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|Ever since Demi Moore's bold pregnancy photo graced the cover of Vanity Fair, women have been inspired to document their pregnancies with maternity portraits. And
with good reason. A special fascination surrounds pregnancy and the remarkable changes it brings to women's bodies. And just as maternity fashions have evolved from
concealing a woman's pregnant belly to highlighting it, expectant parents have moved beyond recording their pregnancy with an occasional snapshot. No longer shy
about their changing shapes, pregnant women now celebrate it.
The Concept of Pregnancy Portraits:
There are a growing number of photography studios now focusing on maternity portraits. In this day and age, women are getting married well into their 30s and 40s and
having babies later. Pregnancy becomes a greater challenge, and documenting this precious time has become so popular. A pregnancy portrait is not just a great
souvenir to be appreciated by the generation you are creating, but also a beautiful way to adapt to your new body image. “Looking at my portrait felt like I was stepping
outside of my body for a moment," says Diane Abraham, a mother from Northridge, Calif. "From the outside, without the discomforts involved, I could finally see the beauty
in me. It made me feel so feminine."
Many women are not sure what to expect during a maternity photo shoot, but many leave feeling like they have spent a few fun hours being pampered and feeling
beautiful. Pregnancy is a very special time. It is only natural that couples would want a special photograph as a memento. Portraits should seek to capture the beauty of
forming life. A photograph is not only a meaningful portrait of the new mother, but almost always the first picture in the new baby's photo album.
With the body changes that are common during pregnancy, many women are not sure what to wear to a maternity photo session. Keeping it simple and subtle makes for
the best poses and photos. There is no need to run out and buy some expensive maternity gown or outfit. Most women wear their husband's dress shirt or simply a black
or white lingerie robe. Simple thin clothing works well to show off the pregnancy and your belly, which is what we want.
Pregnancy takes the greater part of a year, and women may want to wait until the third trimester before planning maternity portraits. That way, the photographer is sure to
capture the fullness of a woman’s belly. Taking the portraits too soon may not offer you the results you wanted. There is a 'best time' to take maternity portraits. It is best
to be at the very end of your pregnancy. Yes, women are bigger and have gained some weight, but this is part of the beauty of pregnancy. Capture the beauty of your big
belly and be proud.
To Color or Not to Color:
You can choose color or black-and-white for maternity portraits, and both offer great results. However, black-and-white is recommended for a strong contrast. And
remember, the photo shoot should have dramatic lighting to highlight the belly and face and offer a beautiful shot.
How to Pose:
Posing for maternity photos involves the obvious: getting your best side. However, how your 'best side' captured does vary. All photos are primarily taken from the side.
You want to capture your belly's fullness. Spot lighting is used to highlight the stomach and face only. The shoot is usually done standing up because the body position
needs to show the stomach fully. This is the most flattering position. However, contemporary poses such as sitting on a bench, a stool, lying down or kneeling can also
be done, taking into consideration the comfort and safety of the woman, of course.
There are as many variations on images and poses for maternity portraits as there are expectant women. Most pregnant women feel naturally drawn to the artier aspects
of black-and-white or warmly-toned sepia prints. Nudes, semi-nudes and silhouettes are popular approaches. However, there are also women who feel more at ease
fully clothed in vibrant color outside in a field. This is your portrait session; most photographers are extremely accommodating. Natural lighting during the daylight hours,
either inside or outside, also is a wonderful way to capture the pregnant form.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, magical time for every woman. Just as we attempt to capture other milestone moments in our lives – a new home, a child's first day of school
and other special occasions – documenting pregnancy through portraits is a wonderful way to capture the vitality and beauty of having a baby.
We have 4 of our own special bundles of joy. At the time of 2 of their births, the best technology available was a 35mm camera. With the expense of the film itself, and the
cost of development we took very few photos. With the arrival of our 3rd, we starting take more photographs, both before and after the birth. Even so, we have very few
pictures of the pregnancy time. With the 4th, we have excellent quality and beautifully composed photographs, and some very special memories of the pregnancy. If we
had the opportunity to go back in time we would surely have captured this special time with pictures. You only have one shot to capture the moment and preserve the
memories that will last a lifetime!!
Beauty of Pregnancy