How to Photograph Pregnancy eBook
Pregnancy Posing Book

Over 170 pages with how to guides to help you pose, compose and measure light.

15 chapters with over 100 photographs and illustrations guiding you through each pose.

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Pregnancy Posing Guide


A free posing guide that is easy to follow and sets out how to achieve the most common types of pose

The Fashion pose can add a touch of glamour to your images. Whatever you decide to do with the feet positioning or lifting or lowering the shoulder, you will achieve a range of different images. From a subtle hint of fashion to the very glamorous and sexy, you can combine these poses with fabrics, semi-nudes and nudes to really push your creative ideas and images.

As with any posing, one of the first things to consider is her posture and feet position. By changing how she is standing on her feet you will force her to shape her body into a much more flattering pose. Lifting a foot onto her tiptoes, crossing her feet or pointing a foot towards the camera will create a much more dynamic pose.

Position One

The pose starts at the feet and once you have decided how you can ask her to either arch her back slightly or to kick her bottom out to one side. This will depend on your camera angle, if you are at profile or leaning against a wall, an arch in the back may be best however if within a ¾ view or face on, more of a kick to the side may be beneficial. This will create a lovely curve from the feet to the hips.

You may have noticed that this is very similar to the Cradle Pose however with the arm that is closest to the camera, get her to rest her hand on her hip, thigh or small of her back. Where depends on you however be aware of the shapes that you are creating with her body and arm, ideally you should see some light through the arm closest to you and her back. If you do not create curves in her body and ensure that there is space between her back/bump and arm, you may run the risk of making her look wider although as with all posing this really does depend on your client.

With the hand farthest from the camera, get her to place it on top of her bump ensuring that you can see more than just a “fist lump” growing from her belly. Make sure that her fingers look soft and are not stiff or making a fist.

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Position Two

Position two is a very easy and natural progression from position 1. Quite simply the arm that was creating an arch closest to the camera, allow it to hang loose. Where you allow it to hang is up to you, it can rest or be placed or simply left to hang. Once again be aware of the shapes that you are creating and follow the general rule of thumb “if it bends, bend it”.

By changing her gaze, feet position and placement of arms and hands, a wide range of images can be created in a logical sequence.

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Now that we have gotten to the next stage of posing the simple rules should start to become habit. Pose from the feet, kick bottom out, arch back slightly, decide on gaze and hand placement. From one position to another a whole range of images can be created by changing those variables and moving your own feet! Make sure that you explore different shots from different positions and angles!

The Next Stage

These poses will form the bedrock of most of what you will do, these tend to be the safest to ensure that you capture images that both you and your client will be happy with. Some of your clients may wish to pose in fabrics, showing of some more of her bump without going fully nude. This is very popular and if your client is thinking of doing a full nude or Demi, this allows you both to get comfortable.

Next Step - Posing with Fabrics

Did you know that The Art and Technique of Pregnancy Photography eBook contains 3 "Fashion" pose guide illustrations and 4 high quality portrait images? Find out more..

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