Outdoor Editorial Maternity Photography Sessions in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia
Formal vs Casual:
Editorial maternity sessions can range from casual to formal, or boho to super glam. We’ll work together to determine your preferred style, and choose wardrobe and locations accordingly.
Here are some examples of casual vs more formal editorial images. I also offer an even more casual version with in-home sessions, and information about those can be found HERE.
There are many beautiful outdoor locations for editorial style maternity photography sessions in the Washington DC area, including parks in Maryland and Northern Virginia. At booking, we’ll chat about the vision you have for your images, your personal aesthetic, and where you’ll be driving from, and then determine the best location for you based on this information. More information about my preferred locations can be found below, and I’m always happy to scout new locations if you have something else in mind.
It’s best to schedule your maternity photography session for around the 32-35 week mark. This will get the fullest belly but still allow a reasonable range of movement and comfort.
The best lighting for photographs is around sunrise and sunset. I do offer sessions at other times of day depending on the circumstances and location, but my recommendation is to schedule as close to sunrise or sunset as possible
Exact times will vary depending on time of year and daylight savings, but will typically mean a start time around either 6:00am or 6:30pm during summer, or 7:30am or 3:00pm during winter.
Booking and Availability:
Maternity sessions are some of my most popular bookings and sessions book several months in advance. I recommend booking at least 2-3 months in advance of the 30-35 weeks of pregnancy mark. Most women contact me for booking around their 20th week of pregnancy.
More information about Maternity Sessions can be found HERE.
Or you may click HERE to book.
Exact locations with parking instructions and meeting spots will be delivered in an informational packet after you’ve booked your session and we’ve worked together to determine your ideal location. The below list are some examples of popular locations, and there are plenty of other options in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia area.
1. Formal Gardens, Stone Archways, and Sweeping Staircases on the Grounds of a Historic Mansion
Located approximately 40 minutes outside Downtown Washington DC. This location has lots of variety with formal gardens, large stone staircases, stone archways, a large field, and front lawn.
2. Scenic Variety at a Lake-Front Park
Located approximately 30 minutes from Downtown Washington DC.
Some favorite backdrops within this location include: a bridge, small playground, picnic area, trails, and of course, the lake.
3. Park With Walking Trails, Creek, Shallow Wading, and Forested Areas
Located approximately 10 minutes from Downtown Washington DC. Options include wading in ankle-deep water, posing on a fallen tree, and photos on a small footbridge.
Due to weekend road closures, this location is only available for weekday sessions.
4. Small Rustic Garden
Located approximately 30 minutes outside Downtown Washington DC. This location has less variety than the lakefront option, but is good for families with younger children since it’s smaller with less walking.
My example images for this location are non-pregnant families, but this location would work just as well for maternity sessions with young children!