Belly Baby Wear Maternity Magazine

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We are so grateful to those who contributed images to this Magazine. This list is of those who contributed the Images you see throughout the pages. Agnieszka Borkowska

Alisha Cory

Alli Steele

Allyson Barth

Amanda Knowles

Amy Jo Finley

Andy Bowlin

Ana Brandt

Anna Alesci

A.S. Photography

Barkha Agarwal

Benedetta Vallone

Bethany Branch

Bethany Ellen

Bibi Labihari

Brooke Lattik

Bryana Capen

Christen Loendorf

Chrissy Lamoureux Photography

Claudia Stein

Corie Walker

Dawn Geraghty

Elise Northfeild

Erica Cruz

Erin Young

Felisha Lees

Geniann Elliott

Giada Mollaschi

Heather Davis

Heather Tietjen

Ilirjana Shehu

Jaime Sword

Jaela McKinney

Jenna Lajeunesse

Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Kenney

Jennifer Trego

Jessica Cook

Jessica Thomas

Jillian Bleck

Joann D'Aiello

Karimelly Photography

Karine Barbeau

Katie Lintern

Kelly Lynn Photography

Kendra Greenberg

Kim Shimer

Kristen Barker

Laura Rose

Lauren Grugle

Lauren Leland

Liliana Martin

Lina Lodico

Lori Lesh

Luciana Calvin

Mady Soltani

Maureen Jeanblanc

Meghan Nemeth

Michele Redfern

Michelle Dominey

Michelle Patereau

Mira Nachtigall

MJ Biasi

Nathalia Carillo

Nestled in Time Photography

Oge Ochai

Paula Greenway

Racheal Trail

Sara Francoeur

Saskia Colonna

Serenity Lane-Beard

Sere Burritt

Shannon Bailey

Tanya McSwan

Tash Neal

Trisha Harris

Wunderkind Photography by SAF

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From the editor

77 Photographers join us for the Belly Issue celebrating pregnancy from around the world. Our Magazine continues to grow with contributors to our magazine and we are so grateful. We hope this tiny magazine grows and grows. We are now into August and heading into the Fall. It’s been a very challenging year for many and all I can do is pray that things get better. As Photographers we need to inspire each other and continue to educate ourselves. I say all the time, that we are on a journey and the creative art is an evolution. Pregnancy is such a fleeting time. It is also a time when Moms are so worried about their ever growing body and therefore the Maternity Photographer must pay attention to every detail so they can show how amazing this part of Motherhood is. I hope this Magazine inspires you, and the articles educate you. Love and peace Ana Brandt


CONTRIBUTORS Ana Brandt Client Must Have Items Barkha Agarwal Unforgettable Client Experiences Carrie Carpunky Urban Maternity Deborah Koch 5 Tips for Urban Maternity Karen Bagley: Maternity Portraiture for the Modern Mom Lucy Wang A Beginners Guide for a smooth session

 

MJ Biasi How to Backlight





Bryana Capen


Lucy Wang


So you’ve booked your -irst maternity session. Perhaps you’re still nervous about the whole process, still feeling those jitters that accompany something we’ve not yet had ample practice with. A lot of the session process and -low becomes more natural with practice. In time, everything will feel second nature. I still remember my -irst few maternity sessions. I was so excited, but at the same time I almost dreaded them! In some ways, maternity sessions can feel even more daunting than a newborn session. After all, if the sleep fairies are really good to us, the cute babies knock out for the next hour or two and allow us to produce swoon-worthy galleries for our clients. Maternity sessions, on the other hand, can be so much more involved. You’re working with a conscious adult the entire time, posing her, potentially interacting with both mama and partner, there’s so much with which to engage! When I -irst started, the butter-lies in my stomach began dancing an hour before the session and long after mom has left I’m still trying to quiet them down. In time, I’ve learned that ample preparation and a few simple rules have helped me navigate this new genre in my studio and I hope that these can help you too! Preparation is key I set up the day before the session. I -ind that giving myself at least 24 hours between set up and session time allows me a cushion to mitigate anything that might come up during prep (ie, low battery in the trigger, wrinkle in the dress, forgetting a good ladder/fan etc). If you serve refreshments in your studio space, this is also when I check that the drinks are cold, and teas/snacks are stacked. I always make sure that the studio is entirely spotless before any session, this includes making sure the trashcans are empty and dusting where needed. The dresses are set out and hung on a clothing rack and all hair accessories laid out next to it. The following items are always useful to have on hand -nude undies -nip covers -bobby pins -plotting paper -bottled water -fabric clips



