Pregnancy is such an exciting time for a couple. Even if you don’t feel your best, the 40 weeks tend to fly by. Professional maternity photography will help you remember how you felt and looked during this time. Having professional maternity photos taken can be a great way to bond with your partner or have an older sibling feel special and included.
A professional maternity photographer will know how to pose you so you look your most radiant. They will help style your outfit to show off your bump, and some even provide gowns and other maternity wear to help you feel beautiful. The best maternity photos are usually taken 28 to 34 weeks into your pregnancy.
Emily Weaver Brown specializes in newborn and maternity photography. Her studio is located in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. Her style is described as “fresh, modern, and organic” and she strives to capture the unique personality of each of her clients.
Her maternity shoots last between 45 minutes to an hour and take place in studio, or outside if the weather is right. Outdoor shoots typically take place in the early evening when the light is soft and diffused.
Weaver’s goal is to make the women she works with feel beautiful, authentic, and comfortable. She is known for her gorgeous and tasteful maternity nudes, but she encourages you to do whatever you are most comfortable with. She has wraps and shirts to choose from and suggests that you bring a few things you feel great wearing.
Partners and older children are encouraged to attend the shoot and will be incorporated in the photos. She recommends that maternity shoots take place between 32 and 36 weeks pregnant, when women clearly look pregnant but tend to still feel good.
Weaver’s signature sessions start at $300.
Sandra Coan has over 18 years of experience in film and digital photography. Her studio is in the Greenwood neighborhood of North Seattle and is comprised of 3 rooms. There is a playroom to keep your children occupied while you’re having your photos taken and a lounge for feeding and soothing your baby. The shooting space is light-filled and airy.
She offers the option to bundle a maternity and newborn photoshoot for the price of $650. A single photography session includes 25 edited images “presented in an online gallery for viewing and ordering as well as a complimentary set of 4×6 prints.”
Being the mother of twins herself, Coan understands how hectic motherhood is, and all her shoots (even maternity) are designed to be relaxed and straightforward without taking up your whole day.
Cheryl, the owner and photographer of Belle Boudoir, has photographed over 2000 women since she began her career in 2005. She works with a team of 3 other women including a hair and makeup artist, a retoucher, and a bookmaker. The team specializes in boudoir photography, including maternity boudoir photos. Cheryl embraces all forms of boudoir including modern, retro pinup, and artful nudes.
The airy studio is 2500 square feet and located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It is filled with gorgeous texture and regal furniture including headboards, backdrops, a white and a gray wall, brick walls, a staircase, full length mirrors, chandeliers, large windows, couches, chairs, and vintage props. You are welcome to bring your own outfit or choose from their boudoir closet which is filled with “nighties, chemises, robes, corsets/bustiers in sizes S-4XL, vintage clothing, accessories, props and jewelry that you are welcome to use if you want.”
The $400 package includes a pre-session consult, hair and makeup, and the photo shoot. The photos are sold separately.
Mimi Inglin is the founder of Inglin Photography. She comes from a journalism background and now tells stories through her stunning photographs. She specializes in family, newborn, and maternity photography. Inglin shoots primarily in-home and outside on-location. Partners and older children are encouraged to participate in the photo shoot. Her maternity photos perfectly capture the joy and wonder of expecting parents.
Tilly Goble is a family photographer located in Seattle. She has a comforting demeanor that puts her clients at ease. As one of the most sought after photographers in Seattle, Goble is passionate about empowering women to look and feel their best.
Goble is the mother of a beautiful son, and she understands firsthand how important it is to capture the serenity of pregnancy. She says, “This is the most incredible time in your life, a change that cannot be undone. You carry your child in your womb for a short few months, but you are a mother forever.”
She shoots maternity photography in Seattle (in the client’s home) where she works to capture all the gorgeous detail of the baby’s nursery and the glowing mama. You will receive the edited photos in 15 days or less, an incredibly fast turnaround time.
Her clients only have excellent things to say about here, including, “From start to finish this shoot was encouraging and professional. Leading up to it, I was nervous because of my lack of experience getting professional pictures taken of me, Tilly made us feel comfortable in our own skin and took some stunning shots that we are very pleased with. Best photo experience I have had.”
If you are a Seattle photographer looking to learn about family or maternity photography, Goble offers a mentorship program with free instruction videos and tips. Find out more here.
Brea Bursch specializes in maternity photography in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Her studio is located in Everett, Washington, and the vast majority of her shoots occur in studio. It is a beautiful 1200 square foot space with tons of natural light, exposed painted brick, and gorgeous high ceilings. Bursch loves incorporating props into her space and she has wardrobe, furniture, and fresh flowers on hand. It is a serene space designed to spark creativity and relaxation.
