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There are only a few portrait sessions where every photograph deserves to be in black and white. This is one of those sessions. Mischa was sent to me by one of my old friends who is now a birth doula at Creating Your Calm in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a pilates-based physical therapist and part owner at InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham. Cool, right??!!?! Well, it continues to get cooler. Her husband is a classically trained singer and made it to Hollywood on American Idol a couple of years ago! And he’s a personal trainer as well as a bartender. So, really this baby is going to come out gorgeous, strong, super smart, a people person, and multi-talented;)Mischa’s session took place at 2pm in Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. It was about 127 degrees and humid out, but it did not phase this mama one bit. She was completely calm and into the whole thing. She is my role model;)When looking through her photographs I just visualized each and every one of them in a very simple and classic black and white. I felt that any color would be a distraction from how simply beautiful Mischa is at this point in her pregnancy.

Equipment used: Pentax K5, 70mm 2.4, 35mm 2.8 macro, 50mm 1.4

photo credits: Courtney Kerr


Birth Photography Basics

Birth photography has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years, and yet the intimacy and sacredness of this form of photography has remained. I have had other photographers ask me many questions related to capturing this important event, and I’m excited to share some of my tips and suggestions here.

First, I’m most often asked how a photographer can find opportunities to capture a birth. My suggestion is always to ask family and friends. Those closest to you are most likely to give you access to this very special time. If that’s not an option, try networking with some doulas and midwives. Let them know you are interested in photographing a birth, and you’re likely to get connected with some interested families.
Also, what does this typically look like for a photographer? Plan on being on-call for 3 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after the person’s due date. Babies come on their own time, and it can be in the middle of the night. Make sure you have multiple game plans for childcare if you have your own little ones, so you can be sure to stick with your commitment.

Another question I’m often asked is what kind of gear a photographer should have when photographing a birth. Some basic essentials are a DSLR that handles low-light situations well, a fairly wide angle lens that also has the ability to open to a wide aperture (35mm for a crop sensor, 50mm for a full-frame is a good bet), and a speedlight is also a bonus in case the room is very dark. A tip about the speedlight – make sure to discuss the mom’s wishes about this prior to the birth, and be prepared to explain that in very low-light situations, one may be necessary in order to capture the photos she’s looking for.
Some other topics to discuss with the mom-to-be:
- Does she want you to document the entire labor/delivery to record the story of the whole experience, or is she looking more for photos as she’s actively laboring/pushing and delivering?
- What is her feeling about photos of the baby as he/she is coming out? Where would she like you to be standing during this time?
- If she’s birthing in the hospital, have her find out if photography is allowed, and what the policy is for a c-section (elective or emergency)
- How long after the baby is born would she like you to stay? Does she want photos of the baby nursing the first time? Baby’s first bath? Baby being weighed?

And finally, I’m often asked what is a good price and package for birth photography. Obviously, this will vary greatly depending on your local market, but some things to keep in mind are your costs, your estimated time at the birth (and this varies greatly from mom to mom as well), as well as any products you’d like to include in the package. I’ve found that moms really like a comprehensive package that includes all of the digital images, and I think including an option for prints or an album is a really great option too. Births require a lot of time and work, both during the labor/delivery, as well as when processing the images afterward, so be sure to account for all of your time.

There is truly nothing more magical and spectacular than photographing the arrival of a new life into the world, and I feel so blessed that I’ve been a part of that gift for so many families, and hope that you get to experience that as well.

Tiffany is a photographer in the Greater Seattle area and has been happily married to her husband Ryan for 4 years. She is Mommy to Ben (3) and Henry (1).  She started her photography journey 2.5 years ago, and shot her first birth, that of her nephew, nearly 2 years ago.  Aside from her photography, Tiffany spends most of her time playing with and entertaining her two rambunctious little men. View her work at and


Be Featured: Ashley Knolla of Kay & Bee Studios



D’ialle came ALIVE during our session. When they say pregnant women have a little glow, they haven’t met D’ialle. She’s got a LOT of golden glimmery glow! She was singing and making me laugh and we were absolutely having a blast. I loved her confidence and she really made me just LOVE the final product.

