Why Maternity Photos are Important (and why we offer a mini maternity session add on)


March 29, 2023

I may be a successful Indianapolis based destination wedding photographer, but since starting my own family a few years ago, I’ve become passionate about newborn photography as well. For our families who book a lifestyle newborn session, we offer a mini maternity session add-on. Today I’m excited to tell you why maternity photos are important and why we offer this mini session add on for our clients. 

It’s important to document the whole season of motherhood- from maternity, to the newborn season, those first year milestones and annual family photos!

This is why I recently started calling the portrait side of my business, Kaitlin Mendoza Motherhood because I’m passionate about serving the same families through various seasons.  My career as a photographer started in the wedding industry, which I still love documenting locally and across the country. But as my husband and I started our own family, my love for all seasons of motherhood also grew.  

As a mama myself, I know how quickly these special seasons of motherhood pass by, and having photos to reminisce and take you back in time is something no mother will ever regret.  I know I’m a family and lifestyle newborn photographer in Indianapolis, but I truly believe that investing in refined and timeless heirloom photography for your family is some of the best money you’ll ever spend.  In this digital world that we live in, it’s easy to take photos on your phone, but do they ever leave there?  Are those the images that you’re printing to put on the wall, or putting into an album to pass down through the generations?  No.  They’re usually saved to an iCloud and left there (I’m also guilty!) The images that make it on the walls in my home are the photos we invested in.  

Regardless of how you feel during pregnancy, I think we can all agree that pregnancy and what your body can do is truly miraculous.

As a mama myself, it’s easy to explain to clients why maternity photos are important. I know that each expecting mom can have a different pregnancy experience.  Some feel awful those first several weeks and get a serve of energy during the second trimester, while others feel terrible or fantastic the whole 40 weeks.  But regardless of how you felt during pregnancy, I think we can all agree that pregnancy is one of the greatest miracles that life has to offer if you choose to have a family. To have your body nourish and grow new life and then bring into this world always has me beside myself.  This is why maternity photos are important and every mama deserves them so you can remember how incredible you are and this amazing thing that you did! 

What is a maternity mini session and why do we offer it? 

A maternity mini session is a shorter 30 minute outdoor session that we’ll do between 28-34 weeks of pregnancy.  During this late second trimester/ early third trimester, you’re showing a beautiful baby bump, not yet experiencing a lot of swelling, and typically still feeling pretty energetic.  I find I only need 30 minutes to capture the essential maternity photos that clients love. Unless expecting mamas have little ones, then sometimes clients like to upgrade to the full 1 hour session to also include updated family photos during this season of life. 

I love helping clients see why maternity photos are so important, and providing this add on service that they’re so grateful they did!

Because my absolute favorite thing about my job is serving clients with heirloom images through all seasons of life. To best serve all of my clients and provide a quick gallery turn around, I only take a handful of newborn and family sessions per month.  If you’re expecting and interested in securing a spot in the month that you’re due, please fill out the inquiry form on my website or email kaitlin@kaitlinmendoza.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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