Timing is everything. Doing your maternity shoot at 6 to 7 months pregnant is the best timing. It’s at this time that a pregnant woman looks and feels her best, any period after is bad news; experts say that women 8 to 9 months pregnant often experience water retention, stretch marks, and feel too heavily pregnant, this making it challenging to do a maternity shoot when experiencing these symptoms.
As an experienced photographer, nothing makes a better photo than my focus being confidence. So if you are planning to do a maternity shoot make yourself look good by getting your hair and make-up done, this little trick will definitely increase your confidence, adding value to your photos.
Get to know your photographer
Remember, your photographer will be spending quite some time with you, as well as capturing those intense, emotional, and personal moments of you and your partner +1; therefore, take the time to meet up with your photography before your maternity shoot, and discuss with her/him what kind of shots you would like to do. Additionally, get some advice from the photographer on the type of clothing that you should wear to the shoot, as well as discuss what you are and aren’t comfortable doing on the day of the shoot.
Regardless of your photographer’s forte’ when it comes to lighting, it’s an important element for any shoot. Here at DesignerK Photography we believe and play with natural light; therefore, when you do your maternity shoot consider the time of day. It is suggested that you do your shoot either during in the morning (sunrise) or late afternoon (sunset), this is the golden time to be shooting as it does not expose you to harsh light which looks terrible for photos.
Just like confidence, location is important. Ensure that you consider your options before choosing a location for your maternity shoot. Choose a location that you sure would be comfortable for you.
Shooting at home… If you decided to shoot in the comfort of your home, ensure that you clear clutter from your space. Also, it is important that you wisely choose the area in which the maternity shoot will take place, great spots in your home such as the living room or your bedroom; however, ensure that the room you choose has an amount great natural light.
Shooting at a location… On the other hand, if you decide to do your maternity shoot at an outside location such as the forest, field, lake, in studio etc. consider using props to spice up the shoot. A way to bring some authenticity to your maternity shoot, including the father, and the baby’s siblings and even the family pet is a great way to make it uniquely yours.