Introducing the “Ultimate Guide to Black & White Maternity Photoshoot”. This 8 part series includes:
- Guide to Belly Shots
- Guide to Family Shots
- Guide to Glamour Shots
- Guide to Abstract Shots
- Guide to Shadows & Silhouettes
- Guide to Just Me Moments
- Tips for the Perfect B&W Maternity Shot
- Black & White: Color of the Soul
I hope this guide ‘Inspires all the Mommy-To-Be’s’ & brings back ‘Beautiful Memories for the Already Mommies’ 🙂
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT B&W MATERNITY SHOT
Ultimate Guide To Black & White Maternity Photoshoot
Presenting the Top Tips for Maternity Photoshoot. These top 15 guides for shooting that Perfect Black & White Maternity Snap. Infact these tips can be used for every type of maternity photoshoot. If I have summarize it in 1 line, would be “Connect. Have Fun. Capture Beautiful Memory”!
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- The memories are for YOU & your family to cherish
- It’s absolutely fine if you don’t want to do a maternity photoshoot. The only difference is that the memories are etched in your mind 🙂 That’s totally normal
- You should define the photoshoot & not the other way around
- The goal is not to make the photoshoot Facebook or Instagram ready!
- Remember, no pressure. Have Fun!
Source: Lulu & Petunia
- Plan between 28 – 34 week of pregnancy, when the bump is round & photoready 🙂
- Don’t plan your photoshoot too early on. The belly may not be very noticeable
- Or plan too late. It would be quite uncomfortable for you to move around or pose
- But again, everyone’s pregnancy is different. So, know these golden rules above. But you are the best judge!
- If you want to chronicle your pregnancy journey and looking for timeline photographs, then you need to plan as soon as you hear the awesome news!
- What memory do you & your family want to capture?
- What memory do want to share with your child?
- Start from there
- Have a fair idea of ‘THE STORY’ in mind before you meet your photographer
- Don’t worry about the poses at this stage
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- Remember that Black & White is just a medium
- Build the story & the rest will follow
- Not all photographs are meant to be Black & White. Don’t force fit
- Start skimming through photographer profiles to choose a style you like & connect with
- Everyone has a unique style. Embrace your choice & work around it
- The choice also depends on the budget, availability, location, etc
- It’s better to start this process early on, to avoid disappointment
- Incase you want to keep this informal, choose a friend or family who has a fair idea of photography. Try a few shots, experiment
Source: Belle Boudoir
- In order to capture the best memories, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your photographer
- There needs to be sense of comfort & trust with the photographer
- I am not asking to be their best friend (if it is, then awesome!). But there needs to be a sense of comfort. For this, you need to just go with your instincts!
- If you are getting family shots, get them to also meet & get comfortable with the photographer
- If you are at ease, that’s already a big battle won!
- Once you have shortlisted the photographer, spend time describing your story narrative
- Show examples of shots you connect with
- Then, allow the expert to use their creative freedom & expertise to do their job
- Do have a conversation & provide feedback – it is required!
- However, don’t micro manage the process
- Trust them to do their job. Remember, you hired a photographer, because you needed an expert
- It will grossly affect the outcome of this project, if you don’t
- Build the storyboard with your photographer
- IMPORTANT: Scout & choose indoor & outdoor locales with the photographers
- It is essential that they know the medium to work with
- Decide on the wardrobes, props, time schedule, etc
- Depending on the storyboard, choose to comfortably pace the photoshoot
- You don’t need to finish the project in 1 day
- If family members are involved, decide the schedule based on their availability
- If kids are a part of the project, ensure they ain’t cranky. Avoid shooting during nap or hunger times
- If you want to chronicle candid shots, allow the photographer to follow your life for a day. You will be amazed at the result!
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- Natural light works best for Black & White shots
- Early morning or early evening time slots are the magic hours. Try to utilize this to the maximum
- Be aware of the weather conditions to plan your maternity photoshoot
- For some shoots, you might need to use studio lights
- Keep white sheer screens handy at home. Would be important to create diffused lights
- For Black & White shoots, try wearing solid patterns of clothing
- Avoid wearing solid Black & white clothes. Although, for a few styles, black & white would be needed
- Varied solid color clothing provide very interesting contrasts in Black & White. It provides very interesting depth & contrast to the images
- For eg: yellow, blue, red will have varied gray profiles and contrasts in Black & White.
- Avoid complex patterns on clothing – like hard stripes, dots, etc. It creates a visual distortion in the images
- Incase you do wear patterns, you could experiment with subtle textures & patterns as on lace, knits, etc.
- To photograph the belly profiles, choose a comfortable, tight & stretchy piece of clothing
- Go on, splurge a bit on your lingerie. Feel beautiful & gear up for glamorous shots! You don’t need to wear granny pants, just coz you are pregnant
- Try flowing long dresses for a more dreamy capture
- Keep a few regular dresses, tank tops, etc handy
- If you have any specific talents like dance, martial arts, etc., gear up on those
- When shooting with family, choose a complementing color scheme
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- Look beautiful & feel beautiful
- A good nights rest is a must, before the shoot
- Go to a spa. Do your nails.
- Get a good makeover done. Look a million bucks! It’s not just for the wedding.
- If exhausted, feel free to rest in between shots. Pace it. There’s no race!
Source: Lulu & Petunia
- Keep a few sheer drapes to diffuse the lights
- A few satin drapes help in a glamorous look
- If you have the baby room in place, you could most of those as props
- If your mom has stored your baby stuff, use them. It’s gonna be one beautiful memory!
- It’s fine to go quirk
- The photographer generally carries most of the props with them
- It is wise to discuss earlier on a color scheme and types of props
- Avoid clutter & too much noise in the background. The beauty of Black & White lies in simplicity
Source: Belle Boudoir
- Trust the expert !
- You are not doing a model shoot. It’s a MOM shoot. So relax.
- It’s OK to be shy. It brings about the best photographs
- Try to get your spouse comfortable. Have a conversation. Ease in
- Kids can be shy around a camera. Give them space & a natural environment. Play. Have Fun
- Don’t try to be a picture. Be yourself. That’s the best capture
- If you are not comfortable with the shot, it’s fine. let it be. You don’t have to go for all in the books
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