People’s interest in maternity photography has really extended over the past couple of years. Maternity photography is a fast growing market for professional photographers, but documenting a woman’s b-o-d-y can be challenging. However with a little sensitivity & planning your shoots carefully, your maternity photography can give expectant mothers not only pregnancy photos they will cherish forever, but an experience they’ll never forget – and hopefully recommend to others! Below are some tips for maternity photography.
Tips for Maternity Photography
1. The Great Outdoors
One of the greatest ideas to implement a perfect maternity shoot is to take it outside rather than studios. In order to make the photo shoot a bit more real and live, a heart pleasing outdoor set is the most suitable one. Try to avoid studio shoots, and bring it out live.
The Great Outdoors
2. Get creative with your camera angle
Getting up high and shooting down on your subject is a sure fire way to create a slimming portrait. It creates the illusion of elongating the body and thus it has a wonderful slimming effect (pregnant or not, I might add).
Get creative with your camera angle
3. Angle your subject
If you turn your subject, even ever-so-slightly, you’ll notice that the angle is much more flattering. Likewise, watch the below picture, a slight movement made by the lady just made the picture look more fascinating. The best part is the belly, which every other woman loves to see during her maternity stage.
Angle Your Subject
No matter where you shoot, studio, home, outside, 7Eleven, you’ve got to simplify your surroundings. The beauty of a mother anticipating the arrival of her child should be captured in a way that allows the miracle to speak for itself. Pregnancy doesn’t require anything “else” to be present in a photograph to help tell it’s story. Everything in the frame that may not belong will simply serve to distract from the story that’s already being told, naturally. Pay attention to background.
5. Distract with Dad
Adding Daddy to the equation makes the images more about relationship and emotion than they are about Mom’s body. Looking at these photos, you find yourself completely immersed in the love and JOY of this couple. . . and oh, she just happens to be pregnant. These are the kinds of maternity photos that I really resonate with. They’re alive, joyous and REAL. They are more about capturing memories of a special time in a family’s life than they are about highlighting a state of the body.
Distract with Dad
Distract with Dad