We are delighted to have the talented Jessica Bender with us today giving you tips and ideas on how to shoot maternity photographs of the mom to be. Jessica is a photographer located in Victoria BC, Canada specializing in maternity, newborn, children and family photography.
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- How did you get your start in the industry?
- Favorite perk of the job?
- What are your favorite maternity photography trends right now?
- What location is your favorite to shoot maternity sessions?
- When in the pregnancy is the best time to do a maternity shoot?
- Please share in detail your favorite maternity shoot you did.
I started my journey as a professional photographer in June 2012. Before 2012, I was an avid hobbyist, and had the privilege of photographing pregnant family, and friends. To these families, I am eternally grateful. I was able to learn what works, what doesn’t, and to develop my own personal style.
Helping pregnant women to see how beautiful they are. At the end of a pregnancy, most women are feeling pretty tired, and not much like themselves. I LOVE it when a client responds to viewing their gallery with phrases like “I look quite pretty,” or “I didn’t realize I still looked sexy.” Heck yah you do, and work it!!
My favorite maternity trend right now is boudoir, or what I like to call momoir. I guess it ties in with the question above. I just love it when a mama to be embraces her sensuality, and her bare beautiful belly. Some of my maternity boudoir clients have been so generous to allow me to share their images, and have been a true inspiration to new clients of mine, who ask specifically for this kind of session.
The ocean for sure. I am so lucky to live somewhere that has some of the most gorgeous landscape on earth! The way the wind blows, the light, the colors; I could shoot at the ocean each, and every day.
I personally suggest between 32 and 36 weeks, favoring the latter. You want to catch that nice full belly, but you don’t want mom to be too uncomfortable yet. I also take birth history, medical conditions, and mom’s general health into consideration.
My absolute favorite maternity shoot was in the Summer of 2014. I met the clients at a local field, an hour before sunset. The sun dips below the trees, and completely lights up a long grass field. Mom arrived in a cream colored, boho dress, long hair flowing and flower crown, and I knew then; the light, the outfit, the land, it was a recipe for amazingness. I had mom walk amongst the tall grass, and down the paths that ran between. She was an amazing subject, using the foliage, and the light like a pro. It was one of those moments of flow. Everything else was forgotten.
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