As you know your body goes through many changes during this special time. Most notably your tummy grows. If your new arrival already has older siblings this is a great time of excitement for them in the expectation of a new brother or sister. Before you know it, you’ll be able to feel your baby moving around. The father-to-be will enjoy feeling your tummy and your baby kicking around as everyone’s anticipation rises.
This is a totally unique moment in your life. Your beauty takes on a completely new dimension. And you will positively glow.
What better way to remember this time than with pregnancy photography?
Not just a perfect time for you but also for the father-to-be. And any older brothers and or sisters to book a portrait photographer who also does maternity.
Here are five tips to help you get the best from your maternity photography
When should you book your maternity photography?
The best time to schedule your maternity photo session is when your belly is large. But not so big that you may not make your photo shoot!
Therefore the best time is around 7 to 8 months. Your belly will already be large and beautifully round. It’s best to avoid the ninth month if at all possible in case the baby decides to make an early appearance.
If this is your first baby, you may be more comfortable having your in the eighth month. However if you’ve already had a child the seventh month will be fine. In either event, you should book your session well in advance to avoid disappointment in not getting your photographer of choice.
You’re also more likely to feel better in yourself before the ninth month due to hormonal changes towards the end of pregnancy.
Now you have your photo session booked you need to consider where you’d like to be photographed.
The studio is an excellent choice for complete control over the environment, such as background and lighting. If you don’t have suitable space at home or wish to have fine art nude portraits, the studio is a great choice.
On the other hand the home environment can be wonderful for a homely warmth. Perhaps in your bedroom or living room with natural light pouring through a large window. The key to success is to clear any clutter and create a romantic atmosphere.
The great outdoors is your other option if you are comfortable posing in public places or know a quiet location with privacy. The biggest threat will be the weather, so you should have a back-up plan to either go to your home or the studio in the event of bad weather. Of course time of year is also another factor.
There is something special about having a human life growing inside your womb that redefines how you perceive your body. It is essential that you feel comfortable with your photographer. And that he/she is sensitive to your feelings about exposing certain body parts. It is always a good idea to discuss your intended level of exposure with your photographer in advance to help avoid embarrassment.
You may have concerns about stretch marks – perhaps from a previous pregnancy. Your photographer will understand these concerns and be able to help hide marks through lighting and posing. Most photographers these days will be able to retouch your images to remove such blemishes. Discuss any such concerns with your photographer as part of your selection process. You don’t want to find out on the day of your photo session that your photographer cannot produce the imagery that you desire.
Be prepared for pauses during your session for changes of location, scenery or lighting. Bring a robe or a shirt from the father-to-be so you can cover yourself if you wish to have more revealing imagery. This will help you feel more comfortable.
Your photographer will know how to light you to attract focus to your best features in the final images. In your case, this will be your bump!
In most portraiture attention is focussed on the subject’s face and in particular the eyes and mouth. And lighting patterns are created to show your features in the most favourable light.
Maternity photography is different. Your belly will be the primary focus in many shots not just the pregnant woman. Your photographer will take photographs from different angles to create different perspectives of your tummy to give it a rounder appearance and perhaps appear larger to draw the viewer’s attention.
Feeling beautiful is the key to the success of your maternity photo shoot.
You are doing something amazing – growing a new life in your tummy. Very soon you’ll be holding your new baby in your arms!
A photo session can be a daunting prospect especially if you are revealing more than ever before or in a public location. Your photographer will help reassure you that you look beautiful. And if the father-to-be is also there, he will also offer you lots of encouragement.
If however you still feel a little anxious a great tip is to close your eyes and put your hands on your belly. Feel your baby and think about your baby. Before you know it, you’ll smile and the twinkle will return to your eyes and you connect with your baby. This is the moment that your photographer will capture the perfect shot of you and you unborn child.
And finally as a bonus tip. Don’t forget to book your photo session for your new born baby within a few weeks of birth.