Play Music My -irst few maternity sessions were shot completely in silence…Can you believe that!? I felt such an urgency to -ill the silence in the room with a stream of conversation/verbal guidance as well as frantic camera clicks. During preparation the day before, I make sure my maternity playlist is loaded and ready to go -illed with songs that have a catchy beat but is “clean” in their lyrics. This was probably the one change that made the biggest difference in my anxiety level during the session. It puts the clients at ease and helps me to not feel like I have to constantly give verbal directions. Some of my favorite artists to include on the playlist include: Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber (lol) Know your angles Knowing your angles not only will help so much in your post work but allow you to deliver a much more diverse gallery with just a few out-it changes. One of my favorite variations to include a gallery include shooting top down from behind the mama to capture the detail of a hand resting on top of her growing belly. In this pose, shooting wide open, you can toggle between focusing on her hand/belly and her lashes, nose, or hair accessories to create different artistic perspectives. Find your “LBD” Is there a dress in your closet that is tried and true and looks gorgeous even as you -luctuate between those +/- 5? Stock your client closet with these go-to dresses that you know will look -lattering on mamas in a range of sizes. Stock dresses that won’t crease or ride up on or around weird places, that doesn’t wrinkle easily and can be clipped in or let out quickly during a session. One of my favorite dresses that is also a client favorite is a full tulle skirt dress that ties around a form -itting lace bodice. It photographs beautifully no matter if mamas are standing, sitting, or lying down. It’s so versatile and -lattering almost every client requests it as a part of their session Keep it short and sweet Maternity sessions can be done relatively quickly! In my sessions, clients get 2 out-its total and I’ve always been able to deliver a 50 image+ gallery while keeping the shooting time to under 30 minutes. I do caveat by saying that during my consultation, we go over the session -low as well as pick out their out-its. Further, the 30 minute of shooting time doesn’t include hair/makeup, if you offer that service. Maternity sessions have becomes one of my favorite sessions to book because they are so fast to shoot and even faster to edit. Booking the client at the maternity stage will almost always guarantee a newborn or fresh48 booking as well. If you’ve been nervous or shying away from this genre of photography, I hope the above list provided you with some tools in your arsenal to give it another try. Most of all, always try to relax, be genuine, and have fun! It’s such a true pleasure to capture this special moment in a mama’s life.


Ana Brandt

If you are going to be a Maternity Photographer there are some must have items you really need to have in your closet. When I started I had fabric and clips and that’s it! If that is what you start with great, and then build up from there. You should pre consult with your client before the session, so you are aware as to what types of gowns they want to wear. Are they bringing their own clothes or using yours? If using yours, do they know what gowns you have and if not, schedule a pre consult. We ask our clients to choose from our store and send us any inspiration images in case we do not have something. In addition, if they want flowy fabric and gowns and you do not have an assistant, you should make sure you have one. You also want to advise on undergarments that they may need. If they are picking sheer fabrics and gowns, then they should wear nude underwear to their skin color, as well as a strapless bra perhaps. Lucy covers some of her favorite things for Maternity sessions in her article, and here are a few of mine. Here are some things that are essential for your closet… • Nipple Covers of various skin tones are ideal • Bandeaus are handy to have in case they do not a have strapless bra • Small clips to clip fabric or gowns • Small stool to put under their foot to help with posing • A good fan! • A robe for nude sessions • Loose fabric at least 3-4 year’s for tossing • A selection of maternity gowns • Stools for sitting • Ladder for you the Photographer so you aren’t shooing “up the subjects nose”



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Luciana Calvin


By Barkha Agarwal “People never forget how you make them feel�. In the genre of Maternity Photography, wonderful photos are important, but so is the client experience. A good client experience can make or break your session. I have compiled a list of steps that you can follow to enhance your client experience and have happy customers. These customers would then want to come back to you again and would refer more clients to you. They will become your fans!!


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Have Empathy - The clients you deal with are pregnant women. They are going through the best phase of their life but it's mixed with emotional and physical highs and lows. You should understand what they are going through and empathize with them. The last thing they would want to deal with right now is a bossy or a rude photographer. Make them feel valued and important.

