Preparing for Maternity Photos with Family | Maternity Photography Studio | Portland, Maine
I'm Emily, the mom and artist behind this beautiful Maternity Photography! Scroll on to read my tips for how to include your kids in your maternity photography experience and check out some of my favorite, family centered maternity photos.
Including Kids in your Maternity Pictures
You’re probably reading this because you are pregnant, and you want to commemorate this time in your life with your family. Maybe you're concerned about how to make this go smoothly, maybe this is your first portrait experience, and maybe you're worried about your kids or partner being grouchy and difficult to work with (I know I'm always worried about my curmudgeon partner!). First things first, congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life, and I want to make this go as smoothly as possible with no stress for anyone. I have lots of experience working with kids of all ages (I even have my own) so I have the patience and the communication skills to help make this a wonderful experience, even if there is a meltdown. Follow these simple steps to help make your Maternity Photography Experience easy and collaborative, and you'll have portraits to share with them for all time.
1) Get the Kids Involved
You can help prepare your children by browsing other family/maternity portraits and have them point out which ones they like, and telling them about the art they are going to create with you. Show them all different kinds of pictures, and by telling them they can make something similar, but special to your family, it gets them very excited to be involved. It also gives them an expectation of what the final product is and why then need to interact/stand still/hug mommy's belly over and over again. Nobody likes to be taken by surprise or be unsure as to what they are doing, including kids, so if they are privy to the end goal and they see how happy it will make you, it makes it so much easier to follow directions and be patient the day of the session.
This works well for your partner too! I know that sometimes it can be hard discussing with a partner or getting them excited, but try to convey how important this is for you. Showing them images where the whole family is involved (including parent and newborn images) may be just what they need to inspire them to be involved and enthused. Remember, kids aren't going to look back and think their parent was "lame" for being involved and excited about family portraits, they'll look back and be forever grateful to have them.
2) Make sure they are comfortable in their clothing!
Just like adults, children need to be comfortable and happy in what they are wearing. If anyone is uncomfortable, those vibes come through on camera. At Elusive Photography, I have a kids' wardrobe available for clients, so bring your children to the consultation and let them “shop” the closet and get excited about it! Prior to your session, you can keep reminding them about the gorgeous outfit they picked, and they will be more and more excited to smile big for the camera. We all feel that extra bit of confidence when we feel stunning in our outfit selection, even children. If your child has sensory issues and prefers certain types of clothing, let's talk about it and figure out a way to keep them comfortable while also staying in a nice color palette.