Reno Maternity photographer

Maternity photography encapsulates a moment of profound transition, celebrating the journey of motherhood in all its splendor. It's a time where the glow of anticipation shine brightest. However, in the whirlwind of preparations and nesting instincts, scheduling a maternity session can sometimes be overlooked. This is why I am making this comprehensive guide to maternity photos, covering everything from timing, locations and wardrobe choices.


One of the first considerations when planning a maternity session is timing. While it may be tempting to wait until the last month of pregnancy, it's essential to recognize that comfort levels can diminish as the due date approaches. The ideal window for a maternity session is typically between 30 to 35 weeks. At this stage, the belly is beautifully rounded, yet the discomforts of late pregnancy haven't fully set in, allowing for a more relaxed and enjoyable photo session experience.


Choosing the right location sets the stage for maternity portraits. Having this in mind, I will suggest different locations, depending on your interests as a family. In and around Reno, Nevada, there are abundant options that offer natural beauty and serene backdrops, however if you are city folks, we can arrange a session in downtown, midtown or at a photo studio. Parks and hiking trails provide picturesque settings, allowing expecting mothers to bask in the tranquility of nature while capturing your family's milestone. For those willing to venture a bit further, Tahoe offers breathtaking vistas that will elevate the experience. Spooner Lake, with its serene views and tranquil ambiance, serves as an ideal midpoint for those seeking a perfect blend of natural beauty and accessibility.

Rancho San Rafael Maternity Session

Rancho San Rafael

Reno maternity photo session at Rancho San Rafael Park
Reno Maternity Photographer - Park Session


When it comes to dressing for a maternity session, staying true to personal style is paramount. Whether it's jeans and converse or flowing dresses, embracing one's individuality ensures authentic and timeless photographs. For expecting mothers, opting for clothing that accentuates the baby bump while remaining comfortable is key. Layers and textures add depth to the photographs, while coordinating colors with the surroundings can enhance the overall aesthetic.


Incorporating family members into maternity sessions adds an extra layer of warmth and significance. Dressing spouses and children in coordinating colors or styles can create a cohesive look that ties the family together beautifully. When expecting a boy versus a girl, dressing choices may vary subtly, with soft pastels for a girl and earthy tones for a boy, although there are no hard and fast rules—personal preference reigns supreme.

Studio Session

Tahoe Meadows Maternity Photo Session
Maternity Photo Session in Tahoe


Maternity photography isn't just about capturing images; it's about creating memories as a family that will be cherished for a lifetime. As a milestone in the family's journey, consider investing in a professionally designed photo album or wall art display to commemorate this special time, serving as a tangible reminder of the love and anticipation that filled the air.

Maternity sessions offer a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the miracle of life and the journey of motherhood. By carefully considering timing, location, wardrobe choices, and the significance of preserving these memories, expecting mothers can ensure that their maternity session is a truly magical experience. From parks and hiking trails to the tranquil shores of Tahoe, the possibilities are endless for creating breathtaking portraits that capture the essence of this extraordinary moment in time.

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Amber Shore Pictures

11 N. Sierra St. Suite #103

Reno NV 89431

(206) 393 7778