Orange County maternity photographer lifestyle family photography

If you are like me, by the time you are nine months pregnant the last thing you want to do is get dollied up and in front of a camera for a maternity photographer.  In our hearts, we understand how special this moment in our life is and we know that we will cherish the images but physically we feel huge and swollen, we likely have cankles, nothing that fits (especially shoes) and dark circles under our eyes. Our hormones have us by the throat and we just want this baby out already!  When we are spending money to hire an Orange County maternity photographer, we want to do so when we are at our best and nine months pregnant is not our idea of our best look.

But here’s the thing, maternity photographs are about the belly and the baby that is growing in there.  Your bump is SUPPOSED to be big, huge in fact relative to the rest of your body, the bigger the better for purposes of pictures.

When Lauren contacted me about booking photos with an Orange County maternity photographer, she was reluctant.  She had taken some when she was pregnant with her first two babies and felt obligated to do them for baby number 3 as well.  But she wasn’t feeling at her best, was exhausted by chasing around her two kiddos while dealing with a less than perfect or easy pregnancy and was overwhelmed by the thought of planning a photo shoot.

The biggest hurdle was with what to wear.  Lauren didn’t feel like she had anything that would work and didn’t have the time or inclination to go shopping for something just for a single photo session.  Well, did you know that I have a client closet with a selection of maternity gowns that my clients may use for their maternity session?  She didn’t either until I offered it to her and sent her some pictures of a couple of options that I felt would work well for a casual family maternity photography session.  You can find additional information about maternity gowns and the client closet of this Orange County maternity photographer here.

The dress she selected from my client closet worked perfectly and my hat featured in the fall session styling article I wrote made an appearance too.  Lauren chose my best kept secret North Orange County location for the photo shoot and we timed it perfectly for some beautiful yummy light.  The afternoon was casual and low key and we let the girls play and have fun resulting in some fantastic lifestyle maternity images.

The session was easier than Lauren had anticipated and the images captured during this special time are priceless.  She was so glad that she overcame the initial hesitations and documented her pregnancy by using an Orange County maternity photographer.  Here are a selection of images from this lifestyle family maternity photo session:

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lifestyle family maternity photography orange county

mother with two daughters pregnancy photograph

artistic pregnancy image using ultrasound photo orange county maternity photographer

husband and wife holding baby belly orange county maternity photographer

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mother with two daughters touching belly maternity portrait orange county

family maternity portrait at golden hour orange county photographer

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mother daughter golden hour portrait

daughter kissing mother orange county lifestyle portraits

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pregnant woman holding daughter on belly maternity potraits orange county

father swinging daughter between legs orange county photographer

father holding daughter in air orange county maternity

father daughter golden hour portrait

family sitting on hill in la habra orange county lifestyle maternity

sisters dancing in field during orange county maternity photography

sisters sitting on log during orange county family maternity photos


So you overcame the hesitations of getting maternity images done in the first place and now you have pictures of your pregnant self sitting on your hard drive and aren’t really sure what to do with them. I recommend putting them into an album. I personally like to include maternity images along with newborn photos in the same album but you could do separate albums if you wanted. In Lauren’s case, Baby Clayton arrived just a week after we took her maternity photos and so we combined the maternity and newborn images into one album. Here’s a peek at the custom designed maternity spreads in the Krake’s handcrafted album.

custom handcrafted maternity album

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Are you looking for an Orange County Maternity Photographer? Aside from a casual family maternity session, I also offer intimate maternity portraits for a totally different experience. The first step in booking your maternity session is to get in touch here.


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K.C. Crow is an award winning and featured lifestyle photographer based in Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the greater Orange County area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. She is passionate about helping parents get images off of their hard drives and into something tangible.  K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the beach cities and greater Orange County areas including Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Sunset Beach, Crystal Cove, San Clemente, Dana Point, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers.  For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Absolutely the best photos! Great job.

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I love the sweet photos of the whole family cuddled up on the blanket! I bet they’re thrilled they chose you as their Orange County Maternity Photographer!

Oh the OC! California how I miss you! (San Diego girl, here) What a lovely family maternity session. The afternoon light is to die for there. How long have you been a photographer in Orange County?

Beautiful and magical! I love everything about this session and light is awesome!

What sweet photos! My favorite is the ultrasound picture in the back of dad’s pocket. You did a lovely job with a beautiful family.

Dang! You are an amazing orange county maternity photographer! I Love how you captured this family in a changing season.

She looks absolutely stunning! You really captured her shine…such an amazing maternity photographer in Orange County. The kids are so adorable!

Orange county is so lucky to have your talent around! This is a sweet and very natural session with so much fun and a beautiful light! I really like your work and how you make your clients feel.

What a beautiful session. The kids look adorable as do the parents. Love your use of light in your photos.

What a beautiful session, I want to see more!!!! You are seriously the best orange county maternity photographer