What should I look for when looking for a good maternity photographer?
Portraits of pregnant women are typically taken between 28 and 32 weeks. Check out these tips to get it right the first time.
Don’t wait too long! Make sure you research your options at the end of your first trimester, so you can ask questions and address concerns. Do you know the price? Is there anything included in the package? What’s your feeling about this photographer? Is she doing the editing?
Identify A Specialist! Get a feel for the photographer’s past experience and expertise by checking out her website. Get examples from her maternity sessions.
Style Matters! Consider what you want your photos to look like before hiring a photographer. You want something artistic and moody, or something simple and realistic? Do you want your photos to be in an interesting environment, or do you want more formal ones with a simple background? Look for someone whose work resonates with you and who you can see yourself in! You should also ask whether she uses film or digital (or both). Film shots have a soft, organic look that’s nostalgic, while digital photos have more sharpness, vivid colors, and overall clarity.
Get referrals! Ask the photographer for several referrals to contact if you aren’t personally referred by someone who has used the photographer and has a good review. You might find them on the website.
Invest in the long run! Would this photographer be able to do newborn portraits too? It makes sense to get someone who you’ll be able to use again after screening a photographer.
Don’t rule DIY out! No matter how much money you have or how little time you have, you’ll still want to visually document your pregnancy. You’ll regret not getting a few pictures once the baby comes if you don’t. Ask a friend or family member who’s good with a camera to help you stage a makeshift shoot. When shooting outdoors, go during the golden hour (just before sundown or just after sunrise), when the light will be perfect for capturing warm, glowing portraits.
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