I love shooting maternity sessions. Women are extra beautiful and glowing with life when they’re pregnant. Here are a few tips for shooting these kinds of sessions:
Timing- Schedule the maternity shoot when the mom-to-be is ~8 months pregnant- at that point she’s obviously pregnant and really glowing!
Location- I’m a big fan of natural light, so all of my sessions take place outdoors. Scout out parks or nature reserves in your area where you’ll get good lighting.
Simplify- Pregnancy doesn’t require anything else to be present in a photograph to help tell it’s story, the background should be simple. I recommend that my clients choose simple clothing to wear for the session (in lieu of distracting patterns).
Emphasize the Relationship- Bringing a child into this world is love in its purest form. It’s sweet to highlight the relationship between the mom and dad-to-be before two becomes three! If the couple already has children, be sure to include them in some of the pictures.
Tell her she’s beautiful- Like I said, women are beautiful when they’re pregnant, but they may not always feel that way! She may need some encouragement from you along the way- give her genuine compliments like “You look fabulous!” or “Love that smile!”. If she feels pretty, then it will come across in the pictures you take!
Happy Shooting! : )