Equipment used: I used a Canon 5D Mark II with my go-to 50mm 1.8!

photo credits: Ashley Knolla


It’s a planner giveaway!!


Let’s all give some high fives to:

Julie Laszczak & Lauren Gilkey

They are the 2 winners of the giveaway posted below. Yay!!

THANK YOU everyone who entered!! I wish so much that I could send each & every one of y’all a planner. The kind things y’all had to say about the planner touched my heart so much. I am so excited for everyone to receive theirs!! The planners will begin shipping at the end of July.

Y’all, my mind is blown! Seriously blown!! This launch of the planner has been AH-MA-ZING!!!! You guys have been so supportive and wonderful, and I just want to hug each and every one of y’all! I wish there was a way I could personally say thank you to every single person… but since that’s impossible, I’ll just keep doing giveaways!

Tomorrow, July 10, is the FINAL day to preorder your planner. After tomorrow, you won’t be able to order a planner until after August. Yikes! That will be sure to bum several of y’all out, and I only want happy faces round here!

AND…even bigger news to report is that there are ONLY 105 planners left to even order. Once those 105 planners are gone, that’s it folks. I have only ordered a certain amount from my manufacturer, and unless I order in that same huge bulk number, I can’t order anymore. Let me tell y’all a little secret… Last year the majority of orders were AFTER the preorder period & my theory on that is once the planners were shipped and in your hot little hands, everyone realized how awesome they were and HAD TO HAVE ONE. Y’all, I expect this year to be no different because this year’s planner is exceptional. (well, there is one difference…this year, preorder numbers have been utterly amazing and blown last year’s out of the water…so there are even less planners this year than there were last year after preorders!!)

That 105 number goes down every single day, and who knows…maybe we will sell out with preorders….so if you want a planner, don’t delay!!


AND, remember!!!, EVERY preorder is automatically qualified for a chance to be shipped in a new Jo Totes camera bag with an ipad mini and the Preveal App, with a $100 promo card from Black River Imaging, a $50 gift card from photo card boutique and a special surprise from MpixPro (PLUS a few goodies from me!!)


ANYWAYS!!!! On to the good stuff:)

How about a giveaway!!!!

TWO winners will be chosen via rafflecopter to each receive a free planner (& be qualified for the surprise giveaway!!). The giveaway will begin immediately and end tomorrow night at midnight! Winners will be notified on Friday, July 12. If you have already purchased and you win, I will happily refund your money:)

How to enter: You can have up to 5 entries! Enter using rafflecopter below, and here is a summary of each entry.

1. Like Girl Hearts Camera on facebook  2. Like Paper & Camera on facebook   3. Share the photo below that will be posted on Girl Hearts Camera facebook page (you can do this more than once!)  4.Leave a blog comment that you’ve completed these entries. 5. Leave a separate blog comment about the planner. Tell me what you’re looking forward to most about owning the planner or how the planner will help you!


Boom, Bam, Done. Easy Peasy:)


(pssstttt…this photo below is the one that you’ll need to look for on the Girl Hearts Camera facebook page & share;))


…And go!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kahla FiskJuly 10, 2013 - 11:30 pm

I would love this planner to help organize my business a little more. I also love the fact that it has an area to track spending!

Kahla FiskJuly 10, 2013 - 11:28 pm

I completed all of the requirements! :)

jessJuly 10, 2013 - 10:38 pm

oh my- so cute and so awesome!!

SavannahJuly 10, 2013 - 9:36 pm

I am looking forward to this planner to keep me organized and professional. And cuz it’s just so darn cute!

SavannahJuly 10, 2013 - 9:35 pm

I shared and liked all. I am just so in love with your page and postings. I check your page out everyday, there is just something about it that makes me smile :) Hope I win!

Jenn HoffmannJuly 10, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Loved my planner from last year, would love to win another!

Lauren GilkeyJuly 10, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Would love to win one of these awesome planners! :)

kristenJuly 10, 2013 - 8:40 pm

YAY! I’m so excited! I loved last years planner and can’t wait for this one!

Micah CraneJuly 10, 2013 - 7:52 pm

It will help me keep organized so can grow

Erin PerrymanJuly 10, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Excited and can’t wait… last year’s helped me stay so organized!

