Maternity photography, like any different kind of photography, is exactly what we label of it. As photographers, we have almost unlimited choices for creating unique and amazing photos: lighting, filters, background and setting all give to us endless opportunities, yet I’ve realized that many maternity photos look rather pedestrian and cliche.
Pregnancy is a special amount of time in a lady’s life, and also the maternity photos which you take should reflect that. Don’t be afraid to go at night ubiquitous hands-forming-a-heart-over-her-belly shot and take a step different. While your model will let you know what she’s comfortable with and how conservative (or daring) she wants to be, you possibly can make suggestions and help to encourage her to push her limits. Conversely, you may even be amazed by how open she is, plus some ideas she could possibly have, so avoid being afraid with an open and frank discussion beforehand.
One technique that I like to utilization in my maternity photo shoots is infrared. Infrared generates a soft grain that’s flattering to both face and figure, and may you be shooting outdoors it gives your model a virtually otherworldly appearance, with vegetation accepting a white glow, and then any clothing or fabrics that you just’re using can turn out looking different in print form than expected. Is it often noticed in traditional maternity shots? Not really, but it’s exciting and different, and several of my mom-to-be designs include been genuinely enthused when they see these shots.
Another thing that I like about shooting outdoors is that it can be done in shade or sun, so that it gives a great deal of interesting lighting options, particularly when you’re shooting some rolls in grayscale. Keep in mind that some time of day will affect your lighting, so if you are shooting in the heart of the morning, obviously you will have a much more resilient light, and ultizing film or regular digital in most cases produce harsher images, particularly on the skin. (This can be a situation where shooting infrared can produce outstanding results, by the way.) Also, be mindful about putting your models under the sun for very long periods, since sun, for very long periods, is often a skin killer.
And while we’re on the topic of lighting, I’ve gotten great outcomes using varied lighting techniques: using backlight or sidelight will usually enhance most photos of men and women (with or without clothes), resulting in creative results. Don’t be afraid to highlight and shadow different features of your mom-to-be, not just the aforementioned belly shots. Use filters, backlighting and shadow to hook and feature her face’s radiant glow and the organic beauty of pregnancy, capturing her expressions from different angles and perspectives. Does your model have tattoos? These can be featured in interesting ways, and ultizing different fabrics, for example lace or gauzy linen, can spark additional creativity. On a technical note, if you’re using infrared, shooting with the source of light through the back from the photographer or slightly through the side is preferable. As you add infrared shooting in your repertoire, experiment, experiment, experiment; beyond the learning part, it’s fun!