Taking good maternity pictures is challenging, but it’s not impossible! As long as you prepare and plan, you can take amazing photographs of your bump. If you follow these tips, your maternity portraits will be more than just baby bump photos—they’ll be memories that last a lifetime. You want to record the most beautiful memories of your pregnancy, but you need to make sure those photos are also high quality. Here are five tips for better pregnancy photography:
Maternity photographs are not just baby bump photos
Maternity photographs are not just baby bump photos. They’re about celebrating the whole pregnancy experience, from the first trimester through labour and delivery. They’re about documenting your story so you can look back at it later in life and remember how far you’ve come together as a family unit.
Maternity photography is all about capturing those moments when something big happens—a milestone like gaining weight or shaving your head for the first time—and then reliving those memories repeatedly as an infant grows up around them.
Pay attention to lighting
Better pregnancy photography involves paying attention to lighting. Natural light is always best, but you can use other lighting types: a reflector, diffuser or flash. A reflector will help fill in shadows and create more even light across your subject’s face (and body). A diffuser will soften harsh shadows; using one on the background helps prevent it from looking like you’re photographing an empty room instead of a beautiful pregnant woman!
Finally, if you want to add some drama and make sure that there isn’t any glare on your subject’s skin—whether they’re wearing makeup or not—you may want to consider using flash; this will help illuminate their features more evenly while also eliminating any unflattering reflections off windows or walls.
Think about what you want to wear
- Consider the weather. If it’s a nice day, you should wear something with more colour and texture than if it’s cold and rainy outside.
- Wear something that makes you feel good, but avoid clothing that is too tight or loose (because these types of clothes will make your belly look bigger). Also, avoid clothing that is too short or long; they could cause discomfort while posing in front of the camera! It’s also important not to wear anything with words or pictures on it—this can distract from the focus on your face, which should be the main subject of any photo shoot!
Planning is key to a good shoot. Having a plan for the day of the shoot is essential, and you can choose whether or not you want to shoot at home or a location. If it’s your own home, make sure it is clean and tidy before heading out into public view with your baby bump!
If you’re going somewhere else in town, consider using props like blankets or pillows so that something interesting is happening on camera throughout the session instead of just when they’re posed against an empty wall (which often happens).
Don’t rush your shoot
If you’re having a baby, chances are you’ve already spent more than enough time on this earth, and it’s time to get out of the house! But before you go off on your maternity leave and leave all of your responsibilities behind, remember that taking maternity photos is an integral part of planning for the future. You should take some time to think about what kind of pictures you want for yourself and future generations—and then make sure they’re captured by someone who knows how to get them just right.
If there’s one thing you’ve learned from working with clients over the years, it’s this: Don’t rush your shoot! Sometimes people think that getting ready takes too much time (it doesn’t), so they try rushing through their preparations without thinking about what makes each moment special or unique; sometimes people think taking photos is simple enough without needing much instruction at all, but this isn’t.