and uncomfortable, back pain will most likely start to kick in (if it hasn't already) and you will definitely get tired way easier than before.
Our maternity sessions usually last about 2 hours and we definitely want you to have as much energy as possible! There is quite a lot of walking involved for outdoor sessions and posing can be a challenge if you're right in those last days of pregnancy.
Another important factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the weather. While in Texas nothing is for certain, rainy season can definitely mess up your plans. Always plan in advance and if by any chance your session will need to be rescheduled due to weather, you'll still have plenty of time for that.
A few years back, I've photographed a momma that started having strong contractions on the way to the maternity session. She really wanted to document those last moments of her pregnancy and I remember her like it was yesterday - while pausing to hold her belly and counting her contractions - she told me, "I don't care if I'm going straight to the hospital after this session, I'm getting those pictures taken now." We managed to finish the session after quite a few breaks and guess what, she went straight to the hospital and had her baby. Needless to say that was one of the sweatiest moments in my career :) Moral of the story? Don't wait until the last minute because your baby might want to meet you sooner than you think.
I can definitely say that in all those years of photographing maternity sessions, I've seen it all. I had mommas that reached out to schedule their session while they're barely a few weeks pregnant, and I also had mommas that decide very last minute to document this moment in time. Whichever one you are, it would be my absolute pleasure to capture this unique and special moment in your life. Keep in mind that this is your legacy, the memories that you will be passing on to your kids and grandkids and these moments should not be forgotten!
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