Remember that picture perfect couple whose maternity session we recently featured? Ziem was thrilled to then photograph the next “beautiful in blue” family member, newborn Jude.
Ziem loved working with this family again at their stunning South Austin home, which provided plenty of natural light and not one not two, but three helpers in the form of two cats and one dog. The animal assistants provided plenty of entertainment during diaper changes and feedings, offering themselves as both test subjects and the Department of Quality Control (sniffing Ziem’s photography gear).
Sweet Jude couldn’t have been more darling, and he is clearly so loved already. Ziem wasn’t surprised that Noelle and Jeremy were already parenting pros a mere five days into the job. She hopes to continue documenting their journey!
- Form-fitting, long maxi dresses or, if you’re not a dress person, skinny jeans accentuate your belly beautifully. Make sure to go fitted from top to bottom.
- Flowy articles of clothing tend to not flatter as it hides your belly and silhouette while adding unnecessary pounds.
- Step away from loud prints with all-over directional pattern. An exception could be made for accessories and accent items.
- Pops of color and patterns work well in small doses – think scarves, belts, or necklaces.
- Layering items such as scarves, cardigans, a sport coat, and chunky jewelry can quickly diversify the look of an outfit simply by removing these small items.
Documenting a woman’s body during pregnancy can be challenging, but so much fun! With careful planning and a little sensitivity, here are a few helpful tips on how I help my clients prepare for maternity portraits that will be cherished forever. See more from my ongoing series of “Shooting for Success“.
1. When should a maternity session take place?
My favorite time for maternity photos is in the middle to end of trimester two when the point of the shoot (a bump) is obvious and before a mom-to-be starts to retain water. Most first-time mothers can get away with shooting in the third trimester, but it would better serve the client if she can avoid the point of I-Might-Go-Into-Labor-Any-
2. What is the best location for maternity portraits?
I decide on a location based on the client’s individual style and where I feel she would be most comfortable. Whether it will be on location at a park, in a home with natural light with and a photo-ready nursery, or in a traditional setting of a private studio, documenting the anticipation of motherhood varies from person to person. It’s not every day that we carry an additional 20+ pounds while taking sharp kicks to the ribs so be sure to consider the amount of walking and climbing that might be required.
3. Wardrobe tips for a maternity session.
I could do a separate post on this subject, but a few general rules of road for picture-perfect photos.
4. Pre-session pampering.
Pamper yourself before a session. You deserve it! Your hands will be moved and manipulated around the belly – clean, hydrated and manicured nails won’t be regretted later. Have your make up professionally done and go a little heavier than normal (as you would for a night out). Schedule an appointment to have your hair blown out.
5. What are the most flattering maternity poses and angles?
A good photographer must know how to highlight a subject’s best features and make the mom-to-be feel beautiful. Shooting from above compliments the face and rotund belly. Leave a little space in between the waist line and arms to accentuate your curves and shape. I often ask my clients to hold her belly, close her eyes, and think about the baby. She is growing life in her body and needs to remember that soon she will be holding a new baby in her arms! The smile and twinkle in her eyes when she connects with her growing child is all that is needed to create the spectacular shot. The most important thing is to capture the glow of an anticipating mom – that is what she will want to remember most.
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Upon completion of a successful maternity shoot, print and frame your favorite(s). You might not get around to it if you wait until after the newborn arrives. At this point you should also start planning your newborn session. Notify your photographer of your due date as the preferred window of time for shooting a newborn is typically within the first 14 days of life. You should also get an idea of what shots you like and secure the necessary props your photographer may not already have. I’ll be back for my next installment of “Shooting for Success” with helpful tips for planning a newborn session.
It seems appropriate to the maternity mini-session cause that this couple, now with a newborn son, looks so spectacular in shades of baby blue. If it’s possible for not just mom but a couple to have a pregnancy glow about them, these two have it!
Parents-to-be Noelle & Jeremy were referred by the beautiful Aseron family, longtime clients and friends of Ziem’s, so Ziem didn’t expect anything less. Noelle was adorable in her chic wrap dress & impressively high heels.
One of Ziem’s favorite things about maternity shoots is seeing the anticipation of a first child show on the expectant parents’s faces and in their body language. Having Noelle & Jeremy focus on these feelings resulted in some spectacular shots.
Ziem loved working with the Trifiros and was delighted to meet with them again today for their newborn session. Can you imagine all the love they already have for their 5-day old little one? We can’t wait to share them with you.
The Azurin family brings an embrace of pregnancy and parenthood that just shows on camera, don’t you think? These grads of the “belly to birthday” plan are back again with baby #2!
Ziem first worked with the Azurins over two years ago, when she shot their stunning maternity session in downtown Austin, and here they are again today – happy and healthy with another baby boy on the way! Ziem finds such inspiration in mom Dana’s enjoyment of the pregnancy and baby times of life.
Our photographer in chief brought her trademark customer service to this shoot, carefully picking out a location that would complement the blues-and-greys family wardrobe Dana wanted. The day couldn’t have been more gorgeous, with the red background perfectly complementing the outfits, and balloons, bubbles books and toy cars just adding to the fun. Speaking of toy cars, the big-brother-to-be provided the big laugh of the session when he decided Mom’s stomach wasn’t the place for a toy car & abruptly chucked the car away.
Ziem couldn’t be more thrilled to work with them again and to capture the special Baby Boy moments over the course of the next twelve months. The Azurins booked another “belly to birthday” package, ensuring a treasure trove of first year milestone photos for the family.
How to top the ultimate marriage & “Perfect 10″ vow renewal? Produce two adorable children, that’s how – at least, that’s working here for the Francis-Lo family, wouldn’t you agree?
Ziem has worked for both Scott & Cindy shooting corporate events for more than half a decade, so she loved getting to see a different side of them at this winter shoot. In fine family form, their kids proved just as charming & camera-friendly. It comes as no surprise that big sister here is already a small business owner (!) and surely on track to become the President one day:
As always, the family was an absolute delight. They’re some of the hardest working, most genuinely sweet clients with which Ziem has had the pleasure of working. If anyone would be able to top perfection, it’s Scott & Cindy – and Ziem was just grateful to get it on camera!