Maternity photography can be the beginning of a lifelong journey with a mother and her children. If you can establish yourself as someone with integrity and a good reputation when working with expectant mothers, a professional photographer can reap long-term benefits.
Many women only dream of documenting the final stages of their pregnancy and it takes a special photographer to be a successful baby and maternity photographer.
What makes Maternity Photography Special?
A photographer taking photos of pregnant women needs to be familiar with the human body in its natural form. If you have not had much experience in this field then do some research and get some experience – hire a model or ask a friend to model for you. This gives you the perfect opportunity to experiment. Be adventurous – experiment with different angles, lighting, clothing and perspectives.
Prepare the Expectant Mother
Photographing a pregnant mother takes great sensitivity. Many women may be self-conscious about their bodies. Talk to them about how they feel about being naked in their maternity photos – some women may prefer to be semi naked.
Ask her to remove any clothing that has elastic in it that marks their skin at least 2 hours before the photo shoot.
Use fabrics that do not mark the woman’s skin and capture the emotion the mother feels for her unborn child.
Posing your Clients
You need to understand the beauty of the natural human form to get beautiful photos of pregnant women. Get photos of the father on his knees lovingly stroking and kissing his partner’s pregnant belly.
It is a highly emotional time for the mother-to-be and her partner, so keep in mind it is the professional photographer’s job to eternalize that love emotion for the client.
It is an opportunity to build trust with your client which can lead to long-term work when her children are born. Taking photos of a mother’s pregnancy is very intimate and she learns to trust you and may also trust you with documenting her children’s milestones.
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Make the presentation of the photos special and also present her with a plan for photographing the important milestones of her children’s lives. Children grow so swiftly, and during the first couple of years of their lives there are many moments parents can capture for eternity. You can learn to take wonderful maternity photographs by downloading the professional Baby Photography report.