Maternity photos

maternity photos

Despite this being my 4th pregnancy I have never had any pregnancy shots taken. I have done the typical ‘bump in front of a mirror’ selfies a few times, but never anything professional. I knew that this time I wanted some photos taken, to look back on and remember the life growing inside me. This is our last baby, and I won’t get the chance again. I think you forget how big you were and what you looked like with a bump as soon as the baby comes.

maternity photos

I have been an admirer of Jade Nott Photography for a while now, and have swooned over her gorgeous newborn shoots, stunning wedding photos and lifestyle family shoots. So when I was offered the chance to be a ‘maternity guinea pig’ I jumped at the chance.

The photos were taken at a local National Trust woodland area in the early evening, and I couldn’t think of a nicer place to be honest – quiet, peaceful and with a lovely soft light. Jade is lovely, and put me at ease straight away – I always feel a bit self conscious about having my picture taken! I needn’t have worried – Jade was really unobtrusive and so natural. Her ideas for photos were family friendly, easy to achieve with a big bump and not too ‘posed’ – I knew I wanted it to look soft and natural rather than set up.

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I wore clothes I felt comfortable in, and let the children flower girl dress themselves in whatever they wanted to – I knew they wouldn’t be comfortable otherwise. Although a lot of the shots were set to look a certain way, I didn’t feel like I was on show, and I am so pleased with the results – especially the family photo. We so very rarely get a picture of all us together, and it’s wonderful to have one where all of us look happy and relaxed.

maternity photos

Overall? It’s definitely something I am glad I did. Maternity photo shoots are often studio based, and although they look stunning, they aren’t really my personal style. I loved the chance to be outside with my family and a photographer who made me feel so at ease and managed to capture the essence of my pregnancy. 

Once the photos were done, we carried on enjoying the National Trust area – the kids kicked a football around, rolled down hills and ran. It was a perfect evening.

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38 Comments

  1. Amy Squires
    May 4, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Aww these photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love the one of all of you, a perfect one for the wall!

  2. May 5, 2015 / 8:02 am

    I never thought of doing this and looking at your lovely photos I wish I had, good luck this week Kate, you look beautiful but fit to pop!

  3. May 5, 2015 / 8:24 am

    You are GLOWING! Beautiful photos. You’re right, it’s an incredibly special time. I think it’s great you know have those photos to look back on. I regretted not doing a maternity shoot first time round. I will definitely be doing one next time round (if I’m not spending the majority of my third trimester on bed rest like last time!) x
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  4. May 5, 2015 / 9:08 am

    What gorgeous photos – I never had one done myself (never really like photos of myself!) but this would make such a wonderful memory. I’ve done a family shoot and have a voucher for another to set up and the results are definitely worth it I think. #triedtested
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  5. May 5, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Gorgeous photos, that light is stunning. I never had a maternity shoot done, but I wish I had, I miss being pregnant so much!

  6. May 5, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Beautiful photos Kate!! I did not ever get any maternity photos taken either. Now knowing that I will probably not ever be pregnant again I kind of wish I had. You will be so glad to have these lovely memories to keep! thanks for hosting #TriedTested
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