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Tips from a professional maternity photographer July 18, 2011

Filed under: Maternity,Prep,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 10:46 am

Here are some tips for the do it yourselfer’s…

1 – Use a self timer and experiment! Set the camera on a tripod or a higher piece of furniture and work those curves.

2 – Rub that belly. Before taking pictures remove elastic on your tummy for 1-2 hours and massage the belly with lotion.

3 – Wear tight fitting clothes or break out the cute boy shorts and tank tops and strike a pose.

4 – Ask a partner to stand on an area higher than you and shoot downwards towards the belly for a better view.

5 – Photograph yourself in the mirror (no flash).

6 – Simplify your surroundings – remove the clutter so you can focus on the tummy.

7 – If you have other children, get them involved. Ask them to take a picture or use a self timer on both of you.

And if you go the professional route:

1 – Do your research and find a photographer who specializes in pregnancy portraiture – and newborn too!

2 – Don’t settle – find a photographer whose work you enjoy and don’t just grab anybody.

3 – Decide where you are most comfortable- home or on-location such as the park.

4 – Get plenty of sleep before the big day.

5 – On the day of the shoot, eat a great big meal and lots of water. Pregnancy sessions can be tiring. You want to be well-fed and hydrated.

6 – Rest up and don’t stand too much before your session.

7 – If the veins in your hands are bulging, raise them up above your head for a few minutes between photos.

8 – Grab your partner, baby’s sibling or pets and include them in the photo.

9 – Bring sentimental items such as baby shoes, jewelry, or items handed down from other generations, and include them in the photo.

10 – Have fun and relax. There is no other time quite like this!

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2 Responses to “Tips from a professional maternity photographer”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I love reading these:) It makes me want another baby!

    • Bouncin' Baby Photography Says:

      YES!! And I want to photograph that pregnancy and baby too 🙂 I love seeing little Miss grow. She is so beautiful it doesn’t seem right for you not to have a whole house full of beautiful children.


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