When is the best time to book your maternity photo session

When is the best time to book your maternity photo session

Your pregancy is such a special and life-changing time of your life. It is amzing how your body is perfectly designed to change to support your growing baby. Everyday there is a new change and experience …… some wonderful and others not so great.

It all passes by so quickly, it no time at all you will be holding your little baby. That is why having professional maternity photographs taken is such a wonderful thing to do – documenting this magical time forever, so that you can look back and remember how amazing it was to carry your baby.

When you are planning a maternity photoshoot, you may have many questions. From to wear to the best time in your pregnancy to have the photographs taken.

when is the best time to book your maternity photos

How Far Along In Your Pregnancy Should You Be For Maternity Pictures?

You will find thar every photographer has their own preference about when they take maternity photographs during your pregnancy.

The window for a pregnancy photoshoot falls between months 7 and 8 of pregnancy. Having your maternity session at this time will usually result in the most flattering photographs as your bump is nice and round at this stage, but not so heavy that you feel overly tired and uncomfortable.

It also means that you have the photographs taken well before your baby reaches full term at 37 weeks.

After all, you can’t go back and take the photographs once your baby arrives.


Edinburgh Maternity photography images photoshoot ideas.

What happens if I am having twins  or triplets,

or am due to have my baby early.

Are the rules of maternity photos different?

Every pregnancy is different, and you may be in a situation where your doctor has discussed the possibility of you having an early delivery.

In  this case please don’t worry. The 30 to 36 week guideline is only that and not a rule.

It is important to let me know if this is the case. You may need to come in at the start of the window. We will discuss the kinds of photographs we can take earlier in your pregnancy.

When to Book your Maternity Photo Shoot


I recommend that my clients book their maternity photo shoot as soon as they have had their 12 or 20 week scan. Since there is little flexibility over when you can have the shoot this gives you the best chance of securing the most convenient time and date for you. This gives us plenty of time to plan your shoot that is tailored to you.

Edinburgh Maternity photography images photoshoot ideas.

Pregnancy flies by really quickly. Between appointments, baby shopping, choosing your baby’s name and researching your birth options, it is really easy to let your maternity shoot slip your mind. I hope this information helps and gives you a better idea of the timings involved so that you can plan your shoot in time.



Your can find out more about booking a maternity shoot with me here:

Autumn Baby Photography

Autumn Baby Photography

Autumn Baby Shoots are here

and we are loving it!

This special season is a wonderful time to capture some beautiful images of your baby. Unquestionably, Autumn is my favourite season of the year. The sun glowing through the autumn leaves is breathtaking. We are so fortunate to experience this gorgeous time of year with our families and friends.

At this time of year, I love to capture amazing images of babies, families and children enjoying the fresh air. Besides the abundance of fallen leaves providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some fun and candid images, sometimes I bring the leaves into the studio to create precious and eye-catching images for your photographs. A beautiful blend of Woollen sweaters and natural beauty for your photographs.

Last but not least, children love to play in nature playing and having fun. It is worth every second stepping into nature and enjoying the beauty.

This is an adorable collaboration images I have captured over time during this special season. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

baby photoshoot edinburgh Nicky Mclean Photography
newborn photoshoot edinburgh Nicky Mclean Photography
sitter baby photography baby photoshoot
baby walking through leaves baby photoshoot

Fun things to do with your family

celebrating Autumn in Edinburgh, Scotland.


1. First and foremost, Princes Street Gardens is phenomenal at this time of year.  Enjoy a splendid picnic with your children in the park. In addition, you will find the Floral Clock ticking away, the historical Scott Monument and the Gardeners Cottage. Without a doubt this is a great place to capture special photo memories of your children relaxed and happy.

2. Secondly, visit the Ivy Autumn Display. The Ivy is a snazzy restarant located in St Andrews Square and they go crazy with seasonal decor. Expect bigger and grander than ever. Insta-worthy fun photos with the whole family.

