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Outdoor Maternity Photography at Chiddingstone Castle, Sevenoaks

Posted on 13 Jul, 2021 by Sarah Hart

Documenting Stories

Photographers exist to document lives and stories. When I was contacted by Anna for an outdoor maternity photography session, she shared her story with me. It involved the painful journey of miscarriages and IVF before finally becoming pregnant with the missing piece of their family jigsaw. This baby was their miracle baby. Anna wanted to book a newborn photography session, but understandably, she also wanted to ensure the magic of her pregnancy was documented as well.

A family of three for bump photos stood on bridge

Outdoor maternity photography location

Anna wanted an outdoor maternity photoshoot and wondered whether we could include bluebells. So my original suggestion had been to go some bluebell woodlands in Plaxtol. Anna contacted me when we were still in Lockdown 3 in the pandemic. We tentatively pencilled in a couple of dates guessing when the Bluebells would be out. Unfortunately though, the beautiful blankets of blue were super late to make an appearance this Spring. Hence, we were worried that baby may just appear before we could actually shoot the maternity session! Anna was flexible on a venue but was hoping for some signs of Spring in her maternity images. So my next suggestion was Chiddingstone Castle grounds. Having been before, I knew there were both blossom trees and daffodils. And whilst we missed the best of the blooms, it was a lovely venue for a maternity session.

Soon-to-be big brother Noah and dad, Duncan, were part of the maternity session and we made use of all the lovely little locations at the Chiddingstone Castle grounds. Crossing over the bridge, I’d found another patch of white blossom which made for some lovely Spring images of the family.

Blossom as a backdrop for this lovely family expecting baby number 2

Maternity Photoshoot Gallery

An outdoor maternity photography session always involves a little walk around the location to hunt out those perfect little spots. Noah was only 4 and keen to be in every photo. To ensure he didn’t feel left out when I photographed mum and dad as a couple, I had a few tricks up my sleeve. We played games involving running, and being my assistant “boo-ing” mum and dad laugh to “make them smile.” The result is a beautiful gallery of maternity images to document their growing family. It also reflects the special unit they were as a family of three before little baby brother made his appearance.

Outdoor maternity photography at Chiddingstone Castle Sevenoaks
Beautiful outdoor maternity photography for family expecting baby number 2

Book a maternity photoshoot

If you would like to book an outdoor maternity photography session (or even a studio maternity session) drop me a line. My email: You can view more of my work and see Maternity photoshoot pricing on my Maternity Photography page.

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