Pregnancy Photo Shoot

I was recently asked to do a pregnancy shoot for Darlene. After several years shooting weddings, I found myself looking forward to the challenge of  a new genre of photography where I could apply a bit of my main field while exploring something totally new. This photo shoot called for a little bit of classic portraiture, with plenty of time for my own artistic license, and of course a bit of goofy fun. To be honest, the only preganancy photos that I’ve seen have been somber black and white photos next to a window, or perhaps with a simple backdrop. This serves a purpose, allowing the subject to easily become the central focus in the image. As such, I made sure to do a few photos like this, and came away with some really beautiful shots.

However, I also wanted to take some photos that were a bit more fresh, energetic, and reflected some of the intricacies of who I was photographing. Pregnancy photos can be contemplative, but I figured that they could also be sexy, fun, and energetic too. In fact, when talking to Darlene, she basically wanted to document this important stage in her life, but though photos that showed off different sides of her persona, only one of which was the obvious “pregnant.” So we spent some time, shot lots of photos, and used a variety of backdrops from Darlene’s awesome retro kitchen floor in a knockout green dress, to playing with the last of the fall leaves outside, to a bit of classic portraiture by the window (yes, I can do that too ;).

Thanks so much to Darlene for giving me this opprotunity. I couldn’t have found an easier, more fun, or more photogenic mom-to-be to work with.  Below is a small selection of what we came away with.

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  • Abby

    I love your photos and am interested in becoming a pregnant model. I am 33 weeks pregnant, any advice?



  • Darla

    I love your photos. Could you please tell me some info on the technical side. F stop, lighting, lenses. I’m an up and coming photographer and your info would be very appreciated.

  • Hi Darla,

    These are natural light shots with either Canon 5D Mk II or Nikon D700 cameras (while I was comparing the two). Lenses are the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 or Canon 24-105 f/4, shot at maximum aperture.


  • erica

    erica 8 months ready to go.

  • What a fun set of maternity images! I especially love the one of the mom to be throwing the leaves up into the air!