Maternity Photography – 5 Tips For A Great Session

Looking for ideas for maternity photography sessions

There are just so many different things that need to be planned and thought out before a photo shoot can take place. One of the main things to remember is that most models expect to be pregnant for at least a month, sometimes more. This is because of the physical changes that every pregnant model will go through. However, here are a few ideas and tips for maternity photography that can really help you get more out of the sessions.

When you are planning your session, it is important to make sure that you keep the focus on the belly area. The main time to take a maternity photography shot is usually between 33 36 weeks into the pregnancy. BUT, consult your model about any particular circumstances surrounding this time of her pregnancy. Any pregnant model expecting twins or who perhaps have had complications in her pregnancy or who might be otherwise facing an early birth may wish to schedule her shoot a bit earlier, so that they miss out on that “perfect” belly shot too, okay! But it’s worth noting that even if you think you’ve already taken several maternity photos, it’s worth taking more to really get the message across.

there are some maternity photos where you’ll be better suited to portrait shots

While most models are comfortable using studio lighting, there are some maternity photos where you’ll be better suited to portrait shots which require natural light. For these types of portraits, you can use simple props such as balloons, oversized pillows or anything else that gives a beautiful dramatic flair.

When it comes to the actual maternity session, there are two main methods that you can use to keep things interesting and to help make the session less monotonous for both you and your model. Some maternity portraits require you to start from the beginning and go through each pose again; other sessions to work through the poses one at a time using a cut out followed by a close up. Whichever you choose, here are a few tips to keep in mind for an enjoyable session:

The biggest tip of all is to have fun during your session

* Consider having more than one camera ready and on standby (so you can switch between them if needed). * Practice with the props. Make sure your camera is set in either normal or aperture priority mode. Take several practice shots with the props and try focusing on a friend for focus reference. * Maintain a steady frame rate when shooting. Learn to remain patient when shooting.

Try out a few poses you know you’ll love, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new poses. Keep in mind that your maternity photos will show your stomach, arms, and belly and should be taken from the mid-section down to the knees. Keep these above and out of your personal underwear, because they won’t be flattering to your growing belly.

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