Maternity photography has surged in popularity over the past twenty years. Since 1991 when Demi Moore first bared her burgeoning belly on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, maternity photography has become one of the fastest-growing trends for pregnant mommies-to-be. There are few other times in your life when your body will go through such remarkable changes so quickly. By investing in maternity portraits, you can have these memories of your pregnancy documented beautifully for both you and your child.
Why choose a professional?
Of course you will take pictures of yourself along the way… or will you? By choosing a professional maternity photographer, you ensure that you will have captured this extraordinary time in your life. This way you and your significant other can be involved and included in the images (instead of behind the camera). Photographers who offer maternity sessions are also trained to use lighting and posing techniques that flatter your body type. By using feathered light in combination with soft shadows, a professional can make the pregnant body look fabulous (which we all know it already is!).
Professional photographers can also help you make your vision come to life in the form of portraits. What better way to show your child that they are important to you than to celebrate their growth (even before they were born!). As your baby grows, they’ll be so excited to see a picture of “me in mom’s belly”. And, although you may not feel it now, you’ll also look back in wonderment as to how your body ever did that!
How to select a photographer
Just like every decision about your pregnancy, this is a personal one. Maternity photography can become a very intimate and emotional experience. You will want to be sure that you are comfortable with the photographer you choose. By asking the right questions, you can be sure to find the right match for you.
Does the photographer have a portfolio you can view before the session?
These images may be available online or in person. You will want to select someone whose work reflects your style, whether traditional and posed or casual and candid (or a combination of styles).
Have they done maternity work before?
There are many unique posing “tricks” that can make a big difference in how your final images look.
Who will be in the pictures with you?
Most photographers welcome significant others and sibling to be involved. You might also ask about pets if they are your “first baby.” This is an excellent time for your family to get to know your photographer, especially if you are also doing a newborn session.
How will you view your proofs and place your order?
This varies from immediate viewing to online purchasing. Some professionals offer in-person assistance either in your home or at their studio. This gives you a chance to see your proofs, discuss cropping and retouching, and view all of their samples.