Moms everywhere are celebrating their bodies and their baby bumps by creating pregnancy portraits with the help of professional photographers. The images that result from a maternity photoshoot are meant to celebrate a woman’s femininity while chronicling her baby’s earliest days. It’s the photography industry’s latest trend, but not every expectant mom is on board with the bare belly fashion. While some moms are certain that pregnancy photography is a must, others are stuck on the fence.
It’s common for women to struggle with body image during the final months of pregnancy, and many find it difficult to feel photogenic during this time. However, sometimes it takes looking through someone else’s lens to get a glimpse of your own pregnancy glow.
If you’re considering pregnancy photography, here are some things to consider:
The Importance of Maternity Photography
Celebrate the anticipation
Becoming a mother is one of the few transformations in our lives that can never be undone and it requires a great deal of preparation and induces a great deal of anticipation. Sharing pregnancy portraits with adult children is a way of sharing the more complete story of their childhood.
All about you
As a professional Washington DC photographer, I work with moms almost every day and I know that they pour everything they have into their families. From stuffing sandwich baggies at 6 AM to shuffling everyone from point A to point B, moms rarely get their due time at the top of the priority list. During a pregnancy portrait session, all the noise of life is stripped away and all that matters is one woman’s connection to herself, her body, and her baby on the way.
Nice & natural
Baby bump photos are not about props, and there are few bells and whistles. Instead the focus is on the curvature of a woman’s body, the way her hands rest on her tummy, the way she smiles every time she imagines the arrival of her child. Maternity photographers often play with dramatic lighting and shooting from extreme angles, but the focus is on keeping things minimalistic and natural.
A question of confidence
Becoming a mother is a time of immense transition and transformation. Maternity portraits help women celebrate their transformation and can actually provide an enormous confidence boost.
Gone in a flash
While women are in the midst of pregnancy nine months can feel like forever, but in the scheme of things pregnancy is a fleeting time. As moms, we know that pregnancy isn’t all about flowers and sunshine. But despite an achy lower back, there is a phenomenal amount of beauty. And it’s beauty that is fleeting – just a few months and the bump is gone. Whether it’s your first and only child or your fifth, every pregnancy carries with it different emotions, sensations, and circumstances. Maternity photos encourage expectant moms to enjoy the present, rather than fast forwarding to what life will be like after delivery.
If you’re considering maternity photography or pregnancy portraits and have some questions about what to expect, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or whomever you’re considering working with. A skilled photographer knows that pregnancy is a sensitive time and should do everything possible to make you at ease before, during, and after your session.
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!