What Sets a Maternity Photographer Apart?

A professional maternity photographer is a truly skilled artist who is able to create a lasting image of a pregnant woman, allowing the beauty to shine through. Pregnancy is a truly unique and incredibly special time, and this means it is perfect for portraits to be created as well. However, before you book yourself in, there are a few things you need to think about.

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How to Find a Good Maternity Photographer

While some women want to have their picture taken as soon as they are pregnant, the best time to actually do this is when you are around seven and a half month pregnant. The exception is if you want to create a timeline, showing how your baby has grown over the months.

Next, you need to actually find your maternity photographer. Most will offer free consultations, and you should use this if you can. This is an opportunity for you to find out whether you will be comfortable with the photographer, what their plans are to photograph you, what their prices are, their methods of working and more. It is also an opportunity to look through their portfolio.


There are a few questions in particular that you may want to ask. These include:

  • Do the photographs have to be taken in a studio, or can they come to your home?
  • Do you need any props?
  • What sort of clothes should you wear?
  • How much of your skin will show?
  • Can other family members of pets be included in the photographs?
  • Will you be in a private facility?
  • Will you be given proofs of the photographs, or a CD with the proofs?
  • Are the photographs copyrighted or can you reprint them?
  • Will anyone else see the photographs?
  • Can you include any special effects?

Once you have spoken to a few photographers, you should choose the one that you seem to have gelled with the most. This must related to personality, but also to the end project goals and your budget unfortunately. Make sure you have a good rapport with your photographer, as this will translate into a stunning image.

How to Take Maternity Photographs

The shape of the body of a pregnant woman can be captured in various ways. A lot of women prefer to wear as few clothes as possible, as it accentuates their shape. Thanks to studio lighting, however, the focus can be on your full profile, your belly or any other part of your body. You must discuss what you want to achieve with your photographer.

A maternity picture is a beautiful work of art. Too many women feel they look awful when they are at the height of their pregnancy, but they don’t. They radiate beauty and show what nature is all about. That is something to be celebrated. Finding a good maternity photographer will help you to achieve this, and will allow you to have a permanent momentum of one of the most special times in your life.

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Day Eleven: Household Item

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