DON'T MAKE IT AWKWARD
The thought of taking maternity pictures can sometimes cause worry for the new photographer. It can be a bit overwhelming and a lot of people tend to stay away from it all together. But what should you do when you are asked to shoot a maternity session? The answer is simple. Do it. This type of photography can produce some of the best photos in your portfolio.
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Maternity photo sessions are what you make of them. You can go for the more traditional, serious type, or the fun "lovey-dovey" photos you see a lot of modern and new age photographers doing these days. Either way won't steer you wrong.
Check out these 7 maternity photography tips and give it a shot. If you have any tips or photos you would like to share please do so in the comment section below.
1. Take It Outside
It seems most maternity sessions are done is studio. Take your mommy-to-be and try shooting a few shots outside. There is something about maternity photos taken outside that really catch my attention. What better way to bring new life into a new world by placing her in the beauty of the outdoors.
2. At Home
This might be the best place to take maternity photos for this reason ─ she's comfortable. As a photographer you need to do whatever you can to make your subjects feel comfortable wherever your shooting. This is a huge part of my success as a photographer.
Shooting at your mommy-to-be's home is a great way to capture what life is like at the time when the new one came along. My favorite image for shooting at home is the hand on her tummy next the window photo.
3. Make It Simple
Pregnancy doesn't require anything to be present in a photo to tell it's story. Pay attention to the background and try to use natural settings. This will give you the best photos and the ones they will really cherish.
4. Make Her Feel Beautiful
Ask any pregnant woman ─ they don't generally feel very sexy when they're pregnant. A good way to help your mommy-to-be feel beautiful is by saying appropriate things like "that's beautiful or "that's just lovely". "That bump looks good on you, girl." whatever works! Just be careful what you say and be genuine. If you can help her feel pretty she will look a whole lot better in the photos. It's that simple.
5. Don't Forget Relationships
I always try to include photos that highlight the relationship between mom and dad. You can also include any siblings and offer small children ice cream in exchange for a picture. This works all the time!
6. Or The Dog For That Matter
Often a newborn will come into this world to an established family. This includes any pets the family may have. Work this into the last few photos so the animals are not to worked up during the rest of the photo session (I once had a bad experience). A lot of times pets are just as much part of the family as anyone else.
7. Be Creative
There are many photos of pregnant women. There are even more photos of the same poses. While you SHOULD include these poses into your session you should also find a creative side. Find some props laying around the house like a chalk board and have mom and dad write on it. Make their pregnancy feel marvelous and special as it should be.