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7   Maternity Photography Tips

Here’s 7 tips toward creative maternity photography:

 

1.  The Great Outdoors:

So many maternity sessions are done in studio.  I understand the reasons behind  this.  I’ve been pregnant.  3 times over.  I’m not the petite and pretty  pregnant.  I’m the gal you find wedged between the double doors at The Sizzler.   Studio shoots are great because there’s privacy.  I can’t argue with that.   Particularly if you’re going to do anything in less than a fully clothed state  (that’s my PC way of saying naked). But there’s something about being outside.   Taking that natural beauty of a woman who’s ready to bring new life into the  world and placing her in the majesty of the great outdoors is simply  breathtaking.

2.  At Home:

When you shoot a mommy-to-be in her own home she’s comfortable to let go in a  way that she may not be otherwise.  This is a fantastic reason to hold maternity  sessions at home.  This is not however why I do it. As a photographer I feel  like it’s my responsibility to help my subjects feel comfortable and capable of  giving me their best, no matter where we’re shooting.  I pride myself on my  ability to do this.  To me, it’s a HUGE part of my success as a photographer (Uh  oh.  I feel a post in this regard coming on… check back soon).  I shoot  maternity sessions at home primarily because it’s wonderful for a couple to have  a capture that truly shows what their life was like at the time their baby came  to be a part of their family.  I’m a second generation photographer so I’ve got  some really lovely shots of my sweet momma awaiting my arrival.  My favorite  however is a simple picture of her standing by my bassinet with her hand on her  tummy.  I CHERISH it.

3.  Simplify:

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.

 

4.  Help Her Feel Beautiful

Women don’t generally feel very sexy when they’re pregnant.  Understandably  so, and trust me I connect with this feeling as much as the next gal.  But just  because an expectant mother doesn’t feel sexy, that doesn’t mean she’s not  totally knock out.  Bring that out in her.  Pull that beauty out of her.  A good  way to do this is by talking as you shoot.  It’s perfectly appropriate to say  things like:  “That’s beautiful!”  “Yes, perfect!”  “Oh that’s just LOVELY.”  “Pregnancy looks good on you girl!”  Whatever works!  If you’re a male  photographer you’ll need to be careful about what you say in this crazy world of  sexual harassment, but you’re even more capable of pulling the beauty out of her  than a female photographer.  It’s one thing when your girlfriend tells you  you’re beautiful, but when your girlfriend’s brother tells you that you’re  looking good, you actually believe it.  Obviously be careful and be genuine.   The success of this tip will depend on your personality, but you can help her  help herself.  If she feels pretty she’ll look a whole heck of a lot better.   It’s that simple

 

5.  Highlight Relationship:

Hopefully new babies are coming into a loving home.  I always try to include  photographs that highlight the tender relationship between mom and dad, because  bringing a child into the world with someone is arguably love in it’s purest  form.

 

6.  Don’t Forget the Siblings… or the dog for that matter:

Remember that often a baby is coming into an established family unit (not to  say that Mom and Dad alone aren’t an “established family unit” but for the sake  of my point, go with me on this one).  If the siblings are available, make sure  to include them in at least a few frames.  I have to mention the dog, because  I’ve got a sister-in-law who’s dog, Wanda (seriously that’s her name) is her  pride and joy.  When she and her hubby have kids, you can trust that Wanda will  be right there in at least a handful of her maternity photos.  She’s as much a  part of the family as the next guy.

 

7.  Give ‘em Something Different:

Don’t just shoot what’s always been shot.

This is a good general rule of  photography. I really try to be “consistently inconsistent” (I recently heard  another photographer, Nate Kaiser of theimageisfound.com, use this term and I  had to pirate it).  Let me explain, you’ve got to approach each shoot as it’s  own.  I’m very committed as a photographer to tailoring each shoot for the  subject I’m photographing.  Like I said before, this is a good general rule that  applies particularly to maternity photography.  Even though millions and  millions of mothers have given birth to millions and millions of babies for  millions and millions of years, a momma-to-be needs to feel like her pregnancy  is miraculous, special and sacred, that the things she’s experiencing are unique  only to her.  Because they are.

 

 

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