It’s a perfectly reasonable question! Maternity photos are an investment, no doubt about it. Perhaps I’m a bit biased, but hiring a professional maternity photographer is definitely worth it.

With everything else you have going on, all the change, and trying to prepare for the baby’s arrival during pregnancy, professional maternity photos can be overlooked and undervalued as an important part of this journey.

Are maternity photos worth it? I’m here to share some insights from my experience and some past clients who’ve shared their reasons why maternity photos were worth it to them.

Because it helps to validate & celebrate your Birthing Body

Being pregnant often represents a duality: on one hand you’re growing a human and it’s really hard and on the other hand, you’ve never been more grateful to your body.

You might not be loving the changes to your body, have pregnancy-induced physical limitations, lack of energy, morning sickness, etc. No matter how you’re feeling, having professionally taken pictures helps to ground you in the profound gratitude that you have for your birthing body and will serve as a sentimental reminder of this transition that you’re in. 

Celebrating the changing body with maternity photography can be an incredibly empowering experience and can help connect you to your divine feminine. 

One of my past clients told me once that the reason they wanted maternity photos done was because they wanted to show their daughter that pregnant bodies and being a mother is powerful and important. They wanted to demonstrate to her that pregnant bodies are beautiful and worth celebrating, not hiding. This really struck me because society tells us differently and too many women go through their pregnancy ashamed of the changes their bodies are going through.  

You’ll get to memorialize that pregnancy glow (for eternity)!

This feels closely tied to validation and celebration, but I also felt like it needed its own separate call-out. 

Raise your hand if your hair, skin, and nails have never looked better? 


Maternity photography captures this special time when motherhood blooms and shows off your inner and outer glow. Make the most of that pregnancy glow! 

Because you’re creating a time capsule for future generations.

Professional pregnancy photos create heirloom images that can be passed down from generation to generation, documenting not only your own story but also that of generations who follow you. We’re not only experts at taking the photos, but we’re also experts at preserving them in print, as albums, and art for your walls.  

These photographs will become part of your legacy. 

A recent client, who ended up purchasing an album for her maternity photos and another one for her newborn’s photos, told me her reason why. Her Mother was great at making albums and was really into it. She always loved looking through the albums, over and over, and she wants to give that same experience to her daughter.  

Because DIY’ing is More Work Than it Looks. 

Or, some assume that DIY’ing their own maternity photos can achieve professional results. Everyone’s got a camera phone and most of us have an Uncle with a “fancy” camera, so it might be tempting to just DIY your way to beautiful maternity photos. I’m not saying you can’t do it but I’m here to tell you that your maternity photos will turn out 10000%+  better if you leave it to the professionals with years of experience. We know what we’re doing, we do this all the time, and we can guide you to the best results you’re looking for using our intuition, expertise, and creativity. 

Everything from the most flattering angles and poses, to the best things to wear to accentuate that beautiful belly of yours, to putting you in the best light. It’s just not something that you can DIY, no matter how good your camera phone may seem. 

I can’t tell you how many times clients have come to me after their Uncle or friend with a “nice camera” tried to take their maternity photos and they didn’t come out well. 

My advice is to trust this one to the professionals with years of experience. The camera doesn’t take the picture, we do!

Simply put, maternity photos can be an incredibly powerful way for mothers to capture their journey into motherhood and create an heirloom that will be treasured by generations. Investing in professional maternity photos is one of the best ways to document your transition from maiden-to-Mama, along with your new baby’s arrival Earthside.

 It’s such a beautiful and important story to tell. 

Send me a message you’re interested in talking about what a maternity session could look and feel like for you! I’d love to hear your vision and make it come to life for you.

Are maternity photos worth it to you? Share your own reflections in the comments!

Looking for a Maternity Photographer in Rochester NY?

I specialize in capturing the natural beauty of your pregnancy. I’m known for creating an easy-going and natural environment for you to feel empowered & beautiful in your birthing body.  And by leading with genuine curiosity about you and your story throughout the process, I’m able to craft images that get to the heart of what’s most important to you.

I’d love to hear more about you and what you’re dreaming up when it comes to your maternity photos. Inquire here to start a conversation!

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