Jacksonville Outdoor Garden | Cummer Museum | Maternity Photoshoot

Emily and Mike’s Maternity Photoshoot at
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Most people want their maternity photos taken outdoors in the spring because the weather is so perfect in Jacksonville. Nothing beats good weather and a spectacular sunset for a maternity session. It is basically a photographer’s dream! The Cummer Museum Gardens is a hidden gem in Jacksonville, and I want to show you more of its beauty during golden hour.

Keep scrolling to learn more about taking maternity photos at The Cummer Museum and take a peek at my clients, Emily & Mike’s, romantic photo session in The Cummer Gardens!

A few notes about the Cummer Museum

This outdoor garden is in the heart of downtown Jacksonville along the St. Johns River. If you watch closet at the river, you might see a dolphin or two pop out. The Cummer Museum of Arts & Garden is indoor and outdoor; you can find over 5,000 pieces of art. There is a general admission fee, and they do not require a photographer fee. The only rule for the outside garden is not props or big flashes. Photographing in the museum is prohibited. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Couple cuddled up hold pregnant belly

Maternity Photos at the Cummer Museum Gardens

Emily and Mike were expecting their first baby boy, and when they described the vibe they wanted for their photos, I knew the Cummer Museum Garden would be perfect for their maternity session. I help the couple coordinate outfits to get the garden look. Emily wanted to wear something more fitted to show off her baby bump. Working with Emily and Mike was a breeze because they were easy to pose, and they had such an incredible connection with each other.

Husband and wife holding hands in the middle of a garden in jacksonville
Fierce couple posing in the arch way of a garden for maternity session
Expecting mother looking away in the arch way of ggarden in Jacksonville

Best Spots in the Cummer Museum Garden for Photos

I’ll be honest, anywhere is picture perfect in the gardens! The Cummer Museum does a great job of maintaining the grounds, so it’s hard not to get a beautiful background from all angles. But I do have my favorite spots!

Some of my favorite spots for maternity sessions in The Cummer Gardens:

  • Black Iron Gates
  • Grass Wall Arch Way
  • Rose Garden 
  • Canopy Live Oak Tree
  • Walkway along the Riverfront 
  • Grand Fountain
Husband hugging around wife pregnant belly
Expecting momma holding a belly for maternity photos

I try to schedule all my maternity sessions during golden hour at the gardens, and you can see why. Look how amazing Emily and Mike’s photos came out! The sunset gives a romantic glow that makes mom and dad pop on camera. I can’t get enough of these two!

Looking for a Maternity Photographer in Jacksonville?

Whether you’re dreaming of the garden or anywhere else in Jacksonville, I would love to chat about what you are dreaming up for your maternity session. I specialize in maternity photography and offer a full photoshoot experience for my clients. My team and I take care of all the details, from a pre-shoot style and planning session, professional hair and makeup included, and a trip to my client wardrobe closet. We even come straight to your home to professionally hang your favorite photos for you. If you want a pampering spa-like maternity session experience, click here for more information.


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