Demi Moore may have started it all off, but there’s no doubt that pregnancy photography has developed into a niche market over the last few years.
When the American actress first posed for ‘that’ pic – naked and with her hands covering up the necessary bits – she could scarcely have imagined that – over the next 20 odd years – thousands of women around the world would try to emulate her iconic pose – and not always 100 per cent successfully!
In fact, it’s probably true to say that, since the image has been replicated so many times, it has become a bit clichéd…
So how do you go about creating an original pregnancy pic that shows you off at your best?
The first thing you need to consider is the optimum time to get your pic taken. If you do it too early in your pregnancy, you’ll not capture the full extent of the changes to your body. Most professional photographers will recommend around the 34-38 week mark when you’ll be between eight and eight and a half months pregnant, and when your belly will be fully rounded. If you leave it any later, you may go into labour and won’t be able to have a photo taken.
Naked or not?
Ah, the BIG question! Thanks to Demi Moore, the first question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you want to photographed in the buff. Moore set the bar quite high with her ultra-professional image which, as a result of both her celebrity status – and despite her naturally stunning looks – was most probably airbrushed, so this issue will depend entirely on how comfortable you are with your own body, and also how much confidence you have in your photographer. A quick scan of the internet will throw up a multitude of photographers, who now specialise in this type of photography, so it’s a good idea to research the type of pics that they take and choose one with whom you feel totally comfortable. Being able to point to a particular photo and say ‘that’s what I’d like’ is worth its weight in gold!
Building a relationship with your photographer
A good pregnancy photographer will provide a session that is situated in a very quiet, peaceful location, where you are given enough time and space to focus on you and your baby. Most photographers will offer a session of between one and two hours and, during this time, you’ll be able to hopefully build a rapport. This will undoubtedly allow for a more relaxed session where you’ll feel as if you’re catching up with an old friend. Relaxing music, coffee and a ‘chilled’ atmosphere will all add to the session and help set the scene for a stunning set of photographs.
One of the main decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want to just have your bump photographed or whether you’ll be ‘in the pic’ too! ‘Belly only’ pics tend to be more artistic, although it’s fair to say that the belly alone doesn’t provide much of a context for the pic. There’s nothing in the picture about you or your feelings and, without context, the belly is nothing more than an object. Perhaps you could ask the photographer to take a few of your belly on its own in addition to others in which the rest of you appears.
Solo or duo?
There’s a growing trend for daddy to be involved in pregnancy photography sessions. Photos of the dad to be with his hands on the bump, or embracing the mum to be from behind are all gaining in popularity. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you decide to go down this route. Again, why not go for a selection of you alone and you with your partner?
Lumps and bumps
Regardless of whether you choose to show a little or a lot, the practicalities of a photo shoot featuring your bump means that you shouldn’t wear anything elastic over any area that’s going to show for a few hours before you pose. This will ensure that you have no visible panty line or marks around the area that’s to be photographed.
Follow our tips and you’ll give Miss Moore a run for her money in the pregnancy photo shoot stakes!