LEICESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | MATERNITY SHOOT - Self Portrait
Updated: Feb 17
One of the first things I thought about when I found out that I was pregnant was photos! Post-baby was obvious but I also had ideas about my maternity shoot. Initially, having someone take them for me sounded like the only option, but then I came across other photographers who had taken their own maternity photos. This excited me and I instantly knew that was what I was going to do! Not only did it allow for me to be in control of the creativity, but also forced me to learn to be patient with myself.
I had put a lot of thought into taking my maternity photos as I knew it would be an important part of documenting my pregnancy journey. The memories created during the shoot helped me to bond with my baby even more, as it made me focus on the present moment and take a step back. Usually, I have a million things going on in my head and I’m thinking ten steps ahead. During the maternity shoot I was able to just relax and let go and appreciate the pregnancy.
I really wanted natural photographs in an environment that I was comfortable in. My house seemed like a good place to do this. The natural light coming through in the bedroom was perfect for these type of photos. It took a while to get used to being on the other side of the camera as I’m so used to taking the photos, rather than being the subject!
The shoot took around 4 hours as I had to keep going back and forth checking each shot. After all, I am a perfectionist! I really enjoyed the whole experience and so glad I took time out to have maternity photos taken. I talk to a lot of mums and many say how much they regret not taking more photos whilst they were pregnant and not having a maternity shoot to look back on.
I felt a real connection to my baby throughout and it made me feel quite emotional. I can’t wait to share the photos with my gorgeous baby in the future!
Below are the pics, let me know what you think.