How to choose the right maternity photographer

You’re in the middle of a life-altering experience as you prepare to welcome your child into this world. Your body is rapidly changing – we’re talking about you, cankles and stretch marks– and soon, your life will too. Understandably, you want to mark such a momentous occasion with photos that will become cherished keepsakes.

But, with so many photographers out there, how do you know which one to choose?

FINDING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER

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To find the right fit, you need to look at what’s most important to you. Come up with your non-negotiables. What is it that you can’t compromise on when it comes to a photographer?

There are five areas you should consider before deciding:

  • Price
  • Style
  • Overall experience
  • Quality of work
  • Personality

 

PRICE

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A girl should always keep her eyes on her bank account. Perhaps you’re feeling the financial strain from buying all that adorable baby gear and maternity outfits and you’re worried about money. If that sounds like you, you’re going to want to focus on finding a photographer whose fee is in your price range.

While a photographer’s price may seem, at first glance, higher than you wanted to pay, it can be a good measure of their experience and quality of work. Value-priced photographers are generally less specialized, often engaging in all types of photography, from headshots to weddings and everything in between. They may not always have the needed skills for properly posing and styling a maternity session.

If price is your main concern, there is nothing wrong with choosing a value-priced photographer. You should be aware, though, the quality may not be as high as it would be with a photographer specializing in maternity shots.

Channel your inner Nancy Drew to do a little detective work to ensure you understand what’s included in the price your photographer quotes you. Otherwise, you might catch yourself flying into a pregnancy-hormone-induced rage when you get your final bill.

Some photographers advertise a low initial price to bring new customers into their studio. But that can be deceiving. You’ll need to consider if they offer packages or a la carte pricing, as well as any hidden fees they may charge. A la carte pricing can sound appealing, but it can be more expensive than you anticipated, especially if your photographer gives you dozens of great images – you might buy more than you expected.

That low price your photographer offers also may not include digital files or prints. This can be an extra expense you didn’t anticipate.

STYLE

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Some mothers-to-be have no idea as to the style of photographs they prefer. Others, though, have a firm idea of what they want. If you know what you’d like to see in your maternity photos, you should focus on finding a photographer whose style matches your vision. If you want a fine-art vibe for your photographs, can they pull that off?

Matching your taste and vision with your photographer’s creative preference and ability can result in some out-of-this-world photography that can bring your photoshoot to the next level.

EXPERIENCE

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While there are some extremely talented new photographers out there, you want to be assured you’re in good hands with maternity photos. You only have a small window of time to work with and you’re already likely feeling the strain from your busy schedule. You want your photos to be done correctly the first time, and for this objective, there’s no substitute for experience.

Ask to view a photographer’s portfolio and pay attention to what you see there. Do you see a wide variety of photos, such as school pictures, weddings, and more? Then they might not specialize in maternity photography – they might only dabble in it. It’s nice that a photographer can shoot an amazing landscape picture, but that doesn’t tell you anything about what they can do to minimize the bags under your eyes since you haven’t have a good night’s sleep in weeks.

Here are some questions to ask before deciding on a photographer:

  • How long have they been shooting maternity portraits?
  • Do they specialize in maternity & newborn portraits, or are they more of an all-purpose type of photographer who doesn’t specialize in anything?
  • Do they know the best time to capture maternity portraits?
  • Do they use lighting modifiers that best accentuate a pregnant figure?
  • Are they familiar with poses that may not be safe for pregnant women, such as reclining on their backs?

 

QUALITY OF WORK

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When looking at a photographer’s portfolio, concentrate on your gut reaction – if you can feel it with your baby doing all that kicking. Sometimes people have trouble putting into words what makes a photograph great, but everyone knows a fantastic photo when they see it. They may not be able to explain why it’s an outstanding picture, but they can feel it.

What do you feel when you look at your possible photographer’s portfolio? Do you feel the emotions leaping out of the picture? Are their images magazine-worthy? Do you think they use too many filters, or that the photos are excessively retouched? Are you happy with the lighting they used in the images? Do they take high-resolution photos that lend themselves to adjusting for various-sized framing options?

