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.