Erin PerrymanJuly 10, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Awesome planner… used my last one ALL the time! Can’t wait for the new one!!
Liked and shared :)

KrystalJuly 10, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Definitely seems like a great tool

cathyJuly 10, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Commented!! I think this will WOW everyone, and keep me organized to boot!! Love it!! Thanks for the opportunity!! fingers X’d!!

sarah normanJuly 10, 2013 - 5:55 pm

This planner would definitely help keep me organized and have all of my info in one place!!!

sarah normanJuly 10, 2013 - 5:54 pm

I completed all of the requirements! Love this planner!

Madison ViningJuly 10, 2013 - 4:38 pm

I am excited about maybe possibly hopefully finally getting ORGANIZED!

Madison ViningJuly 10, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Steps completed! : )

court kerrJuly 10, 2013 - 3:35 pm

it would be amazing to have one place to keep everything organized!!! i have been using computer programs to record certain things, phone apps, calenders, sticks notes, and my brain to try and keep everything stored and it is totally failing me :(

court kerrJuly 10, 2013 - 3:32 pm

super stoked for this giveaway!

Brenna p.July 10, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Your beautiful planner would help keep me organized just like last years planner did last year! :)

brenna pJuly 10, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Completed all tasks, you are guys are simply amazing!

leann smithJuly 10, 2013 - 11:55 am

Started out recently and things are already heating up. With my fulltime job and mommy of 3 I need something to boost me up and give me the base I need to succed. I beleive whole heartedly that your planner will be that and allow me to follow my dreams. Goodness I hopeI win:)

JenniferJuly 10, 2013 - 11:49 am

I’ve completed all entries! Thank you!!

JenniferJuly 10, 2013 - 11:48 am

Would LOVE one of these planners. They look AMAZING and I love the idea of everything being all together!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

britny sirotakJuly 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

I’ve tried other planners and they were not specifically for photographers. I’m hoping to get more out of something that is for ME!

Denise EddieJuly 10, 2013 - 11:34 am

Having this planner would be a dream. I go between so many different mediums for organizing right now to keep track of everything. Post it notes around my computer screen, calendar app on my phone, calendar on the wall and in my purse…try to remember to keep everything up to date…its a tedious task. It would be a major blessing to have everything I need all in one place. This sounds like the perfect thing for me. Not just for sessions but the whole business side!

britny sirotakJuly 10, 2013 - 11:34 am

Crossing my fingers!!!

Denise EddieJuly 10, 2013 - 11:31 am

wonderful giveaway! I’ve been eyeing this since you posted it! Beautiful!!!!! I shared on my fb personal and business pages!

BrookeJuly 10, 2013 - 11:29 am

Also, I’m so excited about all the tips that will be included in the planner… Hoping it will help get organized! :)

Brooke BeesonJuly 10, 2013 - 11:28 am

I’ve already pre-ordered, so either way, I get a planner & I’m excited about it!! :)

Amie ReinholzJuly 10, 2013 - 11:07 am

Awesome giveaway! Would love to have one of these planners! Gotta stay organized! :)

BonnieJuly 10, 2013 - 10:43 am

You know I couldn’t go without the planner! <3

Monica ReynoldsJuly 10, 2013 - 10:42 am

Did all entries..and shared shared shared!

Angela VidrichJuly 10, 2013 - 10:02 am

I would love to win one of these planners! I love the design!

Sarah WamuhiuJuly 10, 2013 - 9:13 am

I had one of the planners for this past year and totally loved it. Honestly I can’t afford another one this year so this would be AMAZING!

Sarah WamuhiuJuly 10, 2013 - 9:12 am

Like, like and shared :)

Audra RodriguezJuly 10, 2013 - 7:58 am

Winning this planner is actually the only way I can afford to get one. I have had my eye on them for a while but something always comes up. I have recently relocated from halifax, canada to texas and this planner would help me organize my marketing campaigns and reorganize my business. I am starting from scratch here and this would really help me get going!

Audra RodriguezJuly 10, 2013 - 7:54 am

Liked both pages already, shared photo on personal page

Kari CilloJuly 10, 2013 - 7:15 am

I am so scatter brained and by the looks of it this product is exactly what I need for my business’s to stay organized. A normal planner gets so cluttered and disorganized with personal and professional things I can’t stand it! This product catering to the life of photography is a dream come true!

