5 Ideas for Maternity Photography

Looking for some quick ideas taking maternity photos? Take a look at these 5 tips to help get you started.

1. Shooting Outdoors: Many maternity photo sessions are done in studio, or somewhere else indoors. If you want to be different from the other soon-to-be-mommys out there, try changing up your environment. It’s understandable for you to want to do Studio shoots because they offer privacy. I wouldn’t suggest doing less than fully dressed shoots outside, unless of course, you and your neighbors are completely comfortable with that. Taking the 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. One idea is to take pictures with a theme of the season your baby will be born in. For example, if you baby is due in the winter take picture outside, building a snowman with your family. Let your creativity take over, and I am confident that you will get some amazing shots.

2. At Home: Home is always a great place to take maternity pictures. As mentioned earlier, the outdoors do not offer privacy that the home does. When photographing a mommy-to-be in her own home, she will feel much more comfortable. When your subjects feel comfortable they are obviously more likely to be themselves. They do a much better job of expressing their personalities in the shots. Another plus to shooting at home is the sentimental value it can add to your photos. To capture the rooms and furniture in your baby’s first house is an invaluable memory, and one you can cherish forever.

3. Simplicity: One problem photographer run into is trying to fit to much in a photo. I have seen way to many pictures that include extra subjects in the background that do nothing but take attention away from the main subject. No matter where you shoot you’ve got to simplify your surroundings. You don’t want to take away from the beauty of a mother anticipating the arrival of her child. Pregnancy doesn’t require anything “else” to be present in a photograph to help tell it’s story. Stay conscious of what you are including in the background. Trust me, this could make or break your photo. Remember to keep the mother-to-be the center of attention in the photo. Simplicity will get you far in maternity photography.

4. Highlight Relationship: Nothing is more powerful than a picture of both mother and father anticipating the arrival a baby. Dad is just as important as Mom in raising a child, make sure to include him as well. Highlight the tender relationship between mother and father. Try to include photographs that highlight the tender relationship between mom and dad. Also, remember to make these photos fun. Raising a child together is a serious matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it. Let’s see some smiles and laughter in maternity photos that include both mom and dad.

5. Don’t Forget the Siblings and Other Family Members: Siblings are aslo important to include (assuming the baby will have siblings). There is nothing sweeter than the excitement an older sibling has for a new baby brother or sister, especially if that older sibling is really young. You are going to want to capture that excitement. If the siblings are available, make sure to include them in at least a few frames.

Matching Wedding Photos with Wedding Stationery Design

One of the things that an event photographer should do to make sure that the entire event is a success is to work with the client to make

English: Letterpress Wedding Invitation

sure that the style and feel of the photos matches the rest of the event. It’s technically not your “job” to look over other aspects, but you’ll have a much happier client if they feel that everything flows well for the entire event.

One of the aspects that should be looked at in combination with the event pictures is the paper. For a wedding this would include the announcements, invitations to the bridal shower, wedding stationery, thank you cards, name cards at the event, and any other paperwork that is being seen by the guests. The pictures will be seen next to the paper items so it is important to help with the style and flow. Many photographers don’t even look at them, so if you’re trying to become successful in event photography check out these tips on wedding stationery.

Picking out the wedding stationery design is one of the most important decisions to make in the beginning. Many brides wonder how they can find that perfect stationery for their wedding. The right stationery not only exemplifies your personality but the groom’s personality as well and brings out the theme of the wedding. After you set the date and decide who you’re going to invite, the first thing you’ll do is send out invitations. Matching the invitations with a great photo is important because they’ll be seen together right away–and since this is the first impression people will have, you want your selection to be spot on. Here are some great tips you’ll want to take advantage of when it comes to selecting stationery for that special day:-

1. Setting Your Style

Traditionally, the paper used for formal wedding stationery would match the bride’s dress which meant it would either be white or ivory then black or dark grey ink would be used for the engraving. Even though this design is still very popular today, with all of the styles of invitations available now that range from informal to strictly traditional as well as being extremely affordable, your invitations can be black and white or filled with colors. Your limit is your imagination.

2. Select Your Font/Lettering

If you don’t really have to worry about a budget having engraved lettering for your stationery is best. This is because the lettering in the engraving process produces textured lettering which is generally expected for a formal wedding invitation. As an alternative, thermography gives you virtually the same look in a much less expensive process which fits almost any budget and for those who have a small guest list, hand lettered calligraphy is a great option. With all of the font and lettering choices available today you’ll be able to find a style that suits your tastes easily.

3. Choosing Stationery Wording

Since family relationships today can be extremely complex, when it comes to figuring out the wording for your invitations can be a real challenge. Fortunately, there are lots of examples available you can use to base your invitation wording on and if you’re working with a company that will be printing your invitations, they’ll be more than happy to help with suggestions. Even if you’re ordering invitations online, companies will have customer support that can help with questions you may have about the different designs they offer. While this may be your first wedding, companies have done wedding invitations for hundreds, if not thousands of weddings and have lots of experience. While using traditional wording is great, most couples today choose their own wording instead to make it more personal and meaningful.

4. Don’t Forget Thank You Cards

You will want to start preparing your thank you cards as soon as the gifts start coming in. By ordering thank you cards when you order your invitations you’ll be able to make sure they match the rest of your stationery. According to tradition, you’ll want to have all your thank you cards sent out in less than three weeks after the wedding ceremony.

By reviewing these decisions with your clients you’ll be more prepared to take pictures for them that will match and flow well with their decisions. It’s not something every photographer looks over and you’ll be a step ahead if you can help the overall feel of the event go well.