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Seven Tips That Will Help You Get a Beautiful Maternity Shoot

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Seven Tips That Will Help You Get a Beautiful Maternity Shoot

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. Many women like to capture it with a photoshoot. As a photographer, you will need to be careful how you tread.

Some women feel beautiful when they are pregnant. Others, not so much. You will need to take photos that are as flattering as possible.

You will also need to keep the woman safe and feeling good about herself.

Maternity photo shoots are not easy, but with a few key tips, you will be headed in the right direction. Here are some suggestions.

Stay Safe

You never want to put a pregnant woman in a dangerous situation. Make sure to choose locations that you feel are safe. Limit any physical activity that may be required. You should also always have water and snacks nearby.

Have Her Wear Clothing She Feels Comfortable In

The clothing your model wears can make all the difference in her self-confidence level. And if her self-confidence is high, she will look more comfortable in her photos.

Some women may want to wear loose fitting clothing that drapes over the baby bump while others may want to wear tight fitting clothing that accentuates it. There’s really no right or wrong here, it’s more about the model’s preference.

Choose Flattering Angles

Some women may want their bump accentuated. Others may want to take the focus away from their abdomen. And there could be other issues such as facial angles, etc.

It’s best to talk to your model to find out what she wants you to enhance and stay away from to ensure you get photos she will be happy with.

Tell a Story and Find Meaning

A maternity shoot will be more precious if the shots are meaningful. You can get the shots she’s looking for by choosing a location that has sentimental value for the woman or by including a precious heirloom or another prop that is significant to your subject.

Shoot During the Blue or Golden Hour

The blue and golden hour will get you the most flattering shots, but more than that they are mood boosters. They will relax your subject making her feel more comfortable so you can get the best shots.

It’s also important to note the time of day you will be shooting. A pregnant woman may feel tired or may not be at her best in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Schedule your shoot for when she’s feeling her best.

Have Your Model Look Away From the Camera

A shot where your model looks away from the camera will appear more candid and it will make her more comfortable in her natural surroundings.

Try Shooting in Black and White

Black and white will bring a mood and contrast to your photoshoot that may be exactly what your model is looking for.

Getting the right vibe for a maternity shoot can be challenging but the tips in this article will get you headed in the right direction. Now that you know what to do and what not to do, you can get some terrific shots. Good luck achieving an aesthetic everyone is happy with.

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