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If you’re pregnant and considering a maternity photoshoot, you might wonder if a studio or outdoor session is the right choice. There are pros and cons to consider before deciding, and here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a maternity photoshoot in Indianapolis.
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Pro: Stunning background options for a maternity photoshoot in Indianapolis
When you’re photographing outdoors, nature provides a stunning background. I love shooting at local parks with fresh flowers and fields that provide my clients with excellent maternity picture background options. Whether you’re looking for something romantic or whimsical, there’s sure to be an outdoor setting that fits your vision.
I have a selection of stunning outdoor locations already vetted and chosen for you. When you book a maternity session with me, we will discuss your vision and style, and from there, I’ll recommend locations that are best suited to your style.
Con: Potential for lousy weather or wrong time of year
Of course, bad weather is always possible when you book an outdoor photoshoot, and you might have to reschedule if it’s raining or too hot on the day of your shoot. That said, most photographers are happy to work around inclement weather and will do their best to ensure you get the photos you want.
Also, it’s best to take maternity photos around 30-34 weeks of pregnancy, which may be the dead cold of winter in Indy! In that case, you may consider a gorgeous studio session instead. My studio is located in Westfield, Indiana, and is cozy and warm year-round, especially if you want to bundle maternity photos with newborn photography.
Lastly, if you have other young children, you may consider a studio session based on sleep schedules. Outdoor sessions take place around sunset, so depending on the time of year, that may interrupt their nightly routine. However, most toddlers do great with outdoor sessions since something new and exciting happens, but only you know your babies best. There are a few things to consider, but I’ll discuss them with you and recommend the best option based on your circumstances.
Pro: Stunning outdoor natural light
There’s nothing quite like the beauty of natural light, and that’s especially true when it comes to maternity photography. The soft, ethereal quality of sunlight can help to document the special bond between mother and child. Whether it’s the warm glow of the setting sun or the gentle light of a summer morning, maternity photographers know how to make the most of every precious moment.
Con: You could get self-conscious about having others watching
Pregnancy can be difficult physically and emotionally, so it’s natural that you might not always feel confident in front of the camera. You may get some people around at local parks who will see you during the photoshoot. For complete privacy, you may consider a studio photoshoot instead. The studio may be the right choice if you’re looking for a more intimate maternity or breastfeeding session.
Maternity Photoshoot Indianapolis
Only you can decide whether an outdoor maternity photoshoot in Indianapolis is right for you. An outdoor shoot is worth considering if you’re looking for beautiful, natural lighting and stunning natural backdrops. Just keep in mind that there’s always a chance of bad weather. Remember that I’m here to document your inner beauty, no matter the location.
Trust me—you’ll be glad you went with an professional Indianapolis maternity photographer when you see the stunning final results! Schedule a call with me today to discuss if a studio or an outdoor maternity photoshoot is suitable for you, or continue reading:
- Indianapolis Maternity Photography: When to Book a Session
- Carmel Maternity Photographer: What to Wear for Maternity Photos
- Zionsville Maternity Photographer: Tips on Documenting Pregnancy
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Till next time,
Owner & Photographer
Aleah Gregory is an Indianapolis newborn photographer serving Westfield, Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and central Indiana. Aleah specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, & family photography. Contact her to book a session!
Aleah is an inclusive photographer and does not discriminate based on race, gender, sex, orientation, religion, culture, or appearance. Love is love!
Lisa H says
Beautiful scenery! I love outdoors maternity shoots!!
Jessica Hendricks says
This is such a great post explaining the pros and cons of doing outdoor maternity sessions! I absolutely love getting to photograph outdoors, but scheduling around rain can be a pain sometimes, so it’s nice you have a studio backup option. 😉
Kate Williams says
Way to put out the pros and cons so these mamas can make the right decisions for themselves!
Ann Marie Grocholski says
Great information for mommas to be! I love your format and the style of your blog! So beautiful!
The weather can be such a tricky thing to plan around. It’s so nice to have a studio option as a backup. This is a really helpful post on all the pros/cons of outdoor maternity sessions. Thanks for sharing.
Melissa Porta says
Beautiful!! And such good points to consider!
Becky Langseth says
Love that you give both pros and con! Here in Seattle the weather can be so tricky, so I totally get it. And these images are gorgeous!
Courtney Landrum says
I love your pros and cons, and these photos are stunning!
Michele N Quattrin says
Such beautiful images of a maternity photo shoot.
Virginia Schultz says
I love all your pros and cons! A lot of these things people don’t think about when choosing location/timing. Love this.
Outdoor sessions are so beautiful when the weather cooperates and wow, these photos are just lovely!