Maternity and Pregnancy Photography Galleries: Maternity Photography 3
MATERNITY SHOOT DECISIONS: FINE ART OR NATURAL?
Instead of finding an existing maternity photograph or pregnancy portrait you would like to replicate, I always encourage my clients instead to decide upon the general direction of the shoot. One of the key decisions is style. Do you want this to be a very natural, caught moment kind of image? Casual, natural and un-staged. Or do you prefer something with a little drama? A more fine-art and stylized direction? Both options can produce stunning images. It’s worth exploring images online before the shoot to decide what feels right for you.
If you opt for natural, the decisions are very easy. I would urge you to bring along clothes that celebrate your bump, but clothes you wear. A maxi-dress is always a great option for casual elegance. Go for tight fitting clothes to celebrate that bump, so no hiding it away in maternity frocks. Solid colours over patterns is always the right choice as it helps focus on body shape, and often diminishes the chances of your photo falling out of fashion. Most of all, bring choices. We can try a number of outfits on the day to see what works best. For a full guide on the ideal clothes to wear, please click on the following link.
If you do opt for a more stylized shoot, we will need to have a clear idea of the technique you want to choose. Increasingly popular, and capable of delivering a knock-out image is the use of a milk bath. This involves adding milk to bathwater to create a cloudy backdrop. Once in the bath, your exposed body parts will be defined in stark contrast to the opaque milky backdrop. In post-production we can zoom into to the shot, losing the sides of the bath to enhance the visual effect. The resulting images can be magical, celebrating your face and your bump. Fresh flowers and petals added to the surface of the water can to compliment the images. If we do opt for a milk bath we can arrange a shoot in your own bath at home or at a hotel as this is not something I can set-up in the studio. I am happy to talk you through these, and other options if you are looking for a more stylized shoot.