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DH & I are looking into getting some professional belly shots taken. The woman is very reasonable. But my big question is - when do I get them taken?<br><br>
Are any of you planning on getting this done? Or have you in the past?
 

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I am planning on getting pro shots done this time around. With dd, my dh took the pictures and I hate to say I looked ridiculous in pretty much every one of them!<br><br>
I am going to get mine done in April, before I am too huge, but so that you can see the belly. We are also waiting until DH shaves the beard that he has been growing for charity (April 1st is the big day!!).<br><br>
We really want some shots with dd and her little brother in utero, she kisses my belly and talks to him so much that I want to capture that relationship!!<br><br>
I would say get them when you still feel good, and not too huge! That way it will be reflected in the photos. Does that make sense??<br><br>
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My Dh was a pro photographer for years, and he says "whenever you feel most beautiful and comfortable". If you're planning on outdoor shots, I'd wait until it's warmer.<br><br>
I've been doing photoshoots with DH for a few months already, and I plan on continuing to avail myself of his talents right up until the end!
 

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Yeah I think I'm going to get some this time around. I have my "bathroom mirror self-portrait series" that I've been posting here (not exactly glamorous!) but it will be a gift to myself. I figure I'll get them done some time in April or early May before I get scary-big. A 30-week belly is cute. A 38-week belly is just terrifying!
 

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The one and only time I did professional shots was with my 4th. She came to my house. While it was fun, we actually never got any shots printed (other than the one she gifted to us). And, it stays in our bedroom. We do have the CD and an entire book of images should we want to print in the future, but I doubt I will. I believe I was 38 weeks (she was born at almost 42 weeks) and I felt pretty big. In some ways, were I to do it again, I'd do it now. Tummy isn't ginormous yet, I'm still comfortable enough to move around quite a bit and I still have that cute tummy look.<br><br>
But, this time, we're saving our money and are going to get postpartum/newborn baby shots instead. My brother did it with his first a couple of months ago and I'm really pleased with how the shots turned out. We've never done pro shots with any of our kids at any age (except for our first, but we never got prints because they turned out so badly) so this would be fun. We're going to make it a family event and try to get combos of people in most shots. I'm just hoping I don't look too awful postpartum. I mean, seriously, what am I thinking? LOL!
 

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Exactly! I'm 28+ weeks right now and I'd say definitely sooner rather than later! Before the belly's huge, your ankles are swollen, your face is puffy, your hair is limp, etc.
 

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Now! I am a professional photographer and I have the moms to be come at 7 months if you are tinsy then do it at 8. I have been taking maternity pics of myself for quite a few weeks and I for sure look plenty pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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No sooner than 34 weeks - and I'd wait til 37 or so. That's my professional opinion (as a Photographer and mom).
 

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I'm due July 1st and we're doing our pictures the first weeked of june. HTH. Oh, and FWIW, we'll make my belly cast shortly after that too.
 

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I would def. not wait til 37 weeks - I have had clients and friends who have gone in labor by then. I no longer shoot that late unless there is no other choice. I guess it is a personal preference. Do you want to document how big you got or are you looking to document your pregnant belly while you are still looking quite quite pregnant but more graceful that at the end. This will also really differ depending on body type.
 

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I don't think there is anything unsightly about a 37-42 week belly at all. I mean i don't love my stretch marks but they are worth it...and not all of my pictures have my top up.<br><br>
I've had maternity pictures taken with both my pregnancies and we did them at 36 weeks. I wanted to be as pregnant as possible without scheduling too far along in case I went into labor before the due date. 37 weeks is considered full term so I'd schedule before that, just in case. I went to 42 weeks both times so when I look at my 36 weeks pictures I still had a long way to go!<br><br>
This time we're working with a photographer who came to a prenatal visit at 30 weeks, we'll do more shots at 36-37 weeks, and she may come to the birth too!
 

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I just signed up for mine yesterday!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I planned on doing them around 37wks last pg (because my belly takes so long to get OUT THERE) and I went into labor right smack at 37wks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
This will most likely be our very last pg so I want to be sure to get prof pics for once<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have mine scheduled for the 35th week<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I get so many belly hugs/kisses from my 2 daughters I just HAVE to document it in some loving photos with them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I'm wearing a long cotton white skirt and a gauzy tie back halter bra/top and I'm getting the girls white cotton summer dresses.<br>
I've even got an appt for a nice up-do with my hair stylist that day...<br>
I can't wait to see how it turns out!
 

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I waited until RIGHT before I went into labor. I wanted to capture that fullness of the pregnancy. Luckily I had no stretch marks either time, but in case you do, most photogs can PhotoShop them out if you don't like them. I do photography on the side and come clients have not asked to have them re-touched because it is their true self at 38, 39 or 40 weeks pregnant. It is beautiful either way.
 
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