Andy Nickerson is a renowned Northampton family portrait photographer. Below, he shares his advice on choosing a maternity photographer to capture your precious bump shots:
Your pregnancy is a very special time. Week by week your body is changing in remarkable ways. The pregnant form makes a powerful image and is one of beauty regardless of your shape or size, especially when captured through beautiful maternity photography. Professional photography helps keep your pregnancy memory special long after your newborn has arrived and creates a timeless momento of this incredible phase in your life.
So how do you choose the right photographer?
Here are 5 top tips to help you choose:
1. Previous work should make your heart flutter.
Check out your photographer’s track record, it’s important you really love their portfolio of work? Is it consistent in its style and feel? If you allow price alone to govern your choice you may not get what you hope for.
Pregnancy is truly memorable for each and every woman, and photos should shout about this. After all, if you could get decent shots at home you wouldn’t need to seek professional services. The photographs should tell the story of your pregnancy so you look back and remember the moment with a smile.
2. The quality should have a 'wow!'
Look for a quality finish, as your photographs are an investment. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a sample of a finished piece and look for editing – have obvious blemishes or flaky skin been removed? It’s worth discussing editing in advance. For instance, if you’ve got moles, stretch marks or even a tattoo you’ve fallen out of love with, can they be removed? Check out expectations beforehand so there are no nasty surprises. An experienced photographer is a dab hand at editing and those new to the industry should have arrangements in place to ensure the final piece has finesse.
Self conscious about your appearance but still want photography? This can be cleverly overcome by close cropping so your bump is the feature, and ‘you’ are out of the limelight through the magic of soft focus!
3. Don't get hooked by price alone.
Beware of an offer that seems too good to be true. Look for photography where costs are up front. Ask for a price list before your shoot. We’ve all been stung on too good to be true offers so avoid the hard sell by doing your homework in advance. Think of your photography as an investment in yourself at a very special time.
4. When will you and your bump look work well together at a shoot?
Practically, as your pregnant form develops, it’s likely that moving around will become a bit uncomfortable. There is no set time for a pregnancy shoot but you will probably benefit from scheduling it between 30-35 weeks when your bump is visible and has impact, but not so far along that you don’t like standing for any duration.
With the best will in the world, most women will find that some body part hurts or works differently at some point during pregnancy! Be honest with yourself. If you’re affected by swollen ankles or pelvic pain, be realistic about what’s safe for you, this should be everyone’s number one priority.
5. Do you like the person behind the camera?
Lastly, make sure you get on with your photographer. Your not looking for a new best friend, but if you can have a laugh during the shoot it’ll help you relax and enjoy your time in the studio.