Kari CilloJuly 10, 2013 - 7:12 am

Done. Done. And done. So amazing. Love you love your product.

Brianna HaysJuly 10, 2013 - 6:13 am

I am a very organized person, BUT when it comes to my business, it’s all over the place. I think this is so NIFTY that it targets photographers.

Suzette hillierJuly 10, 2013 - 1:17 am

Look forward to the new design!

Suzette HillierJuly 10, 2013 - 1:12 am

I ordered my last photographers planner and it was one of the best things I’ve ever used. It’s great for organization, keeping track of all my appointments. The inspirational quotes and all the great tips are useful and great for any type of photographer whether you are a beginner or professional. Thank you for your great work! Keeping my fingers crossed and hope to win this great prize!!!

Cassandra HumphriesJuly 10, 2013 - 12:31 am

I used to work for Our 365 newborn photography at my local hospital and am now working on my own, or attempting to. This would be a helpful step in the right direction for me, organizing all those important details in one place. I hope I win one!! :)

Cassandra HumphriesJuly 10, 2013 - 12:28 am

All entries completed!

Jill KatherineJuly 9, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Entries completed <3

Jill KatherineJuly 9, 2013 - 11:56 pm

I’d love one of these amazing planners to help streamline my business and stay on top of everything! It’s so hard keeping track of everything, and boring old notebooks and cell-phone calendars don’t help me be inspired to stay organized, that’s for sure!


Laura SmithJuly 9, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Full-time mom + photographer = I need all the help I can get to stay organized! Gorgeous planner :-)

Laura SmithJuly 9, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Completed the entries!

LaurenJuly 9, 2013 - 11:26 pm

I am only just starting my photography business, so I am hoping that this planner will get me started on the right foot! I am not the most organized person, but having one spot to keep all of the information I need will be a HUGE help!!!

LaurenJuly 9, 2013 - 11:24 pm

Completed! :D

Monica ReynoldsJuly 9, 2013 - 11:21 pm

I’d love have this planner to keep me and my business organized. Plus it’s beautiful ! <3

Monica ReynoldsJuly 9, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Did all then above entries ;)

HopeJuly 9, 2013 - 11:14 pm

I hope to get organized enough to make my work-flow faster. I get so overwhelmed!

HopeJuly 9, 2013 - 11:13 pm

I love the look of your planner, so classy!

Shayna ShipleyJuly 9, 2013 - 11:05 pm

I feel like I have SO much going on right now….and being organized is SUPER important, not only for my business and family, but for my sanity!!! This would be PERFECT for my goals of success as a photographer! :)

Shayna ShipleyJuly 9, 2013 - 11:02 pm

I completed all entries! Fingers crossed!

MeredithJuly 9, 2013 - 10:32 pm

I would love to have this planner, what a great way to stay organized and on top of things!
Thanks for the chance

Dawn CimmermanJuly 9, 2013 - 10:14 pm

My business has grown beyond my simple notes in my iphone calendar to track everything. This looks like it will take care of everything for me to track and keep organized.

Dawn CimmermanJuly 9, 2013 - 10:12 pm

all entries completed and shared

JennJuly 9, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Completed the entries and shared :)

Jess GlassJuly 9, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Thanks so much for running this giveaway. Unfortunately, this year this may be my only chance at getting my hands on one of these beautiful planners.
I am moving back to the States from the UK with my kids after three years, in September. After finally getting my fledgling photography business off the ground, now I am moving to Florida and am starting all over again.
I’m nervous, scared, excited… so many things. This planner would go a long way in helping me to organise things as we move and I begin again in this industry that we all love SO much.
Thanks again for running this giveaway and best of luck to all. :)

Jess GlassJuly 9, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I’ve done all of the entries. Fingers crossed! I could really use one of these with the year I have coming up. :)

Jamie McBrideJuly 9, 2013 - 9:56 pm

I’ve completed the entries!!

Lindsey MichelleJuly 9, 2013 - 9:56 pm

I entered and have my fingers crossed!

