Having a child is one of the most important events in a woman's life. To help remember the experience and share it with others, many women elect to have maternity photos taken. Maternity photos done tastefully can be a memento mother and child will treasure for a lifetime.
Choose the Right Time
While a woman might be eager to document her pregnancy, there is little point in a photo that barely shows a baby bump. It is better to wait until at least the third trimester. In fact, it's best to wait until just before the baby is born.
Choose the Right Clothing
It is up to the woman to decide what clothes she will wear for the shoot. But as the photographer you should advise her to choose something comfortable, while still accentuating her belly. Some women choose to have nude maternity photos taken. Of course, this should be done tastefully. One approach might be a side shot of the subject with her arms folded across her chest.
While most maternity photos are taken of the woman alone, some choose to have their partner with them. In this case the partner should simply be there to complement the photo, rather than dominating it. Both subjects should be wearing casual clothing. The focus should remain in the mother to be.
Black and White or Effects
Another option you can offer a client asking for maternity photos is color or special effects. One of the most common approaches is to make the photo black and white. This gives a more dramatic and sentimental feel. Alternatively, you can offer to use a program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to add effects like glows or glitter to the photo, emphasizing the magic of the event. Another popular effect you can add is a faded edge to make a vignette.
A maternity photo taken outdoors can be very dramatic. Choose a location that works well with the idea of birth and renewal such as a field of flowers, a yard full of baby chicks or sunrise at the beach. It should be a location near so your subject doesn't have to travel far. You should also check the weather conditions a few days before the scheduled shoot, in case you decide you need to reschedule.