Abby {Maternity} | Watertown, SD Lifestyle Maternity Photographer

Abby | In-Home Maternity Session

I met this beautiful family almost exactly four years ago as they were welcoming their first child into the world. A week later I had the honor of photographing that sweet little boy's newborn session. 

Over the last four years their family has grown and we've had many sessions together, from newborn to milestones, to family & even a family film. But finally on baby number 3 I was able to talk mama into a maternity session. :) And I have to say, it may be one of my favorites to date!


Over the years, I've heard many reason's why some women don't want a maternity session...

I don't feel cute.

I'm huge!

I just feel "yuck".

What will I do with them?

What's the point? We will want new photos in a few weeks when the baby is born.


So here's the thing. I've been there myself. Four times. I have felt all. those. things...

I didn't feel cute in the least. I was tired. Uncomfortable. Huge. The actual thought of going through a maternity session was daunting. But I did them. I made myself. And I'm so glad I did. I look back at those images now and they put a big smile on my face. I do not look at them and remember how big or uncomfortable I felt at that time. I remember how amazing it was carrying that baby that I'd longed for for so long. And each one was a reminder of that stage in our life.

My husband and I like to look back and reminisce "remember when it was just the three of us"? (or or four, or five). Remember how different life was and how it changes in an instant?


The thing is, every stage of live deserves to be documented -- whether your family is just beginning, continually growing, or complete. They are life changing memories and moments to be looked back on and treasured.


So mamas, wherever you are in life right now...however you feel...document now. You will be happy you did.


xo, Amber




And a few weeks later.... <3

Welcome baby William!