Felicia MontoyaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:44 pm

My planner was the only thing that has kept me organized, it goes everywhere I go. I am excited about the workflow pages

Felicia MontoyaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:42 pm

All entries completed

Cindy ArthurJuly 9, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Completed the entries and shared the photo on my fb page! Thanks!

Cindy ArthurJuly 9, 2013 - 9:40 pm

I would love to win a planner to help me stay on top of the business side of my photography business! The design is gorgeous and the expense tracker would probably be the biggest help for me!

Felicia MontoyaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Loved my planner last year! Love the updates in the new one:) cannot wait!

Karen ShellJuly 9, 2013 - 9:37 pm

I’m still new to the photography business side of things & I look forward to keeping everything & everyone organized knowing it will all help my clients smile a even better :)

Cindy ArthurJuly 9, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Completed the entries!

Nichole FosterJuly 9, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Launching my business in August. This will help me get and stay on task.

Nichole FosterJuly 9, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Hope I win this time!

Karen ShellJuly 9, 2013 - 9:32 pm

shared / liked & everything :)

ChelsieJuly 9, 2013 - 9:32 pm

All entries completed!!! :)

JackieJuly 9, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Good luck to all! I know I need to be more organized! I think it will be much easier to get organized in a gorgeous planner!

Sandra WasielewskiJuly 9, 2013 - 9:28 pm

I’m an organized person at heart ! As I go into my business officially at the end of the year this planner would rock my world!!!

EmiliaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:28 pm

I completed all the entries, crossing my fingers.

Sandra WasielewskiJuly 9, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Completed the entries! I’m excited about this giveaway!

EmiliaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:27 pm

I will love to win one of these, I think it will help me to be more organized, I have all my business related ideas on one place, and to keep track from where my money goes and all of my appointments with clients. thank you so much for this opportunity

Heather OlsonJuly 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

I think the fact that it’s dateless is SO great! I had a pretty slow start of the year, so at least one month went unused last year! :(

Nikki BJuly 9, 2013 - 9:24 pm

I would love to win this planner because I am trying to get my photography business to grow and be more organized and I think it would help me do both. Also it’s pretty sweet, I gotta say :-)

EricaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:24 pm

This planner looks like the one thing that can finally help me keep track of my business I’m trying to build! So excited!

Heather OlsonJuly 9, 2013 - 9:24 pm

All steps complete! Thanks for a chance to win one!

saritaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Best-Giveaway-EVER!!!!!!! Yay! I’m so super excited :)

Nicci WidenerJuly 9, 2013 - 9:23 pm

I’d love to win one of these to be able to be better organized and streamline my priorities! Liked and shared!

ChristineJuly 9, 2013 - 9:23 pm

I’m most looking forward to the expense tracker and location scouting sheet. And GOLD! It’s just so perfect!

Christina DevlinJuly 9, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Winning this planner would really help to keep me organized, but the main reason that I would love to win is because I know it will be filled with tons of inspirational goodness!!

Joanna RogersJuly 9, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Can’t wait!! Looking forward to getting my planning started and organized. All entries completed.

ChrissyJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

I desperately need one of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

Nikki BJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

All entries have been completed! Yay! Thanks for the giveaway!

TheresaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

I hope to win!

Alaina PrisbreyJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

This planner will help me by making it easier to be more organized. I struggle with keeping up with everything going on in my business and I’ve always thought something like this specially made for photographers would be amazing!! Plus it is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to show it off to fellow photogs :)

MaryJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Completed all entries!

TheresaJuly 9, 2013 - 9:21 pm

I love your stuff!

Cindy PJuly 9, 2013 - 9:20 pm

I’m hoping the planner will help me stay better organized and have a central location to brainstorm and have it in front of my face as a reminder to DO IT!!

Christina DevlinJuly 9, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Already a fan of both wonderful pages, and shared on my page :)

MaryJuly 9, 2013 - 9:19 pm

I just started my photography business and this would help me start and STAY organized through my first year!

Cindy PJuly 9, 2013 - 9:19 pm

This would be an awesome prize for someone! =)

amber tylerJuly 9, 2013 - 9:19 pm

I hope I win, thank you for the giveaway! I am looking forward to being able to keep everything I need in one book.

