When my wife was pregnant with our second child it took us until month eight to realize didn’t have any nice photos of her pregnant. As parents know, with the second, third, fourth child and so on, some of those priorities you had the first time around take a back seat and suddenly you find yourself packing your hospital bag. One regret I had was not documenting my wife’s growing belly earlier on.
Although I got a late start, we had fun including our 20 month old daughter in the pictures too. Like many portraits, one key piece of advice is to put your sitter(s) at ease. Especially for pregnant women, who, if they’re like my wife, are not totally comfortable being pregnant, it’s key to get them relaxed so it’s a fun and rewarding experience.
If you have other children, get them in the action. At the time, our toddler had fun comparing belly buttons and trying to listen to her sister inside the womb. I was able to capture those once in a lifetime shots since they were engaged in something else and not necessarily aware of me taking pictures.
I love to shoot in black & white. It’s classic and of course, timeless. Also, it really helps neutralizes things if the location has a lot of clutter or distracting color. Additionally, for a sitter who might not be thrilled with the camera documenting every flaw or imperfection, black and white goes a long way to softening the edges.
Turn off your flash. Natural light has a nice warm glow and you will avoid the harsh artificial light a flash can produce.
Last bit of advice – if you’re thinking of chronicling your baby once he/she arrives, this is a great way to start your baby Shutterfly Share site. Later on your child will have fun looking at the photos and, as our daughter tells us, “remembering what it was like to be in there!”