what to expect at your maternity session with jess nicole photography

Pregnancy is such an exciting time in a woman's life. There are so many crazy changes happening in such a short period of time, it's honestly mind blowing! How can a body create an entire organ, grow a human life, bring forth that life, and then sustain that life for months afterward? And the way your body changes physically is just so hard to believe. 

For some women, pregnancy is this magical and glowing time. Some women have a really hard time with it. I am a firm believer that both journeys are worthy of being photographed and the whole process deserves to be honored. So for that reason, my maternity sessions look a little different than my normal family and newborn documentary style sessions. 

pregnant woman on beach in norfolk, virginia for her maternity photo session

My Maternity Storytelling Sessions can be exactly what you want them to be.

It can be a celebration of your changing body and honoring all that it has been through. Yes, even stretch marks. It can be simple, with just you, your body, and light. It can be about the natural and organic beauty of pregnancy.  

I'd like to briefly speak to Mama's with high-risk pregnancies or those who are on bedrest: I mainly shoot in home and I am comfortable shooting in your space in whatever capacity you are able to. Please don't feel left out if this is your situation- I know how you feel, I've been there. 

woman sitting beside window in her home for maternity photo session in virginia beach, virginia

Or. your Maternity Storytelling Session can be more artistic and abstract. It can be a celebration of the whimsy and the unknown (or the well-known journey). It can be more mindful or dreamlike. It can be creative. It could even be saying goodbye to one chapter of your life and the beginning of another, very different chapter. 

pregnant woman standing on beach in norfolk, virginia in denim overalls

Or, your Maternity Storytelling Session could be about your growing family and how it's a familial journey. It could be about family growth and the joys of being promoted to Big Brother or Big Sister. It could be about your day-to-day life and how this new baby is along for the ride. It could even be about preparing for the new baby. 

pregnant woman with stretch marks sitting on floor with flower at her in home maternity photo shoot in norfolk, virginia

Whichever direction you choose to take your Maternity Storytelling Session, it will surely be infused with love, hope, and wonder. It's about the Mama who is changing and shifting... coming into a new part of herself.

pregnant woman standing in backyard holding her child on her belly in chesapeak, virginia maternity photo

Here's what you can expect for your Maternity Storytelling Session:

  • A Google Meet to talk about your session, plan our what we will do and which direction we will go in. I need to stress here that these Google Meets are extremely informal. I will likely have on zero makeup, my hair will be in a messy bun, and there will likely be my dog sniffing around begging for attention...or possibly a kid or two. This is just 2 moms having a chat about pregnancy and how you're feeling, and what your vision is. 
  • A low key, organic, and zero stress session. This session is what you want it to be. It doesn't have to be like everyone else's. This is about you. Not what society or anyone else says it has to be. 
  • Up to 90 minutes of shooting time in your home or on location. 
  • A sneak peek within 3 days of your session. 
  • An online, private, password protected gallery of gorgeous, honest, and artful images delivered within the contracted time (usually 2-4 weeks). 

woman laying on bed with dog cuddling her pregnant belly in portsmouth, virginia in home maternity session

When should I book my Maternity Storytelling Session?

I recommend booking as early as possible to get the most flexibility with dates. But always feel free to reach out and see what my availability is. I'm happy to try to accommodate you. I've even shot one in home maternity session as the Mama was in active labor!

When should I schedule my Maternity Storytelling Session?

I like to schedule maternity sessions at about the 33-36 week range, although there are always exceptions. Please reach out and let's talk about what your needs are!

Is there a discount for booking a maternity session and newborn sessions at the same time? 

Absolutely! I offer a Belly + Baby Collection with an amazing incentive for booking both sessions at the same time. You can view more information on Maternity and Belly + Baby Collections here.

Can I do my session with my family?

Yes! If you include your family in your session, I typically shoot it the way I would any other session, in my signature documentary style. 

Can I make payments?

YES. My payment plans are super flexible and I can work with anyone's budget. 

Do you edit out stretch marks and lumps/bumps?

No. I don't. In short, I will not edit out stretch marks or other body features because I believe wholeheartedly that our bodies are unique works of art and they are perfect the way they are. Stretch marks are a part of our body changing and growing a whole new life- I think that is a beautiful testament to the love and sacrifice of a mother. 

pregnant woman at the playground with her toddler child dirty from playing together suffolk, virginia

Got more questions? I'm all ears! 

Interested in telling the story of your journey? I want to hear it and I want to be a part of it. 

Click here or on the Contact tab above to send me a message. I can't wait to hear from you.