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Win them in the first conversation This really helps. Congratulate them and tell them that you are really happy for them. Have a warm conversation and not just a transactional one. Talk about your shooting style and make them resonate with you. Mean what you say. You cannot fake it. They would know. It's not just one conversation but a series of upcoming conversations and experiences.

3. Pre-Consultation: Ask them what they want - they are waiting to be heard - Get your clients involved. Always try to understand what they are looking for. Ask them if they know what they want from the session. Are there any specific images which they really want? They might have some ideas which you can use to create a completely out of the box image. There have been many instances when I worked with my clients on ideation and created something amazing. 4. Send them the client Prep-Guide - This helps them prepare really well for the session. The last thing they would want is to spend an entire evening thinking about what they might have to take with them for the session. Spend time and create a detailed prep guide for your clients. This shows that you care about them and their photoshoot session. Ana has a beautiful prep-guide template, you might consider exploring that.


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Provide a comfortable shoot environment - You want your studio to exhibit warmth. It should be a welcoming place. Maybe light up a few candles and have some snacks and coffee for clients. This helps them to relax and feel comfortable. A clean and hygienic place emits positive vibes and you definitely want to convey the positivity to your clients.

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Make them feel happy and connected - Maternity sessions are all about emotions and the bond between the couple. If the clients are relaxed and happy, this will reflect in your images. You can use music to help them ease out and connect with their partner. Ask them to think about happy thoughts. You may ask the lady to close her eyes and feel her baby. This would spark joy on her face. It’s that joy which you have to capture in your pictures. This would definitely take your photographs to the next level. Try it. Some beautiful emotive clicks from my session are shown along with the article.


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Product Packaging should reflect your brand - How do you package your products? Do you wrap them beautifully, or do you just stuff them in cardboard boxes and ship. Does your packaging look beautiful? Will it give a sense of delight to the person who opens it? We all feel happy opening up a beautifully wrapped package, right? Your packaging should be reflective of your brand. It is an essential part of the overall client experience.Â

These are some of the steps which I follow, to ensure that my clients have a wonderful photoshoot experience with me. Ask yourself, what kind of experience do you want to provide to your clients? What do you want them to remember you as? I firmly believe that a great client experience is not just a good-tohave but a must-have to build a strong business. Website - www.memoriesbybarkha.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/memoriesbybarkha Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/memoriesbybarkha/ E-Mail - memoriesbybarkha@gmail.com


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By MJ Biasi


Backlighting an image is a way to get that dreamy glow that you’re looking for when shooting in the studio. When you experiment with light, magical things can happen. Never be afraid to play with light! Here are some great tips for back lighting a maternity image.

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First, you want to start with a bright white seamless paper.

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You will need two lights typically to backlight, or at least that's the way I prefer the backlight. It can be achieved with one light, but I use two.

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When backlighting an image, you want to have the silver reflectors on your strobes. You really don’t want any light to spill out.

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You will put a strobe on each side of the paper. They will be up about 7 feet high. You want to point them directly at the backdrop; they’re going to be pointed diagonally, inward, to hit the backdrop. Ideally you would want the light to overlap each other from each light source. I usually have my lights powered almost full power. Sometimes that’s too much so I dial it back a little bit.


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DON’T BE AFRAID TO PLAY! We are not aiming to directly light your subject here, we are pointing them at that white paper. In doing this, the light will bounce off of that paper and back onto your subject. Giving her that beautiful glow.

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When backlighting your subjects, you are going to be right around F/11- F/13. And your ISO will be right around 100 or 160 usually. And sometimes you have to play with the settings. A few test shots and you will know if you’re on the right track.

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One of the most important things about backlighting is, your subject has to be at least 6 feet away from your seamless paper. You never want her standing too close to the backdrop. So this means, when you are backlighting, you need to roll your paper out pretty far on the floor for her to have plenty of room to stand well away from the backdrop.


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In most cases you will need the help of post processing to get your images perfected when it comes to backlighting. Because we’re not putting any light directly on our subject, we usually need to fix that in post. So, your subject may typically look slightly underexposed in camera, but that’s totally fine. You want the back of the image to glow and light her enough.

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Once you’re in post processing, a few levels adjustments, brightness and contrast adjustments, and probably a curves adjustment would be all you need to fix any lighting issues.

