Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Maternity Photos + What to Use Them For

Greetings faithful blog readers,

It has been a whirlwind week and a half since I last checked in (one that involved going back to work, helping to organize a luncheon for the teaching excellence awards, assessment, book edits, starting childbirth classes, TWO baby showers, and a trip to Austin where we saw both our families). We're exhausted but happy, and we're looking forward to a new semester.

Today's blog post is funny to write because maternity photos, like many things, were something I didn't think I'd ever be interested in doing. I was so confident that I even promised Brendan that if we took engagement photos, we could skip maternity photos. I've always thought maternity photos look cheesy. A few months into pregnancy though, I started to wonder how I'd feel if we skipped them. I cherish the photos that I have of my mom when she was pregnant with me (I've written about a particular photo in this post), and I liked the idea of having nice photos of Brendan and I that documented this special time to share with our baby. Brendan was skeptical--professional photography is expensive, and he felt we wouldn't really have much use for the pictures. I've also had friends tell me that once the baby comes, maternity photos seem to just take up frame space you'd rather use on baby pictures, but I couldn't shake the feeling that if we found the right photographer, we could get photos we'd love and cherish forever.

But it turns out, a good maternity photographer is hard to find. I wasn't in love with a lot of portfolios that I saw. After we planned our Maui babymoon, I decided to look into Maui photographers, and I finally found what I was looking for when I stumbled across Jane Johnson's website. I thought her photos were beautiful and authentic, and she was willing to schedule short sessions too, which I knew Brendan would appreciate. I'm so glad that she was our photographer: she was easy to work with, personable, and was even able to reschedule with us multiple times to get the perfect weather for our sunrise session.

As soon as Jane sent me a preview, I knew we'd made the right choice. She captured our happiness, love for one another, and excitement about our baby girl perfectly.

Here's a sampling of our maternity pictures taken at 25 weeks pregnant. I searched high and low for the perfect outfits and finally found them through Le Tote. I did my own hair and make-up. At the end of the post, I'll talk about what we're doing with our photos.

Here's how we're using our maternity photos:

I always send Christmas cards, but, as these were taken on Dec. 22nd, I decided to do New Year cards instead this year and used the photos for those. (I used the website Minted to make cards this year).

I used Shutterfly to create Thank You cards with the photos.

My favorite use: we bought floating picture frames and had prints made for our parents, grandparents, and siblings. We wrote everyone notes on our wedding stationary about what they mean to us and how happy we are that baby girl will have them in her life. We taped the notes to the back of the print, and since the frames have glass on both sides, they can hang the picture but take it off the wall to read the message.

We'll frame some for our home and baby girl's room.

I plan to use them in baby girl's baby book.

Finally, you know they'll make an appearance on my 2019 Erin Condren Lifeplanner (along with plenty of pictures of baby girl herself!)

Ultimately, Brendan says he is glad we took these photos. Though I'm sure part of that is just seeing how happy they make me.

Here's to memories to treasure forever and ever.


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