Most moms-to-be want to remain covered in some way for semi-nude or implied nude images. Often this means wearing fabric or underwear for bottoms and covering her breasts with her hands or arms.
The most logical and straightforward way to cover the breasts is simply to place one hand on each. As a method it can afford a good deal of control and is very simple to figure out. But depending on the attributes of the model, there could be challanges.
The effectiveness will depend a good deal on the mom-to-be's proportions, the angle of the photo and, as with many photos, on the comfort of the mom-to-be.
As you can see from the examples below, this form of coverage varies from model to model.
Photographing this pose from straight ahead does not always work. In the example below, note how the lines and curves are more evident and read better from a 3/4 view.
Even with a pose as simple and straightfoward as this, the placement of the hands can make quite a bit of difference as in the examples below.
The whole of the pose also makes a difference. The lessons from earlier in the guide still apply. Such as keeping the best foot forward.
Each of the four poses below use the same method of coverage, but there is a good deal of difference in how each photo reads.
Because this method is revealing and can be suggestive it can be difficult for the mom-to-be to feel relaxed. One thing to watch out for is an awkward "clutching," usually a symptom of nerves. This makes for a poor photo.