10. You will be left with nothing but gorgeousness! Light these bellies up! Never be afraid to play!

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Maternity Portraiture, along with just about any type of portrait photography, has changed. Why has it changed? Because times change, styles change, EVERYTHING changes. Is that a problem? Well it can be… If we, as professional photographers, are not making sure that we are providing a service, experience, and portraits that keep up with the “times” so to speak. Then yes, it’s a BIG problem and you are more than likely loosing money. So, what do we do to “keep up with the times” yet remain timeless?


We need to constantly evaluate our business, our style and simply pay attention to what is going on around us. As an example, do you know what the color of the year is? Did you even know we had a color of the year? The official color of the year is classic blue. Why is it important to know or even care about the color of the year? Pantone Institute says, “The color of the year is a trendsetting concept for branding, marketing and the creative society as a whole.” Are we not creatives? Do we not need to know how to market? YES! Yes, to all of it! You need to know these things ESPECIALLY when it comes to your maternity portrait work. The truth is simply this, if we want to make serious money in the maternity field, we HAVE to give clients something worth booking us for. By keeping our maternity portraiture MODERN, we will attract the up and coming generation of expecting mama’s. As a whole the maternity portrait field still gets put on the back burner. I still hear it regularly… “No one will spend money on maternity pictures, they want the newborn pictures.” Guys this is just NOT TRUE. However, it will be true if we do not appeal to our modern moms. I STILL to this day have people look at me like I’m telling a lie when I say a little over 70% of my business is maternity… ONLY maternity. I am still not sure why it is that hard to believe. I have found my niche; I know it backwards and forwards. I have spent years learning about my field, my clients, and about pregnancy itself. My clients can see this immediately and know they are in good hands.



So, what do we know? We KNOW that modern moms want bold locations, not every mom wants to be in a wheat field with a flower crown. If you shoot in studio, don’t use the same backgrounds you have had for your seniors, babies and everything else under the sun. INNOVATE! They want gowns that everyone will say “ohhhh ahhhhh” at when they share their images. Not every mom wants a flowy off-white gown. Put them in a fitted gown for goodness sake! Let them show some skin. Motherhood doesn’t mean we fold up shop and quit caring. Becoming a mother is one of the most POWERFUL and lifechanging times in any woman’s life! Pregnancy should be celebrated not hidden. We KNOW soon to be mamas want posing that makes them feel like a model! Why do we pose every mom in the exact same way? They are pregnant, not immobile, they can do other things with their arms and hands aside from holding their baby bumps. TRY NEW THINGS. Always being safe of course. Posing can be tough because you feel limited. You may just not quite get it because maybe you can’t relate to pregnancy, THAT’S OK! Think of this though, how do you pose (or how would you pose) a model? Take some of those movements and positions and incorporate it into your posing for your maternity sessions. Maybe try shooting from a different angle. Lastly, we KNOW these modern mamas want an experience they can brag to their friends about. Why would anyone pay more for your services if they are the exact same as the person down the street who is $500 dollars cheaper.


Now let’s focus on what we do NOT know. Which is HOW do we breakout of the same cycle of those expecting mamas who want the dreaded “simple” images. The same images they have seen their friends do. The same images you have probably been shooting time and again. The answer is… YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE THEM, tactfully of course. You must play a part in EVERY session you do. WHY? So that you can guarantee the vision you have can come to life. For example, I bring ONE gown for EVERY SINGLE client that walks through my doors. (Yes, I charge appropriately so that I can do that.) The reason for that is, if I have a client who tells me they want to take pictures in jeans and a white t-shirt…. I will kindly explain that I will photograph whatever they want. I will make it clear that that is not my style but if it is something they want for whatever reason, I shoot it. BUT you better believe we will shoot in the gown I have also! When it comes down to it do you really think a picture of them in their jeans is going to overrule a picture of them in this amazing gown? NO WAY! PLUS, now you have marketing material to attract other expecting mama’s looking for that more modern feel! Do you see where I am going with this? You, in a sense, are forcing your client to see the difference between what I like to call “your mom’s maternity portraits” and “Modern Maternity Portraiture”. Your clients do not really know what they want until you show them. This rule applies in almost every area of photography. Right down to sales and products. What about posing? How do we break out of the posing that is in every maternity shot we see? Even further HOW do we get our clients to do the poses we want them to? Well my friends, again this falls on you. As the professional photographer you have to ask your clients to move the way you want. I know you may be thinking “Karen, I ask and they say it feels weird, or they don’t do it all? Now what?” I will use my own personal example: when I ask a client for a pose and they seem shy or act like they do not want to do it I simply say. “Let’s try it. You can always get rid of it if you really don’t like it.” AND BOOM I’ve got my modern pose! Even in the small chance they do not like that image, you again still have marketing material for the moms who ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW LOOKING FOR YOU! Maternity portraiture will forever be a huge field of portrait photography. The same as weddings and newborns. It is up to us to make sure that we are not missing out on the HUGE amount of income we could be bringing to our studio by failing to improve our craft.


