Pregnancy Photography – These tips have been adapted from Heather Hart of A La Mode Photo who specializes in natural environment, pregnancy, family and pet photography.
Pregnancy is a special time. As the belly swells, so does your sense of wonder and joy – and it’s a poignant moment worth capturing. These days, pregnancy photography is all the rage – we see it all over Instagram and Facebook. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated affair! Spending some time in a beautiful natural setting with a friend and a camera can produce some pretty great results. Here are some tips that can help you along:
1. Find a friend.
If hiring a professional photographer is not your thing, enlist a helpful and talented friend! Since you are the model, you need someone who has a few hours to dedicate to you and your Belly. Plus, you will probably be a lot more comfortable with someone you know and are familiar with, so you’ll look relaxed on camera.
2. Try using a camera with real film and not digital. Go to a camera store and ask for professional black and white film – avoid going to the local market or drugstore for your film – there is a big difference! Ask for 125 speed film – there is less grain. And everyone always looks so much better in black and white – try it, you may like it.
3. Wear natural make-up – a little base and accent your eyes goes a long way. Since you’re shooting outdoors, keep it light!
4. Choose a place outdoors. A local park with trees always works nicely. Make sure that the background where you are shooting is pleasant and free from distractions. Sometimes, we may not notice objects like trash cans, random vehicles and other items in the background that might detract from your focus.
5. Play with fabric. Go to a local fabric store and buy 6 yards of chiffon material. Black, grey, white – any color is fine! Use this to wrap around you and make a great skirt – or just to drape around your body. The material can be played around in many ways, and will accentuate your belly just perfectly! Bring safety pins – they will be your new best friend.
With a physical set of these photos in your hands to look back on, these moments can be savored for time to come. Most of all, enjoy the journey, and have fun!
Top image from lolamelani.com.