pregnancy pictures• About the Guide
pregnancy picturesThe Basics
pregnancy photography• How to Prepare
Pregnancy tips• Wardrobe

Elements of Posing
maternity photography guide• Posture
Pregnancy tips• Arching
Pregnancy tipsWalkthrough - posture
Pregnancy tips• Gaze
Pregnancy tips• Expression
Pregnancy tips• The Leg Up

Pregnancy photography• Best Foot Forward
belly pics• The Crossover
belly picsWalkthrough the Crossover

Pregnancy photography• Finding a Pose
belly pics• Placement of Hands

Maternity Posing Ideas
pregnancy• The Cradled Belly
maternity• The Proud Mom
belly picsWalkthrough - Proud Mom
belly pics• The Seated Triangle
Pregnancy tips• Just the Belly
Pregnancy photography• The Hands of Love
Pregnancy photography• Over the Belly
Pregnancy tips• Peek-a-boo
Pregnancy tips• The Open Shirt
Pregnancy tips• Face to Face
Pregnancy photography• The Kiss
belly picsWalkthrough - Couples
Pregnancy tips• The Bump
Pregnancy tips• Prom Gone Wrong

Pregnancy tips• Dad & the Belly
Posing with Kids:
Pregnancy tips• Holding the Sibling
Pregnancy photography• Bribes & Trickery
Pregnancy tips• The Sibling & the Belly
Pregnancy tips• The Juggling Act
Pregnancy tips• Dad & the Belly
Pregnancy tipsWalkthrough with children

The Camera Angle
nude pregnancy portraits• The Profile
nude pregnancy portraits• Straight On
nude pregnancy portraits• 3/4 View
nude pregnancy portraits• From Above
nude pregnancy portraits• From Below

Creatiing a Progression
nude pregnancy portraits• How to take a progression

The Maternity Silhouette
nude pregnancy portraits• Rules of the Silhouette

Nude and Semi-Nude
nude maternity photography• The Pregnant Nude
nude pregnancy portraits• Working with Fabrics
nude maternity photography• Coverage I
nude pregnancy portraitsWalkthrough - Coverage
nude pregnancy portraits• Coverage II
nude pregnancy portraits• Coverage for Couples
nude pregnancy portraits• The Demi
nude pregnancy portraits• The Seated Nude
nude pregnancy portraits• The Sweep
nude pregnancy portraitsWalkthrough - Swept Fabric
nude pregnancy portraits• The Horizontal Nude

Photographing yourself
nude pregnancy portraits• What you will need
nude pregnancy portraits• Settings

7 Common Problems with Maternity Portraits
maternity posing ideas• Backdrop Trouble
maternity posing ideas• On Camera Flash
belly pics• Harsh Lighting
maternity portraits• The Window Dilemma
maternity portraits• Lost in the Background

maternity portraits• Unflattering Wardrobe
maternity portraits• Overprocessing

maternity portraitsWalkthrough - Processing


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The Cradled Belly

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Maternity Portrait PosesMaternity Portrait PosesIn this pose, the mom-to-be cradles her belly with her hands counterpoint to each other — one hand up, the other down. The leg closer to the viewer should be a bit forward and may be raised up. A slight turn in the upper torso helps this pose to engage the viewer.

A clear placement of the hands is important. Note that the first portrait on the right is more sucessful because the placement of hands is clear. In the second photo, the fingers are harder to see and create a visual ambiguity. It feels off balance because the mom's left hand is out of view and we don't have any clues to let us know where it is.

With this pose, you have several options based on which hand is forward and where the hands are located. I recommend having the mom-to-be move her hands around and try to feel the baby and the shape of her belly. Starting with the cradled pose, you can experiment with the placement of hands. This will give you more options when you are editing and tends to ellicit a more genuine and positive expression. Having the nearer hand at the top of the belly tends to work better.

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It is also worth experimenting with the overall position of the hands, with the mom feeling her belly. Notice how different the effect is when your subject reverses her hands, brings them together, or looks down at her belly. You don't need to limit yourself to a strict, one hand up, one hand down counterpoint pose. Just keep in mind that if one hand isn't visible, the pose falls out of balance.

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There is also a little trick to this pose. The placement of hands, which are easy to guide, and very low pressure, will also direct your subject's arms, which can be used to help minimize or hide any "back fat." While this is a normal part of pregnancy, most moms-to-be don't want it commemorated. Everyone is different, but this pose gives you an option to make a more flattering photo without saying the words "back fat" out loud - a phrase I recommend avoiding. When you are directing the pose, you may simply ask the mom-to-be to move her arm a bit forward or back in order to make the pose more flattering.

Finally, keep in mind the tip about keeping the best foot forward. It would seem that a pose that is most about hands, belly and expression might be exempt, but compare the three photos below and see what a difference the position of legs makes.




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