Motherhood is a physical and mental journey. The ability of a woman to create a life may never be captured in its full essence — the joy, the pain, the fatigue, the excitement, the worry, the relief.
One may be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of a mother to better understand pregnancy, but what better way to try to show this than through a maternity shoot?
As photographers, it’s important to honor the mother’s vision, make the mother comfortable, and provide quality photos as a result of a successful maternity shoot.
The journey to motherhood is unique to each woman. Even each pregnancy a mother has can be vastly different. Capturing the moments during your journey should be treated no differently.
Here is why a maternity photo shoot is a perfect way to capture your journey to motherhood:-
I started rattling off some ideas and decided to put them all in one spot. Belly shots are some of my favorites for a lot of reasons. They have definitely gotten a bad rap over the years and we’ve all seen the ‘what not to do’ images on those funny websites, but really they can be so beautiful. It’s a time of anticipation, change and excitement…all of which should be documented! How nice it is to have subjects take direction and it’s also a wonderful time to get to know new parents before you work with their precious newborn. Family maternity sessions with other children (especially toddlers) are a whole other ball game… One of the things to love about maternity images is the creativity they lend. Now is a great time to play with your composition, color, angles, and breaking rules…especially if you are working with two adults that will take direction. Sometimes that is actually overwhelming and frustrating for me!! When we shoot kids and babies we are forced to take their lead most times, so when we can actually stop for a moment and compose a more interesting shot it can be difficult to think on the spot. Slow down and even plan in your head before the session some new things you’d like to try or experiment with. Photographing ‘just the bump’ has become the thing to do during belly sessions (guilty!) and while I think those shots can be fun, just make sure to include faces as well.