Pregnancy can be an uncomfortable time for many women. Mom’s bodies are rapidly changing, and not always in a good way. Acne, swelling, weight gain, and stretch marks are all common experiences for Mommies-to-be. While some pregnant women may feel wonderful, many others are self-conscious about the way they look. This self-consciousness can be a barrier during maternity photo shoots, leading to unnatural or awkward photos. Maternity portraits can be slightly trickier than regular portraits and challenging to cope with photoshoot especially Moms are carrying extra KGs inside their belly, and experiencing indigestion and sharp kicks to the ribs!
Creating a comfortable environment is important in any type of portrait photography, especially for maternity photos. We want Maternity mommy not only to feel good about how the photographs turn out and also we want them to feel amazing and also look her best in the photos.
Here are 10 tips for helping maternity mommy feel great and create better photo result during maternity shoots:
(1) Wearing Something Comfortable
Make sure Maternity mommy is wearing something she feels beautiful in.
Clothes can make a huge difference in an individual’s confidence. However, there’s no single outfit that works for all women. Some women like clingy dresses, while others prefer loose pants and shirts.
Tips: Tight maternity clothes will reveal the baby bump clearly.
(2) Choosing the right Location
First, decide on a location that the mother-to-be feels most comfortable in. Some prefer the comfort and privacy of her own home. Some prefer gardens for nature shots. And some are open to doing the photo shoot at the beach for some sexy and tanned shots. We would suggest using only natural light to get the best shots with the lesser hassle for Pregnant mom, an easy short walk in the park or gardens will make a relaxing photo shoot for mommies. Of course, with greenery nature great backdrops.
(3) Shoot outdoors during the Golden/Blue Hour
Less hot, less harsh light is always better for Pregnant mommies. The beautiful lighting and atmosphere of the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour aren’t just great for photography. It can also be mood boosters, helping Mommies to relax and enjoy the photo shoot. With such a lovely environment and surroundings, it’s easier to feel at ease and believe that the portraits will be gorgeous.
(4) Making sure Pregnant Mommy is Comfortable
Beautiful nature portrait shots are usually taken beautifully because the person is feeling
comfortable. Being pregnant isn’t easy. It comes with a lot of physical discomfort, from swollen feet to painful varicose veins. Be mindful of this discomfort as you plan the shoot, make sure communication is there when needed.
(5) Use Props
Using props can be a great way to compositon photos in a greater and more interesting way. Props can also make a good conversation starter, and break the ice inbetween Mommy and the Photographer.
Unlike other types of portraits, props in maternity photos are best provided by the woman/couple. Something personalized can connect to the coming child as well as the parents. Some popular prop ideas include shoes, a book, a onesie, a stuffed animal, an ultrasound picture, or something that spells out the baby’s name, like block letters.
(6) Get a good friend and/or family involved
Pregnancy and childbirth are events that affect the whole family and loved ones. It makes all sense to include other people in maternity photo shoots. First obvious choice, is husband and other that comes along is baby’s elder siblings or Mommy’s best friends. A beloved pet can be fun to include too.
If a best friend or sister is also pregnant, they can potentially combine two maternity photo shoots into one, getting both individuals and paired pictures. Involving more people, with more interactions and candids, can help make the photo shoot fun and memorable.
(7) Choose flattering angles & pose
Woman have a wide variety of shapes and sizes, especially when they’re pregnant. In other words, we won’t be able to use mainstream angles for these portraits as to show the best angles for every maternity shoot. At times, it’s good to encourage Mommies to try new poses for certain angles to get the best shot out of the Photoshoot.
(8) Right timing for showing Belly
The best time to schedule a maternity photo shoot is when the belly is large, but they’re not in the “Oh My God I Think The Baby Is Coming out!” This is typically in Months 7 and 8. Avoid shooting during Month 9 because you’ll never know if the baby will decide to make an early appearance.
(9) Pamper with Manicure, Professional Hairstyling & Makeup
A maternity session is more than just a photo shoot. It is a day of well-deserved pampering that should include a manicure, hair styling, and professional makeup session. An overall natural look is best for this kind of photo shoot. Some good inspirations would be soft waves for the hair and light, daytime makeup with an even skin tone and accented eyes and cheekbones.
(10) Have Fun!
Got Cravings? Bring it along! Well, these are part of your Maternity journey as well as memories. Whatever the feel you are going for, get yourself in the mood for your photo shoot. This is an experience for you that will create beautiful memories that you want to remember. Get as comfortable as possible and enjoy yourself.
We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
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