For many women, posing for maternity photos is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Here are some tips for making the most of that experience and creating photos that will be cherished for generations to come.
Hire a Professional
Hiring a professional photographer for your maternity shoot practically guarantees gorgeous results. With their special equipment and know-how, experienced maternity photographers capture shots that document your pregnant form in the most flattering ways possible, and their retouching and editing services result in beautiful portraiture unattainable with your own point-and-shoot camera.
Many women struggle over whether or not to bare their bellies (or more) during their maternity photo session. No matter how much of yourself you plan to reveal, be prepared with a few looks for your photo shoot. If you’re comfortable going au naturel, bring a scarf, robe or shawl for modesty. For minimal coverage, consider a skirt and halter top.
Sometimes pregnancy changes our bodies in ways we’d rather not capture for posterity; Find ways to flatter your form. A wrap or shrug like this one from A Pea in the Pod can hide upper arms while still letting your belly take center stage. A bikini top paired with a long, flowing skirt covers your thighs and derriere.
While you want to show off your belly, don’t forget that your head will be in the pictures, too. Pay attention to your make-up and hair so you don’t have that frazzled new-mommy look too soon. Hiring a professional is always a foolproof solution. You can also check out some tips like the ones listed by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers to create a camera-ready look.
Location, Location, Location
Some women are more comfortable taking maternity photos indoors. A professional studio setting will result in classic, though sometimes impersonal, portraits. Consider having a photographer to your home to photograph you surrounded by the people and things you love most.
For those willing to venture outdoors, nature provides the perfect backdrop for any pregnant model. Green grass, rolling seas and fall foliage flatter every woman, and evidence of the changing seasons adds a chronological element to your portraits.
Before your photo shoot, practice posing in front of a mirror. Decide which is your “good side” and what features you’d like your photographer to play up in the pictures. Check out this excerpt from The Art of Pregnancy Photography by Jennifer George to learn how to pose for flattering photographs.
Don’t forget to have fun with the photo shoot. Try a meditative pose on a beach with your little one’s name etched into the wet sand beside you. Carry pink or blue balloons for a whimsical touch. Experiment with a pose or two in the nursery next to your soon-to-be-occupied crib.
Gather your family around you to lavish attention on your belly. Be “caught” indulging in your favorite pregnancy craving, whether it’s pickles or donuts. Find a local sign or advertisement that includes your baby’s name (i.e., “Eat at Joe’s”) and stand beside it.
No matter how you choose to personalize your maternity photos, the memories you and your photographer capture together will be priceless. Long after the baby weight’s been lost and the “baby” has gone off to college, you’ll gaze nostalgically at your pregnancy portraits and marvel at the beauty, anticipation and joy in them.
Patrick Milligan is a freelance writer who focuses on cosmetic surgery, health and wellness, medical science, the medical profession, the history of medicine and other associated topics. Mothers, and future mothers, interested in Maternal restoration should view these resources from an established professional in this area.