Maternity is a very special phase of life that every woman wants to preserve as a beautiful memory. Maternity photography provides the opportunity. It is meant to capture the relationship between the mom-to-be with her unborn baby through beautiful photographs. As a maternity photographer, you get to make the future mother immensely happy, enabling her to cherish the good moments right before the arrival of her bundle of joy forever, through the photographs you click. At the same time, maternity photography comes with huge responsibilities. You need to be aware of your subject's health throughout the shoot. While planning the photoshoot, you need to be extra cautious about the props you would use and poses you would like to implement and make sure that she doesn't feel uncomfortable or fall sick.
To make your task a bit easier, we are providing you some valuable information about maternity photography that you should keep in mind. All these tips are advised by experts. It will reduce your stress, and make both you and your subject comfortable.
Here are the top 4 maternity photography tips for you:-
The pose should be aesthetic but safe:-
Don't go overboard with poses. Never ask her to try difficult poses to have good-looking shots. It can be risky for both the mother and child. Though the 'hand on the belly' pose is most commonly captured by all maternity photographers, it never gets cliché. You just have to be creative with her hand positions, lighting, and compositions. Make sure that you tell a story through your photographs.
Play with camera settings:-
You can be as creative with your camera settings as possible. You can experiment with aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and also the lens you choose. Always set the camera to manual mode, to be able to change the camera settings as per your wish. If you are clicking the mom-to-be alone, you can go on well with an aperture between f/2 and f/4. If you want to include the dad-to-be and the siblings or other family members too, set the aperture anywhere between f/5.6 to f/8. To fix the most accurate shutter speed, you need to consider the pose, compositions, lighting, etc. If you want to have a faster shutter speed, set it around 1/1000. For slower shutter speed, you might go on with the 1/50 to 1/60 range. The ISO should always be kept lower. Try not to go higher than 400, as it might produce noisy images.
Lighting and compositions can be the game-changer:-
If you are shooting outdoors, it is always advisable to rely on natural light. You can shoot during the golden hours i.e. right after sunrise and right before sunset. If you are shooting indoors, you may use a big, soft light source to create an ethereal effect in your photo. Good composition is necessary to make your photo interesting. It should draw the attention of the viewers to the baby bump. You can take silhouette photos, focusing on the belly. You can click from the side, front, or even from a height.
Choose props and clothes carefully:-
You can select props that would add to the joy evoking from the photograph. It may be a pair of tiny shoes or toys. You can ask the clients about their opinion on it, and whether they have any suggestions. Make sure the model feels comfortable with the clothes you want her to wear. The clothes should fit the mom-to-be well so that the baby bump appears prominent, at the same time, the baby bump should not be pressed.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.