Glamour is the last thing on your mind when you’re 35 weeks pregnant. But when I was presented with the chance to have maternity and newborn photos taken, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t done either with my first two kids, writing it off as either too expensive or not my style.
A little bit hesitant and perhaps a bit doubtful, I set off for Miss Z Photography‘s studio in New Bedford. Abrah is a mom of two herself, and she understands all the demands of pregnancy and kids intimately. From the moment I met her she was warm and open. The basis of her photography business is customization and safety. Whatever type of maternity or newborn photos you want, she will make it happen. Her studio is adorned with countless props, whether you want your maternity shots to look “Beyonce Goddess-like” or perhaps just simple and elegant, meant to capture your glorious pregnant body at a moment in time (usually taken between weeks 28-35). Bring nothing but yourself and your family, and she will supply the rest — even the complimentary hair and makeup.
When my family burst through the doors of her studio, we were greeted as if we were celebrities. I was ushered into the hair and makeup area, and the kids were given toys to play with while mommy got her hair did. I was able to select an array of gowns, and before I knew it, the show was on. At 35 weeks pregnant, I can safely say that it was the most glamorous I had felt in a long time. I posed, the kids posed, my husband and I posed together, it was a vast array of permutations and combinations.
Once we welcomed our little boy into the world, we once again had the chance to take him to visit Miss Z so she could capture his newborn perfection. Those first weeks are a haze and, to be honest, it was a real effort to get our family to the studio. But I’m so glad we did (photos are usually taken at 10-20 days old). The photos are stunning and something I could never have captured myself.
For anyone who’s wondered if maternity and newborn photos are really worth it… On average, most people will invest between $500 to $800 for maternity and newborn photos. Not an insignificant amount of money, but so worth it to preserve the memory of your sweet newborn. I’m not sure how many times I’ve said it, agreed with it, and had it said to me, but the time when your kids are small passes so quickly. By my third child I now deeply appreciate this fact, so all I can say is… GET NEWBORN PHOTOS TAKEN! You will not regret it, and Miss Z Photography takes fine art photography to a whole new level.
If you’re interested in finding out more, the first step is to book a free consultation with Abrah — you’d meet her at her studio, where you can discuss all the options of what you’d like to see. If you decide to move forward, you’ll then book a date for either a maternity session, newborn session, or both. Once the photo shoot(s) are complete, you get to select your memories. She’ll provide you with a beautiful slideshow and will give you ample time to select the photos, be it one or two special shots or 20. Abrah’s work is one of a kind, and she takes great pride in getting the shot just right.
Plus, here is a sampling of other creative shots Miss Z shoots on a regular basis.