Making The Most Of Your Nashville Maternity Session

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Maternity photos capture one of the most extraordinary and beautiful phases in a woman’s life. As a mama-to-be, you deserve to look and feel your absolute best during this special time. In this post I provide my best tips for making the most of your Nashville maternity session to ensure that it is a wonderful experience, creating timeless memories you’ll treasure forever.

Welcoming a new life into the world is an incredible journey, and documenting this special time with maternity photos is a wonderful way to cherish the memories forever. As a mama myself first and a maternity photographer second, I understand how important it is for you to make the most of your maternity session. That’s why I’ve created a seamless experience that ensures you’re comfortable, confident, and glowing during our time together. From helping you choose the perfect time to capture your bump, to providing a curated wardrobe designed with expecting mamas in mind, I’m here to make the process as joyful and stress-free as possible.

My approach is all about celebrating the miracle of motherhood and capturing the authentic beauty of this season in your life. By leaving the details to me, you can relax and be fully present in the moment. We will work together to create images that reflect your journey into motherhood. It’s a time to create timeless memories that you and your family will treasure forever.

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Making The Most Of Your Nashville Maternity Session

Timing Is Everything

One of the most important aspects of making the most of your maternity session is timing. The best time to schedule your session is when you’re around 28-32 weeks pregnant. By this stage, your baby bump is beautifully there but not too big yet, which makes for stunning photographs. Additionally, you’re typically not too uncomfortable, allowing you to move around more easily during the session. Your energy levels are likely to be higher compared to the later stages of pregnancy, making the session more enjoyable.

By reaching out early, we can ensure that your session is booked during this ideal window. Planning ahead also allows us to discuss any specific ideas you have in mind, ensuring your session is personalized and perfect for you.

Wear Something You Feel Great In

Choosing the right outfit can make a big difference in how you feel during your maternity photos. We will work together to put together the most perfect outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. When you feel good in what you’re wearing, I promise it will show in your photos! I provide a client wardrobe for all my mamas-to-be that if full of beautiful dresses designed with pregnant mamas in mind. These dresses are both comfortable and flattering for your changing body. You don’t need to worry about buying a new dress or making something you already own work — leave all of that to me! The right wardrobe can highlight your beautiful bump and ensure that you look and feel your best.

Don’t Focus on The Physical

Pregnancy is a time of incredible physical change, and it’s natural to have moments where you might not feel your best. However, remember that this time is special and worth celebrating. Your body is doing something amazing by growing a new life! Celebrate this incredible journey and the miracle happening inside you. While it’s easy to focus on the physical changes, try to embrace them. Your photos will reflect the love and joy of this special time. By focusing on the emotional and miraculous aspects of pregnancy, you can feel more at ease and present during our time togerher.

Take Advantage of My Hair and Makeup Offering

One of the perks of booking a maternity session with me is the complimentary hair and makeup service. A professional makeup artist knows how to enhance your best features, ensuring you look radiant and feel confident. Having your hair and makeup done professionally takes the stress off you, allowing you to relax and enjoy the session. Professional makeup is designed to look great on camera, ensuring you look your best in every shot. This service is included with all sessions, so there’s no reason not to pamper yourself and make the most of it, mama!

Communicate Your Vision and Feelings

Your maternity session is all about you, so it’s important to communicate how you’re feeling and what you envision for your photos. I am being hired to make the most of your maternity session so allow me into your vision of that!

If there’s something you’re feeling insecure about, don’t hesitate to share. I’ve been in your shoes and I understand. We can work together to ensure you feel comfortable and beautiful. And if there’s a feature you love and want to highlight, share that too. We can focus on showcasing what makes you feel best. By communicating openly, we can create a session that truly reflects your personality and preferences!

Leave The Details To Me

Leave all the details to me — I’ve got you mama! My goal is to make you feel relaxed and at ease during the session. I’ll keep things flowing and guide you with poses that naturally flatter your bump and show off your beautiful glow. No need to stress about how you look — just enjoy the moment and trust that I’ll capture your best angles and those genuine, heartfelt moments. I’ve been there, and I know how to make you look and feel amazing every step of the way.

Types of Sessions

Every pregnancy is unique, and your maternity photos should reflect that. I offer a variety of maternity session that will fit exactly what you are hoping to capture!

Mama and Dad Only

A maternity session is perfect for first-time parents. It focuses on the love and anticipation shared between you and your partner as you await the arrival of your little one. This session captures the intimate moments and deep connection between the two of you, highlighting the excitement and joy of expecting your first baby. It creates lasting memories that you can look back on and cherish as a couple. You can view a couple maternity session here!

Intimate Experience

An intimate maternity session is ideal if you want to focus on documenting your growing bump in a sacred and beautiful way. This session celebrates your individual journey and the strength of your body. It creates artistic and beautiful images that focus solely on you and your bump. It allows you to feel empowered and beautiful as you embrace this special time in your life. You can view an intimate maternity session here!

For The Experienced Mama

For those who are expecting their second (or third, or fourth!) little one, a family maternity session is a wonderful way to include your growing family. This session involves everyone, including your partner and children, to capture the excitement of welcoming their littlest sibiling. It highlights the dynamics and love within your family. It creates lasting memories that your children can look back on and cherish as they grow older. You can view a family maternity session here!

Making The Most Of Your Nashville Maternity Session

Maternity photos are a beautiful way to celebrate the incredible journey of pregnancy. By allowing me to help you make the most of your maternity session, you are to be sure to love your photos!

Simple tips that can help you look and feel your best include scheduling your session at the right time, choosing a wardrobe that makes you feel great, and focusing on the emotional aspects of this special time. Take advantage of the complimentary hair and makeup service, and communicate your vision and feelings to ensure your session is everything you hoped for.

Whether you choose a couple’s session, an intimate session just for you mama, or a family maternity session, I promise to create timeless images that capture the joy, love, and anticipation of this chapter in your life.

Making the most of your Nashville maternity session isn’t just about the photos themselves — it’s about celebrating the miracle of life, embracing the changes, and creating memories that you and your family will treasure for generations. So let’s capture the beauty of your journey to motherhood together!

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Courtney is a Nashville Maternity Photographer here to provide you with an effortless experience a mama could only dream of. An experience where you don’t have to be the person to do it all, and she will help you finally get timeless images and heirloom artwork in your hands and home. She truly takes care of it all for you. If you are interested in booking a session, please reach out sooner than later! 


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