Virginia Family Maternity Photo Shoot

Some sessions just take my breath away and this outdoor Northern Virginia area family maternity photo shoot is one of them. The location with such a beautiful family is perfection. One of the most common questions I’m asked as a Richmond VA maternity photographer is when should the maternity portraits be taken. I suggest booking at the beginning of the second semester and having the session between 32-36 weeks.

With little ones, choosing an outdoor location helps them be more relaxed and present with you during the session. As a mom myself, I have a ton of tricks in my back pocket to get the smiles, too! And when it’s time for your solo poses, there’s plenty of space for the kids to play. My focus will always be for everyone to have an enjoyable experience.

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I hope you enjoy!

If you love my work, but think a beach maternity session is more of what you’re looking for, click here for a recent maternity photo shoot at sunset.

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Virginia Family Maternity Photo Shoot

Hi there and thank you for stopping by! I’m Melissa, owner of Melissa Arlena Photography, a Richmond VA maternity photographer specializing in young and growing families in Virginia. I hope you enjoyed this outdoor family maternity photo shoot feature I shared today and if you are interested in talking with me more about a maternity session, let’s connect. Not quite ready, but know you want to keep me in your back pocket? No problem! Follow me on Instagram and let’s be friends!

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