Congratulations, mama-to-be! Whether you are about to welcome your first newborn or add another tiny tot to your family, we are here to help you celebrate and learn how to pose for the perfect pregnancy pic. A maternity photoshoot is a wonderful way to celebrate and honour your role as a mother, while simultaneously capturing beautiful shots of you and your growing family to cherish through the years to come.
At the same time, we know that maternity photos can be awkward or even stress-inducing for some women. From finding the right gowns to wear at a maternity photoshoot to figuring out the cost of a maternity photoshoot, it could easily become a little too much to handle.
Add to the equation the decision about how to pose in front of a camera, and there’s a chance that the mom-to-be will cancel the whole session. Fear not-this guide will give you all the posing tips you need to make your photoshoot go smoothly and successfully, all while you’re looking great and feeling comfortable.
Tips For an Easy Shoot
Rest assured that your photographer will capture the best shots of you. An experienced professional will help you pose and walk you through the shoot so that you aren’t nervous. That is what real photographers excel at—making you look great and comfortable. If you are taking the extra step to prep in advance, here are a few pointers we want to pass along:
There will be plenty of time for your partner or other kiddos to jump in pictures too. But allow the focus of the shoot to be on you, the beautiful mother-to-be, and the life growing inside of you. Don’t worry if you’re uncertain, we’ll show you how to stand, how to pose. Just feel your connection with your baby.
Bring Different Wardrobe Options
Can you think back to an outfit that instantly made you feel confident? That is the power of a great outfit-what you wear matters! When you are preparing for a photoshoot, be sure to bring wardrobe options that excite you and make you feel good. What colour flatters your skin tone and your eye colour? What hairstyle makes you feel your best? The more confident you feel, the more it will show on camera.
Keep Safety First
Your safety is of the utmost importance during a photoshoot. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured by the internet or your photographer. If there are poses that make you uncomfortable or if you have any physical limitations, let it be known.
Be Photographed at an Angle
Being photographed straight on presents some challenges. First, the camera misses out on the bump-your pregnant body is beautiful because it carries life. Find comfort and joy in showing off your belly. After all, this is the reason why you are taking maternity photographs in the first place, so flaunt it!
In addition, being photographed straight on can sometimes make a woman look like she’s simply bigger, not pregnant. Shooting from the side allows your bump to be highlighted, and that is the main focus of the shoot.
Your photographer is an expert in guiding your body to move naturally. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to incorporate natural movement into your photos:
- Bend your knee gently. Alternate bent knees between shots.
- Tuck your hair behind your ear for a few shots. This will allow the photos to highlight your arms and your wrists, further emphasising your baby bump.
Remember why you’re doing this: to celebrate the life growing inside of you. There is so much beauty, happiness, and joy developing between you and your baby. Allow yourself to feel relaxed and treat this as a celebration.
The key to a great pose comes down to these questions:
- Are you sitting or standing?
- Where are your hands placed?
- Are you interacting with your clothes?
- Where are you looking?
- What else is in the photos?
Last but not least, your facial expression should be relaxed and joyful for the photo to capture the essence of your pregnancy. Of course, professional photographers at Valent Lau are ready to help you feel as at ease as possible for your entire shoot. Reach out today and we’ll get started on planning the perfect, seamless maternity photoshoot for you!
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