PERSONALITY

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A photographer who can put you at ease is priceless – if you choose correctly, it can feel like you’re hanging out with your best friend and they’re taking some informal pictures of you.

You’re at a stage in your life when you might not be looking or feeling your best. If that extra weight has seemed to go straight to your face instead of your belly, you might hate having your picture taken. And those pregnancy hormones we mentioned? They can leave you feeling more emotionally fragile than usual. Don’t worry about your imperfect appearance – a great photographer can find all the right angles to flatter your figure and face. You may want to keep them on speed dial after your pregnancy ends because you’ll love their expertise so much.

Having a photographer who makes you feel comfortable is a key element to how you’ll feel when you look back at those photos years from now. If you remember how indifferent the photographer seemed, you’re going to be annoyed when you see those pictures. And instead of hearing about how you couldn’t wait for them to be born, your child will roll their eyes as you launch into your hundredth story about how rude your photographer was.

Also, people tend to stiffen up or act less naturally when having their picture taken. If you want to look like a supermodel and not a celebrity police mugshot, it helps if your photographer can put you at ease or make you laugh.You’ll end up with photos that look much more natural.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND A MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER?

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Decent photographers are easy to find, but great ones aren’t as common. Remember, anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer.

You can find an expert through word of mouth from friends or through online channels such as Yelp, Google Search, Facebook, and Instagram. But when you find one you’re interested in, don’t rely solely on one social media channel, such as Instagram, when checking them out. An established photographer will have a presence across multiple channels.

If a photographer’s only means of communication is through Facebook or Messenger, we suggest you move on. In today’s world, that’s simply not professional and super sketchy. The majority of high-quality photographers will have their own website, an official email address, a physical address, and a phone number.

If you call and they seem abrupt or annoyed, they might not be the best fit for you. If you leave a message and they don’t return your call promptly, you should also move on. Your pregnancy will pass quickly, and your time is too precious to spend trying to chase someone down. In your single days, did you spend all your energy chasing a guy who didn’t seem interested at all? Nope, and you shouldn’t with a disinterested photographer either.

Make sure to check out any reviews you come across online through Yelp and Google. Concentrate on the most recent reviews as they reflect where that photographer is at now professionally. You should also read the bad reviews because that can give you a complete picture of the experience you might have.

 

MAKE THE TIME

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A nine-month pregnancy might seem like an eternity when you can’t wait to see your baby’s beautiful face or hold your precious child for the first time. But you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes, and you’ll always want to remember every kick you felt and the emotions brewing in you as you waited for your baby to draw its first breath.  Read our article discussing 5 reasons why every expectant Mom should do a maternity photo shoot.

That’s why taking the time for maternity photos and finding the right photographer will be one of the best investments you’ll make as you prepare to welcome your child. No matter how many decades have passed since you’ve given birth, your maternity photos should take you right back to those months and emotions. And someday as your child prepares to have their own child, they’ll look back at those photos and understand exactly how you were feeling at that moment.

5 reasons why every expectant mom should do a maternity photo shoot

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but it doesn’t always feel that way. While you may be lucky enough to enjoy some perks, like glowing skin, luxurious locks, and a cute baby bump, you’re also going to see the downsides of pregnancy – swollen ankles, newfound tiger stripes, and a rollercoaster of mood swings.  Sounds fun, right? Since expectant moms often aren’t looking or feeling their best, they may question whether they should take maternity photos at all. As they scroll through Instagram, they can feel huge, especially as they compare themselves to that perfect-looking Insta-mama.  She walks ten miles every day and brags about it in her stories, so it’s hard not to feel inferior as you polish off that sleeve of Oreos.

If you don’t feel like you’re rocking this whole pregnancy thing, you should still have maternity photos taken. Even though pregnancy can have its less-than-enjoyable moments, your body is doing an incredibly beautiful thing. You’ll never regret documenting this change with maternity photos.  Here are five good reasons why every mama-to-be should schedule a maternity photo session.

 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOU’RE GOING TO MISS YOUR BUMP!

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From the moment you see those two parallel lines on a pregnancy test, you start dreaming about the day you’ll get to hold your newborn in your arms. At first, it feels like time is inching by, and you find yourself saying things like “I am so tired of being pregnant.”

