Maternity portrait photography is a wonderful way to document your journey into motherhood photographs, especially when you choose a photography package that includes both maternity and newborn portrait photos. Most parents have hundreds of photos of their little ones, but few have a set of professional pregnancy portraits, despite those nine months being such an important time in any mother and father’s life. Some women don’t feel confident enough to have a photos taken when they’re pregnant, or simply don’t think about having a maternity photoshoot until it’s too late! But no matter how shy or nervous you are about getting in front of the camera with your baby bump, an experienced portrait photographer will be able to put your fears at rest and coax a beautiful, natural pose out of you!
Your maternity photographer will help you to try a variety of poses to really show off your blooming and blossoming figure, and there are many different post-production effects that can be applied to your images to make your photos truly unique. You don’t have to pose alone, either! Why not include your partner or your other children, if you have them, for a family photoshoot before and after your birth? Props, accessories and different clothing can also be used to give a variety of textures and colours, and if you’re feeling really brave, why not try a semi-nude maternity photoshoot?
The lovely thing about maternity photography is that you can replicate your poses once baby is here in a newborn shoot, replacing your bump with your gorgeous new baby! The continuity of using the same photographer means you can come away with a set of portrait photographs that match and complement each other in their style and setup. Many photographers offer special deals for expecting mothers, which include a maternity photoshoot, a newborn photoshoot and even the option of further sittings to document your growing baby’s journey.
The best way to approach your pregnancy portrait photography is to dress comfortably, ensure you’re well hydrated and make sure you find poses and positions that feel natural for you. Bring along your partner or a friend who is sure to make you laugh and smile – a good portrait photographer will also do their best to make you feel at ease and often it’s the unposed, candid photos that really capture your natural beauty and happiness.
When looking for a maternity photographer, word-of-mouth recommendation is always the best way to judge, and make sure you look through a photographer’s portfolio or website so that you can get an idea of their style and approach. It’s also a pertinent idea to check exactly how many prints you will receive with your photoshoot, and how much extra prints and frames will cost, so you are able to budget accordingly. Celebrate your pregnancy as well as your baby’s arrival with a maternity photoshoot and flaunt that bump!