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Old 3rd of May 2012 (Thu)   #1
kaitlyn2004
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Default Help with maternity shoot?

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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Old 4th of May 2012 (Fri)   #2
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Default Re: Help with maternity shoot?

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

I've seen a lot of maternity shoots done outside. Do you have a portfolio online you could show us?
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Old 4th of May 2012 (Fri)   #3
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Default Re: Help with maternity shoot?

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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