Photography: Getting Good Pregnancy Pictures
The average pregnancy photo shoot happens six to eight weeks from your due date, so there's no such thing as a re-shoot if you don't like the finished result or the photographer makes a mistake. Here are five tips on how to make the best choices when selecting a pregnancy photographer:
Look for experience. The photographer either should have extensive experience in or should specialize in pregnancy photography in order to obtain the most flattering poses for a pregnant woman's body.
Consider artistry and personality. Finding someone whose work you love and whom you want to work with is key to capturing beautiful images of your pregnancy. Also, look for redundant images on the artist's Web site, which indicates a lack of creative artistry.
Ask for referrals. If you weren't personally referred by someone who has used the photographer and can recommend his or her work, ask for several referrals. These may be posted on the photographer's Web site.
Start to finish. Ask if the photographer will be thoroughly involved in the editing and photo-selection process; this represents about half of your cost. The photographer should guide you to the best and most unique photos plus offer suggestions for cropping and finishes.
Get technical. Ask if the photographer uses film or digital. I recommend film, as dark room prints have a superior quality over digital prints. Film is more expensive, but the quality and longevity is worth it.