With the invaluable help of Bernard Audry (photographer specializing in taking pregnancy photos), we have put together this little guide that will allow you to take the most beautiful pregnancy photos. Being pregnant is a wonderful adventure, and to immortalize these 9 months of emotions, what better than to have your picture taken with your magnificent rounded belly!
1) Why hire a professional for your pregnancy photos?
A pregnancy portrait specialist will have the know-how to highlight your rounded belly and offer you artistic creations that you will be proud to keep in memory of this unique moment of life. In addition, the work of light is important to highlight the pretty curves of pregnancy that we want to show and hide those that we like less …
2) At what period of your pregnancy to schedule your photoshoot?
During the first trimester of pregnancy, the belly is not yet very visible and has not yet taken its beautiful shape. In the second trimester, we’re almost there! Your belly is now visible, but we can do even better !!! It is between the 7th and the 8th month, the ideal time, the belly is well rounded, and you are in great shape. So enjoy it! Do not wait until the 9th month because the belly will tend to sag.
3) Who can participate in the pregnancy photoshoot?
You and your little bottle will, of course, be at the center of the photoshoot. But the rest of the “close” family is also expected! The future Dad and any brothers and sisters will be very happy to be able to share this emotional moment with you and to celebrate the “expansion” of your family!
4) What outfits to choose?
The three rules to follow to be sure you are not mistaken:
- Avoid pregnancy clothes
- Choose timeless outfits (no too visible patterns or brands that will age badly over time)
- Favor tight-fitting clothes, worn before pregnancy (jeans that will be left open, and a top that goes up on your stomach, it’s the top !!)
5) Is it compulsory to take nude pregnancy photos?
Do not panic! Nothing is obligatory. Be aware, however, that to highlight your pretty little belly, your photographer may suggest that you strip yourself. You may be in your underwear, or even naked, in some pictures. In any case, ask your photographer to introduce you to the style of photographs he takes so that you can tell him what you want.
There are “naked” and “naked”! Very often, it is an artistic nude that will be offered to you, with the play of light and shadow, very elegant. But remember, this photoshoot is, above all, a fun time to celebrate your pregnancy and not a bad time to spend. So do yourself a favor, and be in tune with yourself.
6) How is the session going?
Generally, plan to be available for 1.5 hours. This is the time needed to be able to discuss your expectations at the start of the session, but also to show your photographer the outfits you have planned. The session will really last 1 hour. And everything is done with joy and good humor, and above all, no stress! Your photographer will take different series of photos with different atmospheres, keeping in mind the “cocooning” theme of this special moment. In addition, the Black and White style lends itself particularly well to the theme, but you can also enjoy more “punchy” and colorful photos in the second part of the session, depending on the outfits you have brought. Let yourself be guided: it is not for you to think about the poses, the expressions, and the rendering… it is the work of the artist!
Are you ready for your photoshoot? Find Bernard Audry, photographer, and creator of emotions, in his studio in the Bordeaux region.
And don’t forget that you can take photos of yourself throughout your pregnancy. Thus, you will be able to see the evolution of your belly from month to month!