I recently had the opportunity to photograph Krystal and her husband Austin when she was about 8 months pregnant. We did the shoot in their home to make sure she was comfortable and could relax while I was changing setups. I also wanted to use this as a chance to shoot some maternity photos in a more natural setting, in addition to the studio background shots.
Krystal had browsed some maternity photos online and found a pose like this that she really liked. I wouldn't normally use a pose like this, but it came out great. Unfortunately I don't know what photographer she got this from to give them credit.
Something funny is bound to happen when you ask a man to talk to his wife's belly.
I loved this big window in the front of the house. I let Krystal and Austin do their own thing while I moved around trying various compositions.
They had this great chaise lounge that I worked into a few photos. Photographers just love furniture like this. I wanted a dramatic light setup so I locked the camera down on the tripod and triggered the shutter with a remote. This allowed me to hand-hold a snooted flash right above Krystal to concentrate the light on her belly.
We hung out in the nursery for a little while shooting with available light. I closed the drapes to diffuse the sunlight a bit and noticed it made a pretty nice background. By exposing for the drapes and warming up the white balance, we ended up with some great silhouettes.
Shifting to a studio setup, I stick with soft yet dramatic lighting to accentuate her form.
This was in the dining room in front of a window, but it looks like it could be a studio lighting/background setup.
Austin joins Krystal for a few final images
We'll end with another perspective in front of the large windows.