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Maryland Modern + Fine Arts Studio Maternity Photoshoot - Ellicott City Portrait Studio

Can’t decide between a modern photography style filled with beautiful light or a moody fine arts look? You don’t have to! We’ll let you have it all.

Check out Helen’s amazing maternity session below along with some of our best tips for posing for maternity photos. We loved combining modern elements with Hawaiian traditions (her original home) and fine arts. We hope these beautiful professional portraits will be a lasting treasure to Helen after she welcomes her sweet new addition.

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How to Pose for Maternity Photos


Helen was incredible to work with. She looks effortlessly beautiful in these photos. Yet, many moms-to-be worry about being in front of the camera in a body that feels foreign to them. Being pregnant doesn’t feel natural to everyone, and although they’ll be grateful for these photos later, it can be difficult to find the correct to take these photos now.


Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re working with a pregnant subject or you’re a pregnant subject yourself!


  • Posing solo


Most maternity photos are solo endeavors. You may have some shots with a partner or family members, but the pregnant person is the star of the show. Thus, comfort should always be a priority when posing.


1. Choose an easy location


Being pregnant isn’t always a walk in the park. Some people have mobility issues while pregnant, which means having to hike to a field of wildflowers (no matter how pretty) just isn’t preferable. This is one of the reasons I love studio sessions for pregnant people. They capture beautiful memories while keeping everyone comfortable. To find a local portrait photographer, search “photo studio near me.”


2. Have outfit changes


Helen chose to change a whopping 6 times during her shoot! All her dresses or gowns beautifully draped over and caressed her bump. In some shots, she even chose to elegantly bare her bump. Having a variety of gorgeous outfits on hand allows clients to feel beautiful no matter what.


3. Prioritize safety


Always make sure both your pregnant client and their baby feel comfortable during the session. Select both seated and standing poses and switch up where your client places their hands, how they interact with their clothing (i.e., gown), the location, and their natural facial expressions.


If you’re feeling unsafe as a pregnant subject during a shoot, don’t be afraid to speak up! No pose should ever jeopardize your safety or make you feel like you’re going to fall.


  • Posing with a partner

Having both parents in the shot is another great way to create memories. Before the session, discuss how many solo v. partner (or family) shots you’re hoping to capture. This can help guide the session.


A lot of couples struggle to pose together because they feel awkward. They aren’t sure what to do with their hands or how to look natural on camera. We find keeping couples moving constantly helps eliminate some of this awkwardness. Photographers - don’t be afraid to direct and prompt your subjects!



You can also try to capture some tender moments of connection like snuggling, the non-pregnant partner’s hand on the pregnant belly, or forehead to forehead.



Overall, just trying to make sure you avoid shooting the pregnant belly straight on. You’ll notice that Helen is turned to one side in all the photos. This is generally a more flattering angle for pregnant bodies, and it helps to accent the bump to show that the client is expecting.

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Final Thoughts


Are you looking for a photo studio near you? Come visit Crystal Tseng Photography. We’re an Ellicott City portrait studio that specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, family photography, and professional headshots. See more about Our Services here.


Love & Peace!






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