I’m sure everyone understands that the concept of taking maternity photos is to show off your baby bump. As opposed to looking like you’ve just gained a few pounds which, as you know, could easily be between 20 – 50. They’re slightly trickier than regular portraits, so hiring a professional photographer will ensure you’re shot from a flattering angle that features the good and diminishes the “not so.”
I recently photographed Nikki, Eddie, and soon-to-be-born baby Nora. I did both their engagement and wedding (seems like yesterday!) so this was super-exciting. As I viewed the photos, I had an opportunity to re-live some memorable maternity shots from the past.
It all starts with you loving your pregnant body. Your baby is dancing inside your belly. Enjoy it! And the way you look.
Here are a few things I’ve learned:
1. Optimum timing
You want to be big…but not TOO big. That would be right around 30 – 32 weeks. Your belly should be nice and round, but you’ll be feeling better than in month 9. Trust me on that.
I personally prefer doing the session outdoors, If you’re comfortable with that. It’s hard to ensure complete privacy, but we can always find a quiet corner of the beach, park, or wilderness area. The privacy or your home would also work, but natural light is definitely better. That generally means outside.
Tight, stretch clothes will show off your tummy. Maternity clothes are generally for comfort, not necessarily to accentuate your pregnant look. Much better to get some solid color tank tops. Or, ditch the tops entirely. I always bring some beautiful fabric and we can wrap it in many different ways.
Definitely get hubby involved in some shots. And other children if you have them. It’s a family affair!