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By Ellen Wagner Photo, an Auburn, Alabama, motherhood and family photographer. 

Auburn Arboretum Maternity Session

The Auburn Arboretum is my ‘can’t go wrong’ spot for photos.

This 13.5-acre botanical garden is located right on Auburn University’s campus, across from the President’s mansion. There are walking trails, beautiful water features, and so so many gorgeous plants and trees native to the Southeast. My favorite is the Founder’s Oak, a breathtaking post oak planted in 1850 – five years before what is now known as Auburn University was founded! My family loves to visit the Auburn Arboretum for an easy walk on the trails, feeding the turtles, and admiring the plants.

The Arboretum is a delightful spot for sessions of all kinds, and I was thrilled to meet this couple for a morning maternity session.

Are you new here? Hey there! I’m Ellen Wagner, a motherhood and family photographer in Auburn, Alabama. I create joyful, organic images of young families so you can see the beauty in the stage of life you’re in. You can find out more about my sessions here!

Who Should Come to a Maternity Session?

Some expecting mamas ask if it is okay for their partner to join the maternity session. My answer is, ABSOLUTELY!

All immediate family members are welcome to attend and join in on your maternity session. The arrival of your little one is an exciting and special experience for your entire family, so I would love for everyone to get involved. It is such a treasure to be able to savor the last few months of pregnancy, and have beautiful documentation of the joy you’re feeling ahead of your little one’s arrival.

Here are a few of my favorite images from this sweet session.

On the Fence?

Are you nearing your due date and trying to decide if you should have maternity photos done?

I didn’t have professional photos taken during either of my pregnancies. I can tell you it is something I really regret not investing in.

The ideal window to book your session is between 28 and 32 weeks. I promise you will not regret it!

Are you local to central Alabama? I would love to photograph your family!

I love talking with other family and motherhood photographers about how to best serve my clients. Jasmyn is a Mesa newborn photographer and shared this week about how she includes older siblings in her newborn sessions. Go give her blog post a read and check out her beautiful work!

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  1. I just love the location and the couple’s heartfelt laugh. Truly looks like a “can’t go wrong “ place to be.

    • Ellen says:

      gosh, they were so sweet. Every time she glanced at him, you could feel the love radiating off of them. It is so special to witness that kind of love!

  2. Samantha says:

    Beautiful work, Ellen! I love the blue and white outfits against the green of the arboretum. What a perfect location for maternity photos.

  3. Miriam Wahl says:

    oh, I love botanical gardens and paired with a stunning maternity session it looks so great. How did you get those laughters out of them? Give me all the tricks 😉

    • Ellen says:

      The giggles and laughter were all their own! They described themselves as silly on my client questionnaire, and it was so true, but in the sweetest way. Every time they glanced at each other, their faces lit up with love and joy. It truly is so special to witness such a loving, happy relationship!

  4. Becky Furry says:

    What a beautiful location for sessions! And such a sweet couple.

  5. Kate says:

    Everything about this session is perfect! The colors of their outfits, the joy in their faces, and the gorgeous location – what a beautiful way to document this exciting time in their lives!

  6. julianna says:

    Love the colors in this session! I regret not having maternity photos done with my first as well!

  7. What a beautiful location! I love how styled the couple look compared with the scenery of the Arboretum. Beautiful work!

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