As a New Jersey Maternity Photographer, I am always asked about ideas from my potential maternity clients. My brain constantly in a thought process because of that. Not seeing people and doing consultations over the phone makes it even harder. So I am trying to get clients to meet with me and we can go through some photos and see what they like and how we can achieve something similar. My first few steps are to ask clients their likes and dislike about the photo sessions and what locations they would consider. It helps me to understand how far let’s say in nudity are they willing to go or how far are they willing to travel to achieve something stunning.
When potential clients are asking a studio or home location, I know my work is even harder. Having a plain background in a space, you have to be more creative. Poses are the most important thing in photography, one little wrong move and the photo may not be as great, the expression on client’s face can either add or break the composition of that portrait. As a photographer, you have to be in the moment and see if your client is doing what you are asking them to do and they have to do it naturally and you are reaching your aspiration.
I would like to show you some of my old photographs that I believe they achieved their purpose in by being a great pose. It is not even about the subject but it’s about a pose. Of course, the women were beautiful and created stunning portraits but the poses were great and as long the subject is comfortable and flexible enough to do this pose, it can be done with anyone.
You might ask what flexibility has to do with a woman holding her belly, hands, are the most beautiful and yet can be the most complicated parts of our body. Ballerinas have to practice for hours to learn how to make their hands flexible and gracious in moves. It would be definitely the easiest sessions if all pregnant ballerinas came to me to be photographed. I had only couple and boy do they create stunning photos! But, I am working with many regular ladies that get nervous and stiff their hands and can’t let it go. So remember, for great photos you need great hands!