Should I have professional maternity portraits done?

I am sure a lot of people wonder if it worth the time and money to hire a professional for maternity portraits. As a professional maternity photographer, I am obviously biased, but I did want to post two photos from my maternity portrait guide.

The first is a standard snapshot, taken with the on-camera flash and little consideration to composition the way many belly pictures are taken.. The second photo was taken a few minutes later in exactly the same spot, same make-up and hair, but with careful lighting, pose, set-up and direction.

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