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Help with maternity shoot?

 
kaitlyn2004
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May 03, 2012 19:55 |  #1

I have a friend who randomly asked me about a maternity shoot.

I've never done one. Or anything like it. In fact I rarely do portraits.

But I want to give it a try. I realize I probably won't produce superb shots, but I think it's definitely something worth trying and seeing where it goes! At the very least, hopefully it would be a fun session...

Can anyone help me out? General guidelines or tips? Anything that could help with doing this shoot!

Greatly appreciate it - if anyone has links to other maternity shoots for inspiration would appreciate that as well.


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May 04, 2012 11:04 |  #2

For starters, don't bash your talent! Whether you have a dSLR or just a point-and-shoot, there are plenty of things you can do to get the right shot. Without knowing your photography background, it's hard to really know where to start! Please, fill us in so we can help you better! :)

Here are a few "inspiration" threads to help you on your way:
Maternity 1
Maternity 2
Maternity 3

Just search "maternity" on here and you'll find a lot more GREAT examples.

This is a fun technique for some more artistic portraits:
Invisible Black Backdrop (external link)

I've seen a lot of maternity shoots done outside. Do you have a portfolio online you could show us?




  
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May 04, 2012 17:41 |  #3

I already know the invisible black backdrop technique. Guess that's pretty good :)

It seems a lot of the shots definitely focus on the belly. Not seeing very much without the mother-or father's face in the shot...

And LOTS seem to be black+white, soft light.

Any suggestions on getting direction softened light without any shoot-through umbrella or something?


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