You’ve probably complained about your aching back, sleepless nights, and frequent heartburn to all your friends and family. “There is no way I’m going to miss this,” you state matter-of-factly while sweating buckets on a relatively cool day.

But as time goes on, you’re going to miss that bump!  It won’t be at first, but as the months pass and your baby starts to crawl, you’ll scroll through your monthly pregnancy photos on your phone while absentmindedly rubbing your belly.

You may find yourself uttering those words you never thought you would: “I miss being pregnant.”

The truth is, while pregnancy is hard, there is something simultaneously magical about it. You’re growing a new life, and you’re the only one your child is depending on. You feel their every hiccup, every kick, and every headbutt to your ribs. You’re completely connected.

Once it’s over and done with, you’ll find yourself wandering down nostalgia lane and remembering all those baby kicks (and the ability to eat whatever you wanted guilt-free). So, it’s especially important to capture these moments because you won’t be pregnant forever, and your pregnancy will fly by quicker than you anticipated.

Having maternity photos to look back on will be a standing reminder of that magical time when new life was gestating inside your belly. When you see those beautiful pictures of yourself, you will always smile.

 

YOU’LL BE SHOCKED AT HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU FEEL

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You’ve probably heard the phrases “You’re glowing!” or “Pregnancy suits you!” from various people throughout your pregnancy.  Between the cankles, the urge to eat everything in sight, and the fact that none of your clothes fit anymore, pregnancy doesn’t always make you feel beautiful.

In fact, most women experience a decline in self-confidence as their pregnancy progresses.  Your ever-expanding tummy may seem like the perfect excuse to avoid taking photos for a solid nine months, but it’s just the opposite!

You see, at the end of the day you come to realize the beautiful truth – you’re growing a human being – and that is enough of a reason to celebrate!  Dressing up in a way that accentuates your bump, putting on some makeup, and pampering yourself (hello, pedicure!) for a photography session may be just what the doctor ordered for a case of the pregnancy blues.

When you see your pictures after the shoot, you may be surprised at just how beautiful you look.

 

TAKING MATERNITY PHOTOS WILL STRENGTHEN THE BOND BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE

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Being pregnant can sometimes cause tension in a relationship, due to mood swings and the anticipated change in lifestyle. The financial pressure can intensify that stress. What you need is a way to keep your eyes on the bigger picture, not just focus on the hardships you’re currently experiencing.

Taking maternity photos together with your partner is a great way to strengthen your bond and celebrate the new life you’re bringing into this world. It’s that final chance to document how your dynamics are changing – you’re morphing from a couple into a family.

Many fathers experience a delay in bonding with their child when they’re in utero. They don’t experience pregnancy in the same way as their spouse, so it can be harder for them to build the attachment to their infant until it is born.

They often don’t build a connection to their newborn until they’re able to interact with it. That’s completely different from mothers – they often experience a deep attachment to the baby while pregnant.

Taking maternity photos can help new fathers develop a strong emotional bond with their growing baby. Helping your spouse bond with your infant will also help you both re-establish your connection.

If this isn’t your first kid, you can bring along your older child to the maternity shoot as well.  Many older siblings find it challenging at first to adjust to a new baby in the family. Taking pictures with their pregnant mommy can help them understand that a new person is coming and even get them excited about the baby’s arrival!

 

YOU CAN SHOW AS MUCH (OR AS LITTLE) AS YOU WANT

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A professional photo studio specializing in maternity portraits has an array of lighting modifiers available at its disposal. These modifiers allow the photographer to illuminate as much or as little of you as you want.

While many women choose to celebrate the changes their body undergoes during pregnancy and document them in photographs; other women are more conservative.  An experienced maternity photographer will work with you to understand your needs and your level of comfort.

One of the popular trends these days in maternity photography involves flowing fabrics that tastefully cover parts of your body while revealing the rest.  As you browse Instagram and look at some prospective portrait studios in your area, take screenshots of the photos that appeal to you.

These visual cues will help your photographer better understand the look you want.  In the end, it’s about making you comfortable and happy with your pictures.

