Tips for the photoshoot.
Bring everything you might need.
In addition to your camera equipment, you might want wardrobe options, props, and a mirror. Vega says she always brings pasties and double-sided tape to help arrange clothes to cover a subject’s body or hide their underwear while showcasing a baby bump.
Make your subject comfortable.
Third trimester can be an uncomfortable time. As women approach their due date, they may feel self-conscious about their bodies and uncomfortable being photographed. Your first job during a maternity shoot, therefore, is to put them at ease. Buck recommends putting on some music and doing whatever you can to create a relaxed environment.
Tell your client how to pose. That will help them feel more comfortable so you can get the shots you want. “Direct them exactly where they need to put their arm, what they need to do with their head, close their eyes, look down, hold their chin out. Otherwise they’re just standing there, and you’re just taking photographs, and they’re feeling weird,” Buck says.
Note the details.
Get wide, medium, and close-up shots, and include partners and older children in some of them. Shoot from different angles, and keep in mind that people often look their best if the camera is slightly above them. Try posing the mom at a 45-degree angle to the camera to show off the baby bump. Pay close attention to how every part of your subject looks, and don’t hesitate to rearrange wardrobe or hand placement for the best look. Hands above and below the belly can help draw focus to it.
Check your camera settings often.
Look at your camera settings throughout the shoot to make sure you’re capturing as much detail as possible. If you’re shooting outside at sunset, check your histograms and keep adjusting your settings as you lose light. You don’t want to get home and find that half of your photos are dark and grainy. “Get into the habit of making sure that you’re continuously taking a photo, checking, taking a photo, and checking again,” Buck says.