3. Breathtaking and Iconic Ivy turning from green to deep red can be found near the Dean Bridge which takes over the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.

4. Visit the incredible Marshmallow Lady! This famous destination is very popular for monster marshmallows and include complete enjoyment! Especially the gourmet marshmallows the size of the palm of your hand. Imagine a photo with a Supersize marshmallow!

5. You cannot even go on to winter without visiting Craigie’s Farm without going apple picking and pumpkin shopping in their gorgeous fields and fresh air. This is a winner everytime with the children and you will definitely have great photo opportunities here.


baby photographer edinburgh Nicky Mclean Photography captures newborn babies, maternity photoshoot, cake smash photoshoots

baby boy in baby shoot baby photographer
baby in wagon baby photoshoot
newborn photoshoot edinburgh baby photoshoot
little boy running photoshoot

Keeping your children entertained in the October holidays

can be quite a challenge especially when the weather is chilly and windy.

Nonetheless, there are great ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.

Check out our pinterest board for some cool ideas:




Autumn Baby Shoots ar wonderful shoots


newborn baby photoshoot Edinburgh
newborn baby photoshoot
baby photoshoot Edinburgh Nicky Mclean Photography
mum with daughter baby photoshoot
mum with daughter baby photoshoot

Would you like to book a photoshoot?

Fill in the form below and get in touch!

I always respond within 24 hours. If you have not heard from me, alternatively please contact me on 07909876534 or email me at nicky@nickymclean.com

Book your baby photoshoot here

Jaxxon Baby Photoshoot

Jaxxon Baby Photoshoot

Jaxxon Baby Photoshoot

baby photoshoot Jaxxon baby bath fruit bath

All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Older Newborn Photo session

Older Newborn Photo session


Newborn Photographer Edinburgh, Scotland

My older newborn sessions captures your baby’s 1st few weeks which with a set of beautiful images of your beautiful baby and family potraits. 

The early days of having a baby can be a whirlwind so I keep things as simple and relaxed as possible so you can enjoy this amazing experience. I will make sure you are are prepared and enjoy your shoot and afterwards you will have beautiful images to enjoy.

Newborn baby in these images was 2 months old.

He slept half of the session and the other half we captured gorgeous awake images and family images.

older newborn photography Edinburgh
2 month old baby boy newborn photography. Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Nicky Mclean Photography
older newborn photoshoot Nicky Mclean Photography


newborn baby boy

Older Session fee is £450

This fee includes:

* preparation emails and telephone calls to help you feel relaxed and prepared for your photo shoot

* 2 to 3 hour older newborn session at my studio, including family and sibling portraits.

* professional editing and retouching of the photographs from your session

* a private viewing gallery where you can see your beautiful photographs

* Your Full Gallery (Minimum of 25 Images) in Colour and Black and White

The session fee does not include prints or products; these can be purchased afterwards once you’ve seen the photographs.

A £100 Deposit is required to book your session.

Balance of session is due on the day of your older newborn session.

Rainbow Smiles

Rainbow Smiles

Rainbow Smiles Children's Charity
Rainbow Smiles Children's Charity

Rainbow Smiles


“Children may not remember all the hard work and support that was required to raise them properly but they will always reflect on how happy they were while growing up. Children deserve to grow up knowing they were worth it and that they mattered enough for people to care.”

Nicky Mclean

Nicky Mclean Photography is more than just capturing a pretty picture. We are very aware on how important it is to capture the best memories for our wonderful clients and their families.

On the other hand, we are also very aware of the dismal reality of children in this world who do not have a happy time growing up. We thrive on sharing part of our success with the amazing charity organisations that are committed to improving the lives of children and their families in our community. We are always looking for effective ways to be part of the bigger picture; being part of the solution.

Raising Smiles

Raising Smiles is a charity that has been setup to provide smiles and happiness to children that are in hospital or hospices throughout the UK.


Phone: 0800 772 0824  /  Email: happy@raising-smiles.org

Registered Charity: United Kingdom Charity No. 1180029