 

YOU’LL LOVE LOOKING BACK AT THE PICTURES AS YOUR CHILD GROWS

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From the day your infant is placed in your arms, time starts to go by fast!

One minute a nurse is teaching you how to swaddle, and the next, you’re chasing a toddler through the aisles at Target.

You’re going to miss the calm days of pregnancy where you didn’t have to keep tabs on the diaper bag or wipes every time you head to the store. You’ll miss that your baby bump couldn’t talk back to you when you get into an argument with your toddler over whether they should eat a popsicle for every meal.

As your child grows, you will probably find yourself reminiscing about your pregnancy days and how quiet the house was. You’ll love reflecting on how you had such a tiny human growing inside you, and your maternity photos will be a wonderful reminder of a time long gone.

Your children will enjoy seeing these pictures when they’re older, too. They’ll absolutely love seeing how gorgeous theirmama was when you were pregnant with them.

They won’t notice those few extra pounds and the bags under your eyes from your lack of sleep. They’ll focus on something more important than that – the love in your eyes and the joy that was radiating from you.

 

THESE PHOTOS WILL BE TREASURED!

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Scheduling a maternity photo session should be on every mommy-to-be’s checklist.

By having maternity photos taken, you’re giving your child a glimpse of a world they’ll never be able to see for themselves – the time their parents spent as a couple before they entered the picture. They’ll have physical proof of how excited you were to meet them.

As hard as it might be to envision now, time passes quickly. It won’t be long before your child may be showing these pictures to their own child. Your grandchild who might only know you as the gray-haired grandma who is always quick to offer a hug and a cookie will have the opportunity to see you in another light.

That’s a tremendous gift to give your child and the children who come into your family after them. And it’s a great present to yourself and your spouse as well. It’s something the whole family will cherish forever.

 

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Our Mini Session is ideal for clients interested in a smaller selection of maternity portraits with a single backdrop and three styles.
As an example, our client below wished to capture nudes, lingerie and draped fabrics on the grey backdrop below.
Anabella uses her expertise in posing and lighting to capture a variety of gorgeous portraits that celebrate the beauty of pregnancy.
Moms-to-be are welcome to focus on themselves for the Mini Session, or have their partners join for some intimate couples concepts.

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glow portraits® offers maternity and newborn photography sessions to preserve the most treasured and defining moment in a family’s life. Recognized as one of the best professional photography studios in NYC,  glow portraits® accepts a limited number of commissions per year.  glow portraits® offers a luxury experience in their Midtown Manhattan Studio. Professional pregnancy portraits are best captured around 32-36 weeks, while your belly is beautifully round. In order to ensure availability, it is strongly recommend that you book your professional maternity photography session at least a month beforehand.  Your pregnancy will be preserved in the most elegant way with artistic silhouettes, creative posing and fine art lighting to flatter your curves. glow portraits® uses their creative aesthetic, attention to detail and retouching skills to make each image into a work of art.  glow portraits® is passionate about creating portraits for families to treasure forever as fine art prints, exquisite wall art, and albums. From pregnancy to the first weeks of life, we strive to capture the beauty of these precious fleeting moments.

Clients travel from around the city to have their pregnancy and baby portraits captured at glow portraits®. Some travel from hours away in Long Island, New Jersey (NJ), or Connecticut for their professional studio portrait experience. Many cients are from nearby neighborhoods of Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Union Square, Soho, Tribecca, Greenwich Village, Battery Park City, Long Island City, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Even clients visiting the city from abroad love to have their portraits captured at the glow portraits® studio.  For inquiries and bookings, please contact the studio as soon as possible to ensure availability!

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Despite the aches and pains and swelling and all the other good stuff that goes along with creating a little miracle inside your womb,
we want you to look and feel your very best. Enjoy an afternoon of pampering, and allow us to capture beautiful portraits
that will preserve this incredible journey into motherhood in an artistic way to be enjoyed for years to come.

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NYC Award-Winning Maternity Portrait Studio
glow portraits® is a renowned boutique maternity photography studio in NYC, specializing in fresh and pure images that showcase the beauty of this incredibly special time in your life. We are available for sessions at our Midtown Manhattan studio. With years of experience, you’ll enjoy a relaxed and comfortable experience. As an esteemed portrait studio, glow portraits® has the artistic vision to create beautiful and timeless art to be treasured for years to come. We love to document this wonderful journey!