JulieJuly 9, 2013 - 9:19 pm

This planner would help me so much. Its so hard to keep everything straight. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

ChristineJuly 9, 2013 - 9:19 pm

I’ve completed all the entries. :)

Alaina PrisbreyJuly 9, 2013 - 9:18 pm

I’m so excited for this giveaway!! I hope I win :) would loveeee a planner!

emily thompsonJuly 9, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Shared on facebook. I would love one of these! It would help me keep organized!

AshleyJuly 9, 2013 - 9:17 pm

I would love one so I can get ORGANIZED!

Amanda VJuly 9, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Would love to win one of these and update my planner from last year. I love your products! Thank you!

AshleyJuly 9, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Liked, liked and shared!

kym petersJuly 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

most looking forward to the fact that its dateless!! a brilliant idea! :) also i love the new design! you guys are fantastic ;)

Nicole CashenJuly 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Al entries completed :) SO super excited, keeping my fingers crossed!

kym petersJuly 9, 2013 - 9:13 pm

shared on facebook!! :)

Jessica StonisJuly 9, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Would love to win one of these!


Pregnancy Posing and Outfits

After working with pregnant mamas for 14 years, one thing I know for sure is that while women may not necessarily feel amazing pregnant, they sure would love to look it! This is where a well-prepared photographer is really important. How can you be well prepared? By not only having great outfits and materials that work with the woman’s ever growing, glowing body, but knowing some key elements in posing as well.

When I began to photograph pregnancy I used every material I could get my hands on, until I realized that only materials that either stretch or are light enough to flow over the curves work. Toss out the sheets, or anything too stiff or shiny, and bring on polyester and silk. I also learned to be bold and ask women to dig in their closets and bring out items that are true to their style. People come to you for YOUR expertise, but they also want to look like themselves – only in better lighting.

Some things that are great for them to bring are:

Jewelry, scarves, lingerie, button down sweaters, jean jackets, skirts or jeans below the belly, hats, boots, cute shoes and tight dresses. We also have my entire line of TAoPaN Thredz maternity clothing available, so we direct them to bring nude undergarments or boy shorts and we provide bandeaus in several styles, colors and textures for them to use. Clients love that they can come with nothing and allow me to dress them, or we can mix and match from their closet and mine and just be creative.

Knowing what items to have on hand, or guide your client to bring is only the first part of the equation. The other part is posing your client.

Clothing + Style + Posing = Great Imagery

When women are pregnant, their whole equilibrium is off and trying to appear graceful, casual, or just simply pretty is often quite a challenge. Having someone inside your belly kicking your uterus and then being told to arch your back and smile is harder than it looks. The idea is to be quick with the transitions of poses, direct their movements, and be complimentary along the way. Rather then focus on just one pose, then the next and so on… work with fluid transitional movements and compliment them with each one so they are assured they are doing it well. When shooting inside we always have a fan on hand, not only because every woman looks gorgeous with a fan blowing, but also because it keeps them cool and will often prevent them wanting to pass out! When we are on location I keep m in the beginning but also bring something for them to sit on to give them a rest.

Wherever I am shooting, I am constantly talking in a session, guiding them with each movement. Some directions I may give will require things such as:

• Chins down and out (no double chins)
• Arching the back (to achieve a round belly)
• Soften the hands and lift them up in the air to get rid of veins (just for a few minutes)
• When laying down breath into the diaphragm to increase the belly (gravity will pull baby down)
• Transitional movement (look down, now up, now to the camera, now off to one light, etc.)
• Use the hands to show the roundness of the belly
• Bend the leg closest to the camera (makes any figure look great)
• And give a little smile…this is a happy time!

It’s possible to make every pregnant mama look and feel gorgeous for her pictures. That’s your job as a photographer, and it can be accomplished by a simple combination of the right outfit and good direction in posing.


Ana Brandt, a native New Yorker, now lives in Southern California and specializes in maternity thru the first year in her busy storefront studio and baby boutique. She is a Mama of 3 and currently speaks each year to PPA groups and holds workshops from NY to California, teaching photographers the art of pregnancy and newborn. She has designed a line of Maternity clothing that is sold to photographers in 25 countries. She believes in specializing and honing your craft. You can see her pregnancy and newborn work on her website and Facebook.

elenaJuly 9, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Great ideas for 1