This series of blog posts is all about what to expect when you’re an expecting wedding photographer.  That’s right, we’re getting a little personal for a few posts and sharing our experience as a pregnant wedding photographer as a way to help them answer so many of the really specific questions and situations that come up when you’re a pregnant entrepreneur whose workload is quite seasonal.

what to expect when you're an expecting wedding photographer

Each of the articles below is about a specific topic; something that I feel is important enough to mention on it’s own and share some insight into.  This series includes my experience shooting in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy as well as my take on when you should stop shooting weddings before your due date and when you should start shooting again.  It also talks about preparing for the “what if’s” in relation to your business as well as dealing with complications and pregnancy loss as an entrepreneur.  There’s a discussion about doing what’s right for you when you’re an expecting wedding photographer as well as a new-mommy and a candid discussion about breastfeeding and pumping at weddings, postpartum depression, and even email templates for help with wording some more sensitive emails to your clients.  For those who are planning a pregnancy, there’s also three articles about things to consider before starting a family and the pros and cons of trying to conceive so that you deliver in the “off season”.

I also highly encourage readers to use the comments section to comment on the article and to start awesome and supportive discussions.  As entrepreneurs, we often work alone and unless we seek out companionship, we have a tendency to spend a lot of time alone.  Pregnancy can be a scary thing and it’s always nice to know that there are other people out there who have been through what you’ve been through and who can share their stories too.  Ah, yes, their stories – we all have different stories.  My pregnancy journey will not be the same as yours; but I chose these articles and topics to discuss because I felt like they were a bit more generalized and could help provide a foundation of information that you can then fill in and build upon based on your own unique experiences.  When you’re an expecting wedding photographer, you’ll be writing your own stories.  Your journey will be different but I encourage you to share it, too!

As a final note, I want to make it very clear that I am not a doctor.  I am not a nurse or a midwife or a doula.  I’m not a pregnancy expert by any means.  Everything I write in these articles is based on my own experience and my own research throughout my own pregnancy.  Any specific questions you have that are related to your health or your babies health or, heck, any questions that could even remotely impact yourself or your baby, please ensure that you communicate clearly with your health care provider.  Having an amazing health care provider; whether it’s an OBGYN or a midwife, is one of the most important parts of a healthy and happy pregnancy.