Are Maternity Photos Worth It?

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Today on the Blog,  I Am Interviewing a Mom of Three to Answer the Question “Are Maternity Photos Worth It?” as a  North Carolina Maternity Photographer 

The journey of pregnancy is an incredible chapter in life’s story, one that’s filled with anticipation, wonder, and an abundance of emotions. Often, expectant mothers grapple with the decision of whether to invest in a maternity photoshoot. Many moms ask themselves, Are maternity photos truly worth it? I’m asking my sweet friend Anna, a mom of three, about her experience with Maternity Photography. 

Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 

What Initially Made You Want to Schedule a Maternity Session? 

Anna shared with me that her pregnancies weren’t always positive experiences. “I wanted to document my pregnancy in a fun way.”  She told me, “I had a lot of sickness during my pregnancies. I wanted a positive memory.” 

Pregnancy is a unique journey for each woman. For some women, pregnancy feels natural and easy and for others, it can be a struggle. Anna describes her maternity photos as a bright spot in her pregnancy. She shared they were a way to remember the good parts of the experience. 

Kernersville North Carolina Maternity Photographer
Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 

What Expectations Did You Have Going Into Your Maternity Session? 

Anna told me that on a very basic level, she expected to have nice family pictures. She loved documenting her changing family and how each member grows year after year. 

On a deeper level Anna shared, “I expected to feel good about my body, because being pregnant is the only time I’ve ever felt good about my body.” 

A professional maternity photoshoot provides an opportunity for mothers-to-be to embrace their changing bodies and feel empowered. Skilled photographers understand how to capture the essence of femininity and strength, allowing expectant mothers to feel confident and beautiful in their skin.

Kernersville North Carolina Maternity Photographer
Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 

What Surprised You About Your Maternity Photos? 

Anna expressed that trusting us as the photographers led to a surprising result for her photos. We had discussed prior to the session her location and wardrobe. We had encouraged her to have a more dramatic look for this session and she chose a beautiful, velvet green maternity dress. She shared that she felt her most beautiful in that dress and was so glad she trusted our input. 

Engaging a professional photographer with expertise in maternity sessions ensures high-quality images. These photographers possess the skills to capture the best angles, lighting, and emotions, resulting in stunning, frame-worthy photographs that exceed expectations.

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What Do You Feel When You Look Back on Your Photos Now? 

“I love my photos. Documenting the more glamorous sides of pregnancy – growing life, the growing family, is very special. I have no regrets and would do it again,” Anna said. 

Pregnancy is a significant milestone in the female journey. Maternity photos freeze this moment in time, allowing you to look back and reminisce about the miracle of life and the anticipation that filled those months leading up to your baby’s arrival.

Were There Differences in the Experiences or Emotions Between Your 3 Maternity Sessions? 

Anna is a mother of three. Each session was a new, special experience for her – just like each pregnancy is a unique adventure. She told me that she felt each pregnancy deserved its own special maternity session, because each one provided a chance to bond over the new baby. 

She shared that her first maternity session was new and fun. First pregnancies can be so exciting!  She said this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this milestone as a woman. This process also served as a bonding experience for her and her husband as first time parents. She said it strengthened their connection as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their little one.

For her second pregnancy she said, “I was feeling myself!” She told me that as a second-time mom, she was more confident and felt beautiful in her pregnant state. She was ready to celebrate herself as a mother and fully embrace the experience.

In full honesty, she shared that her third maternity session was somewhat difficult. She discussed certain health complications that had taken away some of her previous confidence. Even still, she was determined to document and celebrate her third and final pregnancy just as she had done before.

Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 
Kernersville North Carolina Maternity Photographer

Would You Recommend a Maternity Session? 

“Absolutely – moms tend to neglect themselves and a maternity session brings a way for a mom to heal from the trauma of a bad pregnancy and celebrate the good parts that come along with it,” she said. “ It is nice to celebrate.“  She shared that she feels a maternity session is a great way to celebrate herself and acknowledge her personal journey from woman to mother. 

And she considered her own children, “As the baby grows, they treasure these images as a glimpse into their history. Maternity photos become a priceless gift to your child. It allows them to witness the anticipation and joy their presence brought even before they were born.”

Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 

Are Maternity Photos Worth It? 

Finally, I asked Anna “Are Maternity Photos Worth It?” She replied: 

“Yes, totally worth it. It is worth it to spend the money on something for yourself. It may feel unnecessary, or even  a little selfish, but it is celebrating something that is really hard. Not many people give credit to the mom for doing a hard job to bring life into the world.”

Pregnancy is a profound, transformative experience, and maternity photography beautifully encapsulates this fleeting moment in time. These images serve as a celebration of the incredible journey towards motherhood, preserving the radiant glow and the beauty of this special phase.

In essence, maternity photoshoots are not merely about capturing images; they’re about immortalizing emotions, love, and the anticipation of new life. They are an investment in preserving a priceless moment in time—a testament to the beauty, strength, and wonder of pregnancy. The value they hold transcends the cost, making maternity photos an unequivocally worthwhile investment for expectant parents.

So, are maternity photos worth it? Without a doubt, they’re a timeless investment that preserves the radiance and essence of this extraordinary journey into parenthood.

If you want to know When You Should Book Your Maternity Session, Click Here!

We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.


Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.


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I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.


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