Scheduling The Session

Don't forget to determine the client's due date, and try to book the session as close to that date as possible. Many photographers feel that it is best to photograph the mother about midway through the eighth month. At this point in the pregnancy, the mother is still mobile and the abdomen is close to its fiill size. For the mother carrying twins, the time for photographing the pregnancy will be toward the beginning of the third trimester, at about seven months. By this time, the mother of...

Judy Host

Judy Host, owner of Judy Host Photography, located in Danville, CA (thirty miles east of San Francisco), is one of Northern Cali fornia's leading portrait photographers. She has earned her Masters and Pho tographic Craftsman degrees from PPA, and her images arc included in the association's national exhibits. Judy has received three Kodak Gallery Awards (1999, 2000, and 2002) in recognition of her creativity and the pursuit of ex cellence in quality. Many of her images have been...

Tim Meyer

Tim Meyer has worked as a full-time professional photographer since 1979 and currently serves as the chairman of the portrait division at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He has achieved the prestigious Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer distinctions from PPA and also holds a Master's of Art degree from California State University Fullerton. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions of his fine-art...

About The Author

At last, we have someone who creates breathtaking new images. Tony Corbell Jennifer George owns and operates Jennifer George Photography in San Diego, CA. She received her Masters degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in only three years' time and received her Photographic Craftsman degree the next year. After winning the California Photographer of the Year Award in 2001 from Professional Photographers of California she was able to travel across the state, sharing her...

Your Website

A website is a critical component of an effective marketing plan, and having one is just as important as having a business card. Anyone with expendable income will likely have access to a computer and, of course, anyone with expendable income may be willing to spend that cash on your services. A photographer's website is a virtual portfolio. It should demonstrate your photographic style, should contain powerful, current images and must appeal to the demographic you wish to target. Preselling....

Basic Retouching Of Skin

Digital images normally need some type of retouching, from a small amount of sharpening to resizing the image. Below, the basic approach to retouching will be demonstrated in several steps. 1. In Photoshop, open the original image, then duplicate the background layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer). If necessary, sharpen your image first, flatten the layer (Layer> Flatten Image), then create a new duplicate layer and proceed to step 2. 2. Now, we'll use the Healing Brush to remove blemishes,...

Kevin Kubota

Kevin Kubota ofKubota PhotoDesign, Inc., located in Bend, OR, is a wedding and portrait photographer who creates images that speak to the heart. They are filled with emotion, joy, intimacy, and impact. Who better to capture the joyful, intimate moments of pregnancy Kevin's photos have been featured on the covers and pages of many popular magazines and photography books. He has been a Nikon-sponsored speaker, and his work with the Nikon digital camera has been the focus of the...

Kathleen And Jeff Hawkins

Kathleen Hawkins and her husband and partner Jeff Hawkins operate Jeff Hawkins Photography, a successful, fully digital high-end wedding and portrait photography studio in Longwood, FL. Kathleen holds her Photographic Craftsman degree and earned a masters in business administration. She previously taught business courses for a Florida university. She has also served as president of the Wedding Professionals of Central Florida. Kathleen and Jeff are coauthors of Professional Marketing &...

Posing With The Children

Pregnancy And Older Children

Working with children is always a challenge. With the dynamics of the family changing when a new baby comes, the photographer needs to be sensitive There are those moments that make it all worthwhile, when everything comes together and the magic happens. Here, in a split second, the child and mother forgot where they were and expressed their love and affection for each other. Only in a relaxed and safe place can the client and subject let go and become completely natural. When this happens, the...

Gigi Clark

With four college degrees, Gigi has a varied background including multimedia, instructional design, graphic design, and conceptual art. She brings all of her mul ti-disciplined talents to her upscale wedding and creative portrait photography business, Rituals by Design, located in Southern California. Gigi has received numerous awards and honors, including several First Place Awards in PPA and WPPI competitions and the first-ever FujiFilm Setting New Trends Award. In addition, she...

Gail Patrice

Gail Patrice of Patrice Photography of Gold River has been a Sacramento, CA, area photographer for more than twenty-five years. Gail trained formally at the West Coast Photography School, the Golden Gate Photography School, and California Photographic Workshops. She later served on the board of both the Golden Gate Photography School and California Photographic Workshops. Through her work with other studios in her early years, Gail gained a background in portraiture, wedding, and...

Fantasy Images

Baby Belly Photography

For expectant parents, a sonogram provides an exciting opportunity to preview the baby in the womb. Through the technological advances that digital imaging offers, photographers can now help clients to preserve the magical feeling that comes from catching a glimpse of the baby in the uterus. You can use the process outlined below to create a composite portrait that super- portrait that's highly desirable to your clients. atin9 them involves imPortin9 the newborn _ n photo into Photoshop and...

Digital Slimming

Baby Vagina

The liquify filter is a wonderful tool that can be used to slightly slim the arms, under the chin, and along the body line. Here's how it's done 1. In Photoshop, go to Filter gt Liquify. Make sure you are working on a flattened image. 2. Using a very large brush, select the Forward Warp tool and carefully nudge along the length of the arm to slightly slim it. Moving to the inside of the arm, reduce the size of the brush and nudge along the inside of the arm. 3. Using the Pucker tool, gently...

Posing Couples

Couple Maternity Photography Poses

Photographing the mother and dad together is one of the most rewarding aspects of creating maternity portraits. The couple's joy, love, and anticipation is intoxicating especially with the first child. The portrait session allows you to capture an artistic representation of their love and union. There are actually several ways to effectively pose the couple. You might start by having the mother standing, and simply have the father wrap his arms around her from behind. The camera angle can be...

Fabrics

Pregnancy Photography Poses

There are thousands of fabrics available today, but only those that are thin, lightweight, and have texture will work well as attire for your subject. Some of the most effective fabrics for draping over and around the human form are gauze, tulle, muslin, silk, crepe, stretch velvet, and chiffon. In the past, the color selection available for each of these fabric types was rather limited. Today, muslin is not just available in the traditional beige but in numerous colors too. For unique colors...

Photographing Nude Subjects

Nude Maternity Photography Poses

Working with a nude subject presents several challenges for all photographers, male or female. Before beginning the session, make sure you've cultivated a comfortable relationship with the subject. Also, be sure that you fully understand what she wants to achieve during the session and what she is comfortable with. Usually it is the client who wants the nude images, and so she will be fairly comfortable with posing. Next, you will need to determine the best location for the session. Keep in...

Introduction

Photography Poses For Pregnant Women

Words cannot fully describe the beauty of these photos. They are amazing. Both Kent and Keira look like heavenly angels. I really feel like you captured my feelings about my pregnancy too. Are you looking for a new genre that will allow you to increase your studio's revenue Would you like to secure the job of producing a family's portrait work for the next eighteen to twenty-five years Do you want to take advantage of an emerging market trend in portrait photography If you answered yes to any...