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Best Maternity Photographers in Columbia, SC

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Columbia, SC 29229 Rating

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5.0 (58)
4.8 (41)

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Studio Two One Two Photography is an award-winning photography studio serving South Carolina and North Carolina since 2005. Owner and photographer Patty Hallman specializes in wedding, engagement, portrait, equine, and fine art photography. She is an international award-winning Master Photographer and a certified professional photographer. Patty is known for her ability to stay calm under pressure, her attention to detail, and for capturing honest moments that tell a beautiful story. The studio uses only the best equipment which includes a Canon 5D Mark III and the L Series Canon lenses. Patty and her team have shot over 250 weddings since opening the business. Wedding proofs are typically available one month following the ceremony, and the studio offers a detailed bridal guide that clients can download via the website. Patty has won both the Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award three times, and The Knot inducted the studio to their Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Lexington, SC 29071 Rating

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5.0 (6)

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Charlotte Ashley Photography is a self-taught professional photographer serving Lexington and the surrounding areas since 2008. Charlotte documents life as it happens, and she aims to capture her clients' personality whether they are laughing, blushing, or overjoyed and teary-eyed. Charlotte specializes in newborn, maternity, and high school senior portrait photography. Newborn photography includes studio, lifestyle, or outdoors. The studio offers an online gallery that allows for the immediate download of purchased digital files, and high-quality printing options are also available. For a nominal fee, Charlotte will schedule Saturday shoots, and she is happy to travel outside of the Lexington area. Previous clients appreciate Charlotte's bubbly personality and her original compositions, and they also note that her rates are very reasonable. Charlotte is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, is a member of Professional Photographers of SC, and is a Professional Photographers of America Certified Portrait Photographer.

Columbia, SC 29212 Rating

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5.0 (60)
4.5 (10)

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Leigh Essig Photography is a Columbia-based photography studio. Owner and photographer Leigh Essig specializes in newborn photography, but she also snaps pictures of children, families, mothers-to-be, and high school seniors. Leigh uses a neutral color palette to highlight the newborn's tiny features, and she works to capture the pure beauty of the baby effortlessly. Portraits are shot on location or in the studio, and clients can receive email updates about the latest happenings of the studio. The studio also offers a series of 30-minute mini sessions that include 20 of the client's favorite images, instant digital download with print release, and 20% off the first print order. Leigh has a five-star rating on Facebook, and clients rave about her beautiful photography.

Winnsboro, SC 29180 Rating

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5.0 (2)

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Destiny Wenzel Photography is a natural light photographer serving Winnsboro since 2009 that specializes in family, child, senior, maternity and engagement photography. Owner and photographer Destiny Wenzel's sessions are mostly spontaneous with limited direction and posing. Destiny is willing to do almost anything to snap the perfect photo including climbing a tree. Before the shoot, clients fill out a portrait session agreement form so Destiny can gather more information, and she is happy to suggest locations for the ideal photo shoot. With client permission, Destiny will post a sneak peek of photos on her blog and Facebook page within in two weeks of the shoot. After editing, all photos are available in a private online gallery where clients can view images and order prints. The gallery is live for 60 days, and Destiny will mail a CD to the customer that includes all the pictures. Clients report that they are in awe of how Destiny captures the most precious moments, and they appreciate the quality and affordability that Destiny Wenzel Photography offers.

Compare our Top Maternity Photographers

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Studio Two One Two Photography
Charlotte Ashley Photography
Leigh Essig Photography
Destiny Wenzel Photography


  • Introduction

    Maternity photographers work with pregnant women to capture images during the peak of their pregnancies. Photographs are typically taken in the third trimester when the subject's belly is round. In some cases, photographers may offer mothers and families the option to purchase maternity photos in a package with newborn photos, once their baby is born.

    Because every photographer's style is different, mothers-to-be have options when it comes to how they want their maternity photos to look. While some photos have an artful quality, others may be taken in a studio for a more traditional feel. Learn more about maternity photography by reading the frequently asked questions listed below.
  • What is maternity photography?

    Maternity photography is series a of photographs taken of soon-to-be mothers later in their pregnancies. These photos may be of just the mother, or they may include the father and other children. Often, maternity photos are whimsical and artistic, as they're meant to capture the beauty of pregnancy.

  • What to wear to a maternity photoshoot?

    What you wear for maternity photos depends on the style of the photographs being taken. Mothers who want to show their bare belly for maternity photos may want to opt for a basic crop top or sports bra with comfortable pants on the bottom. Those who prefer to stay covered up might want to consider an elegant gown.

  • What are good poses for a maternity photoshoot?

    Often, women will pose with their hands, or the father's hands, placed on their growing belly in maternity photos. Photos might be taken from the side to show a profile of the mother's shape or straight on to capture the joy on the subject's face.

  • How much does maternity photography cost?

    According to Fash, portrait photographers, including maternity photographers, typically charge between $100 and $250 per hour when photographing subjects. That cost normally equates to anywhere from $25 to $100 per edited image. On average, a photoshoot takes one full hour, whether indoors or outdoors.

  • How to get a photography contract with a maternity hospital?

    As a photographer, you need to have experience and proper training to work in a hospital setting. Most hospital photographers have some training in medical terminology as well as experience and training in how to safely work with new mothers and babies.