The studio offers a lovely selection of backdrops, wardrobe, and artistic lighting to make your pregnancy portraits into a unique work of art. Our specialty is creating soft, dreamy portraits that showcase the beauty of this special time in your life.  We take our time to craft and perfect each pose.  glow portraits® is passionate about creating artistic maternity and newborn portraits for families to treasure forever and ever as prints, wall art, and albums. From pregnancy to the first weeks of life, we strive to capture the beauty of these precious fleeting moments.

Since maternity portraits are best captured around 30-36 weeks, we strongly urge clients to book in advance to ensure our availability. Please take some time to explore our site, and view samples of our maternity portraiture. We look forward to hearing from you, and planning your own custom photography session.

The Value of Custom Photography

The arrival of your little one is an incredibly exciting time in your lives. You’ve prepared for months – reading every parenting article you can get your hands on, shopping for goodies, stocking up on diapers, and decorating the nursery to perfection. Arranging for a portrait session is an often overlooked part of the nesting months, but it’s an invaluable way to celebrate and preserve these precious memories for your family.

The teeny tiny newborn phase passes in the blink of an eye, and there is a small window of time for these portraits to be captured successfully. Although a photography session can be planned at any time in your baby’s first months, those sweet womblike poses can only be achieved within the first two weeks after birth. Selecting the wrong photographer could cause you to lose the opportunity to have your newborn baby professionally photographed, so we strongly recommend finding the best photographer for your family at least several months in advance of your due date.

At glow portraits®, we recommend ideally capturing newborn portraits in the first 4-10 days. Beyond the first two weeks, baby’s bones and muscles start to strengthen, and and she’ll stretch out more with her limbs, which makes those womblike poses no longer feel natural and comfortable. Besides this development, baby will also experience a growth spurt and become more alert after the first two weeks.

With the convenience of phone cameras at our fingertips, many parents think they will have a chance to capture beautiful portraits of their baby. However, with the whirlwind of getting adjusted to life with a baby, you’d be surprised how challenging it is to get high quality pictures on your own. Newborns are very delicate, and getting each pose perfect requires endless practice, patience, and a trained eye. As you’ll see in our newborn gallery, the quality of images from your professional newborn photo shoot will outshine those from even the best digital camera.

At glow portraits®, we specialize in working with newborns, and boast years of experience. We’re familiar with the perfect lighting equipment, camera, lenses, calm environment, and blanket setup to capture your baby in the most artistic and flattering poses. Safety is of course always a priority, and precautions are taken at every stage of your session to ensure your baby is feeling calm and comfortable. We also use artistic post-processing to eliminate any blemishes and enhance each portrait into a beautiful work of art. It warms our hearts to provide clients with timeless images that will exceed your expectations, and be cherished for a lifetime.

We strive to create a relaxed and peaceful environment for newborn sessions in our Midtown Manhattan studio, so parents can sit back and enjoy the experience. We understand that your home in a state of chaos, while you get settled into life with your brand new baby. We want you leave that behind, and have a chance to simply enjoy your baby and focus on this little miracle.

With newborn portraits, you can freeze those very first days with your bundle of joy, capturing all of the tiny details, curled up poses, and sweet facial expressions. You’ll have many opportunities to take photos of your child as she grows up, but you will never again have these first days. The professional portraits from your newborn session will be the perfect images to share when you introduce your newest addition to all your family and friends. Whether you use a birth announcement, custom keepsakes, or an online album – the possibilities are endless with your beautiful gallery of newborn portraits that you will cherish forever.

LUXURY PREGNANCY PORTRAITS & BABY PHOTOGRAPHY IN NYC
At glow portraits®, we use our expertise in maternity and newborn posing to create portraits that will be treasured for generations. If you are expecting a baby, please be in touch as soon as possible to schedule your maternity portrait session or newborn photo shoot. We can be reached at our Manhattan NYC studio 212.544.0102, or anytime by email at info@glow-portraits.com. We can’t wait to capture this amazing once-in-a-lifetime milestone for your family!

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