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    Maternity shots

    I've done my general Google search and forum search, but can't come up with anything decent. Does anyone have any instructions/suggestions for maternity photos at home. I tried some shots with directional lighting, but other than that I'm lost.
    -Chris

    "I'd Really Rather You Didn't Use My Existence As A Means To Oppress, Subjugate, Punish, Eviscerate, And/Or, You Know, Be Mean To Others. I Don't Require Sacrifices, And Purity Is For Drinking Water, Not People."
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    If by "maternity" you mean pregnancy,
    and not afterward, I have several rules
    to avoid unpardonable cliché:

    1. No touching the belly.

    2. No gazes down at the belly.

    3. No gazes off into the future.

    4. No soft focus.

    I just shot my wife through her pregnancy
    and you can find the gallery here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanders...7619413429032/

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    I'll take a look once I leave work. I can manage most websites here, but it seems to hate flickr.com/signup

    I just looked at your gallery for some reference. Thanks for the info.
    Last edited by Fireguy2002; 11-02-2009 at 03:35 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Sometimes you just gotta
    -Chris

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    Great stuff Sanders!
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    Although this breaks a number of Sander's rules, I've always liked the following picture Nicole made...

    http://www.nicoleboenigmcgrade.com/p...&btn=portrait1

    I'm not sure the approach needs to be any different than any other portrait. (I just realized the link goes to a page of thumbnails, the one I'm referring to is in the third row down. all the way to the right.)

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    I like that one as well. It may not need to be any different than any other portrait, but I have a ways to go before I can consider my stuff with the general population. Plus it's about -10 outside so I need all the ideas I can get to shoot inside. I guess you wouldn't notice the blue lips in b&w.
    -Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleiflexible View Post
    If by "maternity" you mean pregnancy,
    and not afterward, I have several rules
    to avoid unpardonable cliche....
    That about covers it, Sanders. Thanks for taking the pressure off my otherwise un-silenceable inner curmudgeon.

    Yours are the first maternity images I didn't loathe. They were beautiful.
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    done a few...
    slightly different than most; I think...

    http://www.emilschildt.com/GRAVID.htm

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    I generally agree---like any other portrait, you try either to avoid the cliches or to subvert them from within.

    This won't work for everyone, but I can't resist tooting my own horn about the one photo from my wife's pregnancy that I really like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ntenny/...7605957020849/

    I think there's a lot of potential in IR film for maternity shots and parent/baby portraits, but obviously it's something of a special effect to be used with care.

    -NT
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    The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
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    All the old timers have showed up to work now. I'll have to wait to look until I get home to see "those nasty pictures"

    People crack me up.
    -Chris

    "I'd Really Rather You Didn't Use My Existence As A Means To Oppress, Subjugate, Punish, Eviscerate, And/Or, You Know, Be Mean To Others. I Don't Require Sacrifices, And Purity Is For Drinking Water, Not People."
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