She suggests wearing clothes that make you feel your best, however, she does suggest avoiding logos as they may date the photos. Many photographers caution against wearing patterns, but Bursch encourages you to wear whatever it is that you love, even if it is a pattern. For maternity shoots, Bursch encourages clothes that show off the belly, as it will be the focal point of the shoot.
The women showcased in her maternity photo gallery look healthy, glowy, and above all, happy. One mother-to-be described her experience with Bursch saying, “I laughed, I felt beautiful, and I knew that amazing images were captured.”
For information on rates and packages, you can reach out directly to Brea Bursch.
Eden Bao is a portrait photographer serving the greater Seattle area. She recognizes that professional photography is expensive, and takes care to make sure you know exactly what you are paying for. She explains the cost saying, “Like any quality products or services out there, good photography is expensive because it is not easy to create. Bad photography is even more expensive. If you do not like your photos, you have wasted your time, money and memories.”
Her packages include shooting time, editing time, studio setup, access to top-tier equipment and cameras, plus an extensive online gallery.
Eden Bao Photography was ranked in the top 10 photographers in the world by Top Teny Magazine. She loves capturing the glow, beauty, and curves inherent in pregnancy. The photos are primarily shot in her Bothell, Washington, studio equipped with any prop you can dream up, plus a cozy client lounge with snacks and a fireplace.
The maternity photography packages are $1299 and includes 90 minutes of photography, access to all props and gowns, and professionally edited 25-35 high resolution images including black & white copies.
Jennifer Tai is a documentary and lifestyle photographer based in Seattle. She has been a professional photographer for 11 years. Tai considers herself a “socially responsible” photographer and regularly donates to causes close to her heart including the ACLU, the International Refugee Committee, and Oxfam America.
Her photos are active, vibrant, and fun to look at. In her family photography, she captures the heart and playfulness of children. She encourages all family members and pets to be involved in her portraits. Her maternity package starts at $1100 and includes a one hour shoot for two people, a set of 4×6 proof prints, and 12 high-resolution edited photos with the option to buy as many more as you like. To learn more about Tai, check out her portfolio.
Dana Pelleg is the founder and the heart of Red Poppy photography. She has practiced photography for over 15 years, but it wasn’t until she had children of her own that she turned her practice to newborn and maternity photography in Seattle. She works both in her Queen Anne studio (primarily with newborns) and on location for most other shoots. She loves photographing outdoors and believes that being outside captures “natural and dynamic” pictures.
Pelleg says one of her favorite places to shoot maternity photos is in Discovery Park at sunset. She is also open to shooting in your home if that’s what makes you most comfortable. Grey, cream, and neutral colors photograph well, and she asks that you avoid neon colors or orange and hot pink, as those colors tend to reflect light poorly and do not print well. Most of her clients wear a long dress for a portion of the maternity shoot, then change into another, more casual, outfit.
For inquiries or to book a session, you can email Pelleg directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her typical client spends anywhere between $500 and $2500 on their photography package.
Kristin Harris sees photography as a way of telling a story. She began studying photography in high school and started working professionally in 2008, after the birth of her son. She says, “I love the way photos will bring back a feeling and memory locked away and gives access to moments otherwise quickly forgotten. My goal is to get to know your family, collect these moments and preserve your memories and to tell the authentic story of you!”
One of her specializations is maternity photography in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. She sees it as a time of joy and anticipation. The shoot is lifestyle in feel and typically takes place when her clients are between 30 and 35 weeks pregnant.
These packages are typically 45 minutes to an hour and include 30 or more edited images, a location of your choice, a pre-shoot planning call to discuss the feel and the wardrobe, styling services, a slideshow set music, and the option to purchase extra prints and more. Her rates are quite reasonable and her typical maternity package costs $425 plus tax.
Chelsey Shaw is an acclaimed Seattle maternity photographer. She describes her style as elegant and classic and is open to shooting in her gorgeous studio or on the location of your choice. Her clients consistently describe Chelsey as fun and easy to work with. One of her strengths as an artist is in posing her clients to highlight their baby bumps in flattering ways.
When you work with Shaw, you will have an amazing wardrobe at your fingertips. She works with maternity gown designers to promote their looks and has personally invested in many high-end maternity pieces. This means you will not have to spend a ton of money on a beautiful gown you will likely only wear once. She caters to all styles: modern, classic, glam, sophisticated, and relaxed. You can sort through many of the amazing gowns here; good luck picking just one.
