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Choosing the right maternity session for you and your growing family can feel like quite the undertaking, especially if this is your first time. There are various ways you can book a maternity session with CWP, so I thought I’d walk you through my favorite ways to celebrate this new season with you! I’ll break down each of the different types of maternity sessions we offer to help you determine which is the best fit for you. Plus, be sure to check the link at the end of this post to see a few of my favorite examples of each session! 

The Signature Session

Our maternity Signature Sessions are great if you want to include the whole family. It’s also a great fit if you want to have your session outdoors or at a location other than the CWP studio. 

These sessions are typically longer than other sessions since they usually include the whole family. They last about an hour and include at least thirty-five images to choose from. These sessions also include professional hair and make-up with our wonderful team, as well as access to the studio wardrobe.

Whether you choose to have your session on location or in the studio is a completely personal preference. Here’s a bit more info on both to help you get a feel for which might be best for you! 

Studio Signature Maternity Session

The Studio Signature Maternity Session is structured mostly the same as the above option. The main difference is you’ll have access to the CWP studio. These sessions are a great option if the weather isn’t agreeable. It’s also ideal if children’s bedtimes are a problem. We can plan these sessions more loosely with time and don’t have to plan for sunrise or sunset. 

They’re also great if you want a really clean and consistent backdrop for your gallery walls and albums! 

On-Location Signature Maternity Session

Choosing an on-location session is a lovely option if you want your session to have more of a laid-back feel. While they’re a little less “traditional” they’re every bit as beautiful. They’re great for families with more than one little ones who like a bit more space to move around. They’re a great way to add more of a lifestyle feel to your sessions. 

Oftentimes, clients use this session as part of the Milestone Collective. It’s a great way to mix things up and have a different style for one of more of your portrait session. 

Outdoor Maternity Session Davidson NC Fisher Farm

The Simplicity Session

Our Simplicity Maternity Sessions are meant to focus on the mom-to-be and really highlight what miraculous work her body is doing. These sessions are held in the CWP studio and are fairly quick.

You can expect your session to last 20-30 minutes, depending if you choose one or two gowns to wear from the studio wardrobe. These sessions do not include professional hair and make-up, but we’re happy to refer you to our team. I’ll highlight the two types of Simplicity Sessions below.

Intimate Maternity Session

These are probably my favorite maternity sessions to shoot. There is something about seeing a bare belly vs a clothed one that’s just so special. To see all of the intricacies of one’s changing body; stretch marks, no stretch marks, belly button not affected or protruding.

Our intimate maternity sessions are done tastefully and skillfully to ensure you look and feel your best. We do provide various outerwear options but ask that clients bring their own undergarments, though we do have a few options for bust coverage, if necessary. You can also add an “intimate” portion to any studio maternity session.

Studio Simplicity Maternity Session

These sessions are just for Mama and are in the studio. These are great if you are on the fence about documenting this time, as they are quick and don’t yield a ton of images to choose from. They’re also a great option if you want to include some photos of your pregnancy in an heirloom album.

Studio Intimate Maternity Session
Studio Maternity Session

For a look at what a full gallery looks like for each of these sessions, please check out this helpful gallery!

Mom to be in a field at sunset | Image by Chrissy Winchester Photography


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