7 Things to Know About Maternity Sessions | NYC Maternity Photography

When you find out you're pregnant it can be overwhelming and thinking about the details of booking a NYC Maternity Photography session may not be the top item on your t0-do list. I never want anyone to miss the opportunity to capture this fleeting time in their lives, so I put together a list of common questions and answers to help.

When should I reach out to schedule my session and when does the session take place?

I recommend reaching out to a NYC photographer who specializes in maternity photography in your second trimester to ensure availability. I’ve found that the most ideal time for your session to take place is between 28-36 weeks pregnant. I want you to feel as comfortable as possible but still be showing a significant amount.

Pregnant woman on the beach with the sunset behind her with hands on her bump by NYC Maternity Photography

Where and what time?

Maternity sessions take place Monday through Friday, 1-2 hours prior to sunset in and around Madison, NJ. I’ve scouted out a few locations that have interesting landscapes and get stunning golden hour light.

Pregnant woman with hands above her bump looking down at her bump with the sun setting behind her by NYC Maternity Photography

Are family members included?

Yes, family members are always included in every session. Pregnancy is such a special time for everyone included in the family and I like to make sure everyone feels involved and special.

Pregnant woman with her family, holding their older babies in a green subtle green field with the sunset behind them by NYC Maternity Photography

What should I wear?

I have a Client Wardrobe for moms and children (boys and girls, up to the age of 6) that is full of options that are flattering and photograph beautifully. I will also send over a wardrobe guidance email roughly 2 weeks prior to your session that will help you prep your partner/husband for your session.

Can you refer me to a hair and makeup artist?

Yes, I work with an amazing hair and makeup artist that I will put you in touch with prior to your session. You guys will chat style preferences and agree upon a time and place for your to get ready.

Do you offer a discount if I book maternity and newborn session together?

As a photographer specializing in NYC Maternity Photography I love offering a membership option which includes 3 sessions - typically maternity, newborn, and a milestone session - all to be used within 1 year of your baby’s birth. Booking the membership has many benefits! Having each session with the same photographer ensures consistency between each session so that you're able to create a wall gallery in your home using images from each session. You get to develop a bond and trusting relationship with your photographer, and your children get more and more comfortable with the photographer as they seem them over and over again. It's a win-win for everybody!

Can I purchase artwork through you?

Yes! I offer custom albums, framed fine art prints, matted prints, and more. All artwork is printed on high quality, acid free paper, that is guaranteed against yellowing and fading.

I've created a wonderful experience that not only takes some of the stress off of you but helps create stunning, light and airy, genuine images. I offer client wardrobe for mothers and children (up to the age of 6), and a hair and makeup artist to come to you or my studio to help you look your best the day of your session, If you'd like to learn more about what a portrait session with Ashli Nicole Photography entails please CLICK HERE. You can also follow along on INSTAGRAM for my most recent work, updates on availability, and more. I offer a complimentary consultation at the studio for you to see the studio in person, go through my client wardrobe, and look at the heirloom albums and fine art prints that I offer. Please feel free to email me at ashli@ashlinicolephotography.com


Ashli Nicole Photography is a NJ newborn, maternity, and family photographer serving the New Jersey and NY area, including Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Bergen and surrounding counties including NYC

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