Everything falls on us as the professional photographer. That’s ok though, we are in this industry to create. We want everything to fall on us! Those modern mamas are WAITING on you!!!!

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My studio is in my city’s downtown district & is just steps away from some amazing areas for taking photos! I love using the grittiness of the brick & concrete as a backdrop for all of my sessions (well.... maybe not newborns) but I especially love that setting with my maternity clients.



Laura Bryant


For urban maternity sessions, I love pairing the setting with a dramatic long gown. It is the perfect way to showcase the urban expanse with this gorgeous momma to be in this gorgeous dramatic gown! Get creative with architecture. Using the amazing old arches, doors & warehouses are all just perfect backdrops! Shoot late into the evening & take advantage of street lights. We have this amazing spot with Edison bulbs going across the street that is a gorgeous!

Don’t be afraid to break out of the fields & parks & add a little concrete to your sessions!!


April Zegers


1- Scouting and selecting your location Plan an exploration visit before your session and look for possible locations you would like to photograph. Make sure professional photography is allowed in the area and find out if a special permit is required ahead of time. You will also want to make sure it is a family friendly environment and that everyone will feel safe and comfortable exploring the surroundings. Restroom facilities nearby are a must when photographing maternity! If possible, try to find a sitting area where your clients can rest between poses. 2- Choosing the best time of the day Photographing in urban areas can be much trickier than you realize. Natural sunlight is often blocked by tall buildings or structures and the light will come in several different directions at once. Metal and glass buildings are often reflectors and can influence the overall look and focus of your image. If you choose to photograph during the week, you will also want to consider the schedule of surrounding businesses. Streets get a lot busier at rush hour (8 AM and 5PM) and at lunch time (normally 11 AM – 1 PM). If your session is during the weekend, consider researching the city schedule ahead of time for special events such as ballgames, weddings, church gatherings, parades, or other occurrences that could interfere with your plans. 3- Planning the mood of your session. Is your client looking for a fancy photoshoot in high hills with a long gown, or a more casual session in jeans and a t-shirt ? It's critical to discuss details and brainstorm ideas ahead of time so there is no room for miscommunication. Fortunately, major urban settings can accommodate either style, you will just need to get creative about it. 4- Camera settings

For that gorgeous creamy background and fun bokeh consider using a lens with a large aperture (low f/ stop). You can compensate for the high light by using a low ISO and a fast shutter speed. If you prefer to have greater depth with your subject and background both in focus, you will want to increase your f/ stop. In order to give your image some movement, try setting your camera in a tripod and photographing with a very low shutter speed and a higher ISO. I encourage you to try different settings and figure out what best represents your style and works for your personal vision. 5- Shooting with a purpose Unlike parks with an assortment of trees and natural props, an urban setting can have less opportunities for a variety of backgrounds. It's import to be creative with angles and poses to provide your client a distinct and unique gallery (and possibly a larger sale for you!). Flowering plants, signs, cars, and even light poles can add great texture to your images. Changing lenses for a different “look” is also a great way to offer variety within the same environment.

Bonus Tip: Fisheye lenses can be a fun and unique way of adding artistic flair to your gallery. Have fun, Deborah Koch

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This image was captured when I was teaching in Mexico FOUR years ago. I had the model lay down on the dirty steps to capture this shot. Would I do that shot now? Most likely not. We are in a dierent world now and keeping your client clean and safe is now more important than ever. Be sure to discuss and pre plan your maternity session with your client. When working in public places, make sure they are clean and safe. Nothing is worth risking the health of a newborn baby that is due with great expectation!

—Ana Brandt