When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA

Just as most things I share, these are simply guidelines to help you if you are looking for some direction.  There is not a right or wrong time to photograph growing bellies.  So much depends on how fast you are showing. Secondly, how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Lastly, what protocol your health care practitioners have suggested for you.  That being said, this post can help give direction for when to book a maternity session.

Generally speaking the 27-33 week window has been a common time for mothers to have a belly to show off, but still feel comfortable and free to move around.  


I personally have photographed mother’s as early as 24 weeks and as late as 38 weeks! There is no right or wrong for when to book a Maternity Session. It is how you feel.

When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA


Most milestones in your life have been photographed.  Your first day of kindergarten, graduation, engagements, wedding, a big trip.  The maternity window is often over looked when it comes to photography. Especially because the motherhood journey is so focused on the baby’s arrival. That being said, we miss the opportunity to pause and take in the wonderment. To marvel at what our body is actually doing. Growing a human.

This window only lasts a few months. Though the growing, the waiting, the excitement and the stillness of maternity are magical.  It is a literal manifestation of change.  The end of what was, and the beginning of what will be.

When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA

For first time Moms, being pregnant is a so new and exciting. Not to mention, the journey to get to this place can be filled with difficulty.  You spend a lot of time nesting, worrying, celebrating and bonding with your partner, family and friends, as the community is so excited to welcome a new baby to their world.


For second time Moms, your first born is now going to share you and learn how to be an older sibling.  Your time together with the three of you is coming to a bittersweet end and photographing this time together can be a special memory for the family.

When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA

For third, fourth and fifth time Moms, it can be hard to repeat the attention and celebration you felt individually with your previous children when you have three other children to care for.  Finding the time to pause, breathe and take in what is changing around you will feel just as magical and warm as the first time you did this.

When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA

My photographic style when it comes to capturing this time two fold:  I want your day-to-day life to represented, but I also want some belly out, skin on skin, sexy vibes as well.  I have a collection of fabrics, lace and kimono-styled wraps for all clients to find something that makes them feel flirty and sexy.  

When to book a Maternity Session | Philadelphia, PA

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Hello. Thank you for visiting. 

I am Steph, owner of Steph Kines Photo, specializing in working with young families, expecting women and growing babies in the Philadelphia area.  I hope you found my When to Book a Maternity Session blog feature helpful and inspiring.  If you are interested in booking a photography session and would like to talk more about how we will spend our time together, let’s connect here.  Finding your photographer can take time, so if you would like to follow along and see more behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram.

Steph is Philadelphia’s Natural Newborn Photographer, specializing in finding light and connection in your own space.  She offers maternity, family, milestone and newborn photography in a warm, natural and unexpected way.  Her clients love that her sessions are child-led. This means giving space and guidance to young children to be themselves in their own environment.  This leads to more true reflection of your family at this time in your life.  All clients receive a collection of prints and the rights to fully edited digital files.  Steph can design custom, heirloom albums and assist with wall galleries to display in your home.  I invite you to learn more about the quality and feel of my offered products and art with this blog post.


Steph serves Philadelphia, Bucks County and The Main Line including:

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