Shaw offers 4 tiers of maternity package; Luminance, Glow, Brilliance, and Radiant Boutique Experience. Her packages range from $525 to $1495, and all tiers have access to the “client closet” filled with gowns. Her highest tier includes hair and makeup. Clients also have the option to bundle maternity and newborn packages together for savings.
The women in Sahara Coleman’s maternity photos look radiant. She calls herself a “Life Documenter” and says “Collaborating and making images with clients is so important to me that It is my firm belief that we establish a level of friendship and trust. I am going to do everything in my power to support you through out our time together. I will make sure you are heard and feel respected, and will go to bat for you if needed. Even if it is just simply clearing the room so you can just breathe.”
Coleman specializes in newborn, family, and maternity photos. She works primarily outdoors and she is able to capture the personality and love flowing through the couples she shoots. To learn more about her packages and rates, you can contact Coleman here.
Alicen Lum has a background in graphic design and photo retouching but it wasn’t until she photographed her own newborn that she found a home in maternity photography. She loves working with children and says,
“By photographing babies and children, I am providing parents with a way to make those memories as beautiful as possible. Although I love to take portraits, I love taking them in a way that creates the most natural and beautiful shots.
I work with babies and children because I enjoy working with them. I make every photo shoot an opportunity for children to play, laugh and simply be themselves. They enjoy coming to get their photos taken because I provide a fun and interactive way to take photographs.”
Lum is a talented maternity photographer, able to capture the joy and awe inherent in parents-to-be. Her maternity packages are $350 and include one hour of photography with a minimum of 40 images to choose from, though they do not include the photos themselves.
Carmen Miller specializes in family, newborn, and maternity photography in Seattle. Her photos have a dreamy, effervescent vibe. Miller likes to keep her images sparse and timeless and forgoes trendy props (think huge bows and tutus) for timeless backdrops of wood and bare walls. The outdoors are a big inspiration for Miller and she will happily take your shoot outside if it’s what you prefer.
She says she usually likes “to photograph maternity sessions around the 33-35 week mark. It really depends on how mom to be is feeling and showing. It’s best to contact me after you take the test. Well, okay maybe not that day but soon! There are lots of details in a maternity session and the more time we have to go over ideas and planning the better.”
An important detail to note is that you can only book a maternity session with Miller if you also book a newborn session. The maternity sessions (not including newborn photos) cost $375 and include access to a client closet filled with stunning maternity gowns, one hour of shooting time, and 15-20 images available for viewing in an online gallery. For an added fee, she offers wall art prints and canvas prints.
Megan Krueger Smith is described as a wedding, portrait, events, family, and maternity photographer in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Basically, she does it all. Krueger aims to capture images that tell a story and showcase the essence of her clients. She avoids taking photos that look overly posed or perfect.
Trust is paramount to Krueger’s success and she says on her website, “I want my clients to trust me completely, and I believe I can earn this trust by collaborating with you as much as possible throughout the planning process.” While she is mostly known for her wedding and engagement shoots, her maternity photos look genuine and joyful. You can check out her portfolio here.
Jenn Repp is specializes in lifestyle, wedding, and maternity photography in Seattle. With over ten years of experience, Repp uses her art background to capture authentic moments. She says, “I want my work to exist at the place where classical beauty and modern design intersect.”
She loves capturing the serenity of maternity, and she works with expecting couples to photograph their gender reveal then baby’s first days and year. She offers two types of family photography. The first is Portrait where she spends about an hour capturing posed portraits (though she throws some candids in too.)
The second option is a Lifestyle session, which runs about 3 hours. Repp will follow you and your family doing whatever you would normally be doing; a Sunday at the park or relaxing at home. She says, “I take a photojournalistic approach to all of my work, so no matter what you choose, expect to do more than just sit and smile when we meet!”
Her packages are thorough and affordable. Her lifestyle session, which is a lovely option for maternity photography starts at $900 and includes your final images “in high resolution with a personal print release.” You can get a feel for Repp’s beautiful work here.
Carrie Yuan is the photographer behind Yi Li which is named for her oldest daughter. She calls herself a Seattle documentary family photographer. Having 3 children of her own gives Yuan a firm grasp on the importance of photographs. She says,
“I love that a photograph can bring me right back to a moment otherwise forgotten: the sound of my son’s amazingly joyful belly laugh, and the feeling of his fuzzy hair against my cheek. I love holding real, printed photographs in my hands, and it’s such a joy for me to create images that capture the essence of a person or the connection & love between family members.”
Her photos look true-to-life, unscripted, and authentic. She shoots outside in nature or in your home. You can see her gallery of maternity photos and learn about rates and packages here.