HOW TO CHEAT AT MATERNITY PHOTOS (AND GET AWAY WITH IT)
If you are expecting and interested in documenting your pregnancy, you probably already suffer from a severe Pinterest addiction (or was that just me?). But you're probably wondering how on Earth these women pull it with their extra 30lbs, and seriously question whether or not Elite Models have a pregnancy subdivision where maternity photographers cast their mamas, because there is no way an everyday pregnant woman can look like that.
But here is the thing. I know how to shoot woman. So in order to help you rock your maternity shoot like a pregnant Vanity Fair movie star, I'm going to share with you the recommendations I give to all my clients, so they can cheat like a pro and get images they won't resist to print and hang over the fireplace!
Here are my 5 tips for a successful maternity shoot:
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1. Schedule your maternity shoot for between 27 and 34 weeks of your pregnancy
Although every woman is different, before 27 weeks of pregnancy may not allow the belly to be prominent enough to show a beautiful bump silhouette. Past 34 weeks, you may start to feel uncomfortable.
Some women can experience insomnia, and it's not uncommon to start to feel a little more swollen. And while I will always flatter your body with good lighting and posing, it's harder to feel confident and mindful when you feel engorged and energy depleted. So if you want to maximize your chance to enjoy your photoshoot and stay true to the bliss of your own pregnancy, let's aim for this ideal timeframe!
2. Hire a photographer that practices Modern Retouching
A few years ago, airbrush became a trend. Its current fallouts are all the Snapchat filters that make anyone's skin look... well... non-existent?
Paralleled to that, more and more women are asking for the truth to be finally showed, and the rawness and uniqueness of their body to be accepted: I've always felt very in tune with that message. This is what empowerment feels and looks like to me!
OF COURSE you are not hiring a professional photographer so (s)he can enlarge a high resolution close-up of your cellulite (*scream*). And that's where a very comprehensive approach of retouching (and pregnancy!) comes into play.
My deal is to capture the best version of you during that moment. Your body is the star of the show and should be honored with that in mind. And my modern retouching techniques are here to compliment your curves without altering the skin texture. By subtly brightening dark irregularities (cellulite, circles, stretch marks), removing stupid flyaways, and temporary imperfections such as acne, which are not to be considered as a representative of you, we can stay truthful and ditch the non-essential. Unless you want them to bring the focus on your story as a mother-to-be, and the intense power of your pregnant body.
Either way, no one will end up telling you that you don't look like yourself on that photo!
New Jersey Fine Art Maternity photographer