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Maternity & Newborn Photos: How Do I View Them

Viewing your maternity and newborn photos after your photography session is an exciting moment filled with love and joy. As a professional photographers, my favorite part of the process is seeing the reaction of parents as they see their portraits for the first time. Also known as the “reveal session”, this is when you get to see the beautifully captured moments that will be timeless keepsakes for your family.

In this article, we will discuss when you can expect to view your photos, how the reveal session works, and tips on displaying your photos in your home. Get ready to fall in love with your precious memories all over again!

When Can I Expect to View My Photos?

The turnaround time for viewing your maternity and newborn photos is fairly quick. Within the first five to seven days after the session, you can expect to receive your first look at the enhanced portraits. This gives me enough time to carefully edit and enhance each photo, ensuring that they are a true representation of the love and joy captured in them. Be reminded that these photos are what I call “soft proofs” – these photos are NOT 100% retouched, but they are edited enough that are aligned with style and will give you an impression of what you will see in the final-edited photos; color tones will be fully adjusted but you will probably see skin blemishes and background imperfections in them.

Once these photos are ready, I will contact you to schedule a reveal session. This usually takes place in my studio, but if you prefer a different location or are unable to make it in person, we can arrange for a virtual reveal session using web conferencing apps like Zoom. The choice is yours!

Can I See My Photos Sooner?

Some clients may be eager to see their photos sooner, and I completely understand the excitement! If you fall into this category, there is an option for you to view your photos the same day as your session.

After our session, I will send you off to enjoy a nice lunch at one of my recommended nearby restaurants such as Firehouse subs or Pho Viet 1. There are plenty of other choices with a 5-minute drive if subs and pho are not your thing. Once you are finished, we can reconvene at my studio where I will have your photos ready for viewing. Alternatively, you can also order takeout (such as Chick-Fil-A) and enjoy it in the comfort of my living room while we go through your photos together.

So this way, you don’t have to wait for a second appointment and can see your photos right after the session. Keep in mind that this option is only available upon request and must be mentioned before the session so I can properly prepare.


How Does the Reveal Session Work?

During the reveal session, you will get to see your photos for the first time in a beautiful slide-show presentation. I love creating this special moment and seeing the reactions of parents as they relive the love and joy captured in their portraits.

After viewing your photos, we will discuss which ones are your favorites and plan for the wall art pieces that you want to display in your house. You will have the opportunity to order a variety of prints and products from my studio, making it a one-stop-shop for all your photography needs.

Also, my specialized software allows me to show you exactly how your photos will look in your home. My software allows for easy visualization and customization, ensuring that your portraits fit seamlessly into your home decor. Displaying your maternity and newborn photos in your home is a wonderful way to showcase the love and happiness of your growing family.

High-traffic areas such as the living room or bedroom are perfect spots for displaying these beautiful works of art. Prior to the reveal session, I will remind you to send me a cell phone picture of these areas so that they can be imported into my specialized software.

We can even add frames or create gallery walls to help you envision the final design that you can see using my software. With the option to add frames or create a gallery wall, you can see your photos in a unique and personalized way. This personalized process takes the guesswork out of displaying your photos and ensures that they complement your home interior. The final retouched digitals will be ready about two weeks after the reveal session.

Contact Light & Grace Photography

Thank you for considering Light & Grace Photography for your maternity and newborn portraits. I am honored to be a part of this special time in your life and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

I offer a variety of packages and products to suit every family’s needs. Whether you prefer traditional prints or digital copies, I have options for everyone. Plus, with my personalized reveal session and design services, you can confidently display your photos in your home.

My clients come from all over Virginia including Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Don’t hesitate to contact me at (757) 797-5855 or to schedule your session and start creating beautiful memories together!

So let’s connect and capture the love and joy of your growing family today. I can’t wait to work with you! Remember, the best time to capture these precious moments is now.



How soon after my maternity photography and newborn photo session can I view the photos?

You will see the “soft proofs” about 5-7 days after the photoshoot session. But you could ask for a same-day reveal ahead of time if you’re interested in seeing them sooner!

Can I incorporate the maternity photos and newborn photos into my home’s interior design?

Absolutely! My specialized software will create mockups and help you envision how these stunning maternity and newborn baby photos will show in your own home.

How can I view my maternity and newborn photos after the photo sessions are complete?

Once your maternity and newborn photo sessions have concluded, me as your newborn and family photographer will prepare the soft-proofs so that you can view and decided what to order. Once your reveal session/ordering appointment is done, I will fully edit and then upload them into a private online photo gallery. This digital platform allows you to conveniently view and enjoy your favorite images that beautifully capture these significant life events. You can also share this gallery with family members, allowing them to witness these candid moments. Once you are satisfied with the digital images, I will order the prints and products with your go-ahead.

A gallery wrapped canvas is a form of wall art where your chosen photo is printed onto a canvas and then stretched over a sturdy wooden frame. It’s one of my clients’ absolute favorite! This method of printing offers a three-dimensional, frameless display of your cherished images. It’s a fantastic way to showcase the memorable moments from your maternity session or newborn photo shoot, transforming them into a timeless piece of decor that captures a meaningful phase of your life.


In conclusion, capturing your maternity and newborn photos is more than just taking pictures – it’s about creating lasting memories that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime. From scheduling your session to displaying your photos in your own home, I am here to guide you every step of the way.

So don’t wait any longer, book your session with Light & Grace Photography today and let’s create beautiful memories together! Keep in mind that the best time to capture these precious moments is now, so don’t delay. I can’t wait to meet you and your growing family! Thank you for choosing Light & Grace Photography for all of your maternity and newborn photography needs.

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