Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such an exciting time for you and your growing family! It’s so important to document it with a maternity session. Charleston is the most gorgeous place to photograph your growing belly.
Maternity sessions are some of my favorite sessions. I love documenting this time and journey for moms. They usually last 30-60 minutes depending on which session package you choose and are best scheduled between 32-36 weeks. My first son was born at 36 weeks, so I definitely recommend the earlier part of that time frame.
I do have some beautiful gowns for you to wear or I have some moms that prefer finding their own gown. I love to be a part of this process because it really makes a difference in the overall look of the session to have the right clothing. I can’t stress this enough.
I do know that some moms are apprehensive to get maternity photos taken, BUT it’s so important to capture the joy of growing a baby and this time flies by so fast. I encourage you to have your husband and children participate as well. Let’s capture those memories!
Be sure to contact me as soon as possible to secure availability on my calendar.
To tell you a little bit about me and my pregnancies… I was 8 weeks pregnant with my first son when my husband deployed to Afghanistan. So, he was gone most of my pregnancy and missed his birth by a few days because he was born at 36 weeks. I took a lot of weekly photos during those weeks he was gone and gave him updates anytime he was able to contact me. Sending him photos of my growing belly and ultrasound photos helped me share that part that he missed.
Fast forward a few years later, we were living in North Dakota when we found we were having our second son and getting medically retired. We moved back to our hometown in Georgia for a little while to be around family. My husband got to be there for the entire pregnancy, and he realized how blessed he was to not be around for the first (HA!)
"We found Melissa via Instagram and immediately fell in love with her work. There is something magical and unique about her work! I had my maternity photoshoot done with her and quite honestly it was one of the best experiences I had working with a photographer. She was sooo soo easy to communicate and work with. She truly goes above and beyond for her clients to the point that she even helped us figure out our outfits. I had my pictures taken at Folly Beach at Sunrise. She had to travel an hour to get to our shoot location. During our shoot, she was so patient with us and we had so much fun. The pictures were simply breathtaking! We couldn’t even choose our favorites because they were all amazing! We just can’t thank her enough for capturing those moments so beautifully." - Sneha Sreekumar