Every mom-to-be can use some maternity portraits tips. Here is what one client of ours did to create gorgeous images she and her husband loved. The most important elements in all of these tips are planning and having fun. I often tell clients to think of their maternity session like their wedding. You get to have all the fun planning, without any of the drama. So get ready to spend some time in the planning stages of your session. Your photographer will help you along the way too.
It is always a good idea to find 20 images you like and look at them side by side. What patterns do you notice? Are the certain colors you are attracted to? Locations? Poses? Ideas? You may notice that there are large differences between some of the images you like. Try to discover what it is that is a common theme among all of the images. Even if you do not think there is a clear thread or common idea, it is still a great starting place to talk to your photographer about.
The first thing is to check with photographers you are considering and see what props they own. If you have your heart set on a certain kind of gown or crown or vintage baby carriage, you should ask. Your maternity portraits photographer may be in a lending network of photographers who help each other own by renting/sharing popular props.
If you are the shopping type, it is always fun to go to flea markets and thrift stores. You never know what you can find. It could be that there is a prop you never considered that leaps out at you. These kinds of things make your maternity portraits your own.
There are a millions ways to Sunday to add some pizzaz to your maternity session. Take some time to look around and see what others have done. Then you and your photographer can make your favorite idea in their style.
Katie is a maternity and newborn photographer in Los Angeles