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How do I choose a maternity photographer?

Re: How do I choose a maternity photographer?

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Maternity portraits are typically taken sometime between 28 and 32 weeks, so there’s not much room for error if you’re not happy with the results. This expert advice will help you choose a photographer who gets it right the first time.

Start Early
Start exploring your options three to four months into your pregnancy, so you have plenty of time to research and compare different photographers, ask questions and address concerns. What’s the price point? What does the package include? Do you feel relaxed with this photographer? Will she be doing the editing? “This is a great time to get to know your photographer a little bit prior to the session so you can be comfortable during the shoot,” says Alicia Gines of California-based Alicia Gines Photography.

Find a Specialist
Browse the photographer’s website to get a feel for her past experience and areas of expertise. Does she have a variety of examples to look at? Does she primarily shoot maternity sessions? That’s a good sign. “Experienced shooters will be familiar with the most flattering angles for your pregnant body, and know how to focus on your belly while deemphasizing other (also expanding!) body parts, like your hips, arms and legs,” says Jennifer Loomis of Jennifer Loomis Photography. “Similar or redundant images on the website can indicate a lack of creative artistry.”

Think About Style
As you consider a photographer, think about what you want your photos to look like. Are you hoping for something artistic and moody, or simple and realistic? Do you want to be in an interesting environment, like the beach, or would you prefer more formal portraits with a simple backdrop? “Find a professional whose work speaks to you and that you can see yourself in,” Gines says. Also ask whether she uses film or digital (or both, which many are able to do). Images shot on film have a soft, organic look that can lend a nostalgic feel, while digital has a sharper quality, vibrant colors and an overall crispness.

Check Referrals
“If you weren't personally referred by someone who already used the photographer and has a positive recommendation, ask them for several referrals to contact,” Loomis says. “These might be posted on the website.”

Think Long Term
Can this photographer also do your newborn portraits? You’re going to spend all this time screening a photographer, and presumably establishing a level of trust, so it makes sense to find someone you can use again. “New people bring uneasy feelings, which can disturb baby,” says Gines. “Trust within the group will make for a comfy newborn, which will lead to great photos.”

Don’t Rule Out DIY
Whether maternity photos aren’t in your budget or you just don’t have the time to schedule a session, you’ll still want to visually document your pregnancy. Trust us: You’ll regret it if you don’t have at least a few photos to look back on once baby is here. Ask your partner or a friend or family member who’s good with the camera to help you out and stage a makeshift photo shoot. For the most flattering photos, head outdoors to shoot during the golden hour (the hour or so right before the sun goes down or right after it comes up), when the light will be ideal for capturing warm, glowing portraits.

Plus, More from The Bump:

Tips for Taking Fun Maternity Photos

7 Ways to Capture the Perfect Maternity Photo

Anisa Arsenault

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I'd like to correct Jennifer on her comment about only choosing a maternity photographer who shoots with film. I myself am a wedding photographer, who is now pregnant, who shot with film for 12 years and digital for 8 years. Film/dark room prints are not "superior" to digital. Dark room prints are great in quality as is digital. If the photographer using digital is a true professional they will use archival inks and papers that will last just as long as a darkroom print.That being said, it truly comes down to personal preference. Before choosing a photographer, meet with them and take a look at their work. If you are comfortable with him/her and love their work you will be happy with the end result whether it be film or digital.

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I would like to give a recommendation for a maternity photographer... she did my wedding and I'm planning on having her due my maternity shoot too. Amanda is fantastic!

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For some reason the link didn't show up http://www.amandakraftphotography.com/

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I am with Nikor on this one! I am a professional photographer, and while I do not "specialize" in maternity. I generally have 1 maternity session a month. Regardless of what you are shooting there is slight difference in film and digital that is only apparent to the very very trained eye. I was trained with shooting film and made the switch to digital 2 years ago. Not one client noticed or cared. More importantly I was satisfied with my prints. I suggest finding a photographer by looking at their style and work as a whole, then make sure you have a nice chat with them about what your are wanting and expecting. You will have a much better experience with someone you are comfortable around. As for the timing, listen to you body. I have had women who were miserable and could barely move throughout the session becuase they waited so long. The size of your bump is not nearly as important as what is inside! :)

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I am wondering who wrote this article... I can't imagine a photographer who wasn't involved in the editing process... all the photographers I researched when I was searching for the right one had great work, and in order to do that, and be the artists that they are, they have to edit the photos and make them the way they look. And why film? My photographer used digital and they look fantastic. And I was able to purchase the CD after she retouched the photos I selected for my coffee table book of the session. She was great - and I chose her for the following reasons - which I think are really important in choosing who you're going to have shoot your pictures. 1) I liked her style - all the photographers had their own style 2) She was a nice person and I knew she'd make us feel at ease. Her blog showed this. 3) Her rates were better than the other two I was considering 4) She was recommended by a friend at work and from that point on - after looking at all the pricing and asking a few questions (I wanted to make sure I could purchase the CD if I wanted to) I left it up to her because she obviously knew what she was doing. :) Here's her website if you want to see her work - I think the photos I'm using on here of my little Jacob's feet is on there! http://fellephotography

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A few months ago i discovered the best maternity/children photographer in new york city. his name is harry fayt and he did an AMAZING job with my family portraits. http://www.harryfaytstudio.com/

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I am also a professional photographer and while I don't specialize in maternity photos, I have done them, along with weddings, newborns, family sessions, etc. I find it interesting the photographer answering this post said to choose someone who shoots with film. I think you will be hard pressed to find a photographer that still shoots in film. I'm sure they are out there, but almost everyone has switched to digital. And the quality is still the same. I echo some of the other poster's (photographers) comments about doing your research and finding someone you are truly comfortable with.

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rachelleighphotography.com Rochester, NY

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My husband and I were married two years ago, and now expecting our first child. We are using the same photographer as we did with our wedding.

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Houston, TX area photographer with almost 2 decades of experience, and specializes in bellies & babies... Will shoot on location, and bring mobile studio to you in the comfort of your own home, or hospital room (for newborn sessions) Her extensive portfolio and contact info can be found at: http://www.jrenee-design.com

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