I totally, completely, ridiculously hate maternity photo shoots. I understand the exhilaration that comes along with all sorts of firsts in our lives, which is probably why so many couples do these kinds of shoots. But what about your future children? Are you going to do a photo shoot for each subsequent pregnant belly? Probably not. I'm all for family photos, but the majority of your friends and family do not want to see your man kissing your bare, 8 month pregnant, belly. I've even seen nude ones done. That's traumatizing.
Please don't misunderstand, I'm not talking about the pictures you take from the side to chart your progress, those are darling. AND, again, this is only my opinion on my blog. It's cool to disagree, in fact - it's healthy :)