Explore the art of capturing breathtaking maternity portraits with these essential tips to photograph the beauty and emotion of this special moment in a mother’s journey.

Here’s some tips to help you have a successful Maternity session:

Build a rapport with the expectant mother to make her feel at ease during the shoot. Keep the room temperature comfortable and have some nice music in the background.

Opt for a location that complements the mother’s personality and the overall theme you want to convey. It could be a set in your studio or on location at her place. Either way, you can personalize her portrait based on the information she shared with you.

Natural light is often flattering for maternity photos. Soft, diffused light can highlight the mother’s features and create a gentle ambiance. You can create that with the right window light, a very large softbox, or large umbrella main light.

Encourage natural and relaxed poses that showcase the beauty of the pregnancy. Emphasize the baby bump while ensuring the mother feels comfortable. If you’re new to maternity photography, get some ideas from the internet or there are educational videos like this one.

Suggest to your moms to be to wear comfortable and flattering clothing that accentuates the baby bump. Flowing dresses and clothing that hug the curves can work well. Having a clothing consultation ahead of time really helps your subject and you communicate well together.

Your client may want to Include the partner or family members in some shots to capture the connection and excitement of this special time. Again, this is where having a consultation ahead of time and showing some examples helps inspire your client.

Use meaningful props like ultrasound images, baby shoes, or other baby-related items to add a personal touch to the photos. Someone may have already made a special blanket or a family heirloom you may want to include.

Typically the best time to photograph a pregnant woman is usually during the seventh or eighth month. She will be showing nicely but not too uncomfortable to stand or pose too long. But be sensitive to her needs as every pregnancy is different. And throughout the shoot, communicate with the mother, asking for her input and ensuring she is comfortable with the process.

Be mindful of retouching and editing, keeping the focus on enhancing the natural beauty and emotions of the mother. Knowing what the customer wants for the end product will help you create a photo shoot plan. Does she want an album that tells a story? A single wall portrait that will hang in a special place? This is where your consultation ahead of time will help in communication and get your client inspired and excited.

Maternity photography is such a special session. Remember, every pregnant woman is unique, so adapt your approach to suit her preferences and make the experience enjoyable and memorable for both of you.

© Lori Nordstrom Studio