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Q&A: Maternity photographer?

How do I choose a maternity photographer?

Re: How do I choose a maternity photographer?

The Bump Expert

Maternity portraits are typically taken sometime between 28 and 32 weeks, so there’s not much room for error if you’re not happy with the results. This expert advice will help you choose a photographer who gets it right the first time.

Start Early
Start exploring your options three to four months into your pregnancy, so you have plenty of time to research and compare different photographers, ask questions and address concerns. What’s the price point? What does the package include? Do you feel relaxed with this photographer? Will she be doing the editing? “This is a great time to get to know your photographer a little bit prior to the session so you can be comfortable during the shoot,” says Alicia Gines of California-based Alicia Gines Photography.

Find a Specialist
Browse the photographer’s website to get a feel for her past experience and areas of expertise. Does she have a variety of examples to look at? Does she primarily shoot maternity sessions? That’s a good sign. “Experienced shooters will be familiar with the most flattering angles for your pregnant body, and know how to focus on your belly while deemphasizing other (also expanding!) body parts, like your hips, arms and legs,” says Jennifer Loomis of Jennifer Loomis Photography. “Similar or redundant images on the website can indicate a lack of creative artistry.”

Think About Style
As you consider a photographer, think about what you want your photos to look like. Are you hoping for something artistic and moody, or simple and realistic? Do you want to be in an interesting environment, like the beach, or would you prefer more formal portraits with a simple backdrop? “Find a professional whose work speaks to you and that you can see yourself in,” Gines says. Also ask whether she uses film or digital (or both, which many are able to do). Images shot on film have a soft, organic look that can lend a nostalgic feel, while digital has a sharper quality, vibrant colors and an overall crispness.

Check Referrals
“If you weren't personally referred by someone who already used the photographer and has a positive recommendation, ask them for several referrals to contact,” Loomis says. “These might be posted on the website.”

Think Long Term
Can this photographer also do your newborn portraits? You’re going to spend all this time screening a photographer, and presumably establishing a level of trust, so it makes sense to find someone you can use again. “New people bring uneasy feelings, which can disturb baby,” says Gines. “Trust within the group will make for a comfy newborn, which will lead to great photos.”

Don’t Rule Out DIY
Whether maternity photos aren’t in your budget or you just don’t have the time to schedule a session, you’ll still want to visually document your pregnancy. Trust us: You’ll regret it if you don’t have at least a few photos to look back on once baby is here. Ask your partner or a friend or family member who’s good with the camera to help you out and stage a makeshift photo shoot. For the most flattering photos, head outdoors to shoot during the golden hour (the hour or so right before the sun goes down or right after it comes up), when the light will be ideal for capturing warm, glowing portraits.

Plus, More from The Bump:

Tips for Taking Fun Maternity Photos

7 Ways to Capture the Perfect Maternity Photo

Anisa Arsenault

re: Q: Maternity photographer?

I'd like to correct Jennifer on her comment about only choosing a maternity photographer who shoots with film. I myself am a wedding photographer, who is now pregnant, who shot with film for 12 years and digital for 8 years. Film/dark room prints are not "superior" to digital. Dark room prints are great in quality as is digital. If the photographer using digital is a true professional they will use archival inks and papers that will last just as long as a darkroom print.That being said, it truly comes down to personal preference. Before choosing a photographer, meet with them and take a look at their work. If you are comfortable with him/her and love their work you will be happy with the end result whether it be film or digital.

nikor |

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I would like to give a recommendation for a maternity photographer... she did my wedding and I'm planning on having her due my maternity shoot too. Amanda is fantastic!

WeeOnesMama |

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For some reason the link didn't show up http://www.amandakraftphotography.com/

WeeOnesMama |

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I would also have to say that digital can be just as good as film! I am a pro photographer and often photograph moms-to-be. I would suggest to moms that they pick someone that they feel at ease with. And be thoughtful about what they wear or don't wear! The wardrobe can make a big difference. Go for a timeless classy look. Some ideas: http://corlissblog.com/?p=2212

Kaykay17 |

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you really dont even need a professional my ex mil who just loves playing with pictures did some really good ones of me and my oldest child so if you have a friend who enjoys taking pictures make it fun

michellea123 |

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As a professional photographer myself, I agree that great results can be had with digital as well as film. I also agree that it's important to find a specialist, someone who's experienced with maternity photos will make your experience more rewarding - and comfortable - and the results will be incredible. If anyone has any questions or needs help finding an experienced maternity photographer in their area, contact me - I have an extensive network of fellow photographers around the country and I'd be happy to make a referral.

PhotoStan |

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Forgot to post my web address: www.maternityphotoclassics.com

PhotoStan |

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If you live in Louisville or surrounding areas, Kelly Beach Photography is fantastic and affordable. She does BEAUTIFUL work!! kellybeachphoto.com

AndreaRut |

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Thanks, a lot of useful tips... click

abualk |