There’s a few things I’ve been looking forward to since I found out I was pregnant… Or even before then. Call me vain but I’ve been looking forward to getting maternity photographs for a long long time.
I’m going to another consignment sale tomorrow night and they’re giving out a free belly shot for first time moms-to-be then free follow up sessions with your new baby. I HOPE it’s as good as it sounds because I’d love to get a deal on these, especially since they’re not cheap.
If it doesn’t work out, I have a picture in mind of how I’d like them to look but I’m not sure exactly how to go about finding the photographer. I started by asking for a few referrals from friends on Facebook and Twitter. Then I checked out Craigslist to see who had some deals, and finally just Googled some.
I know I like the studio look better, or at least black and white backgrounds. I don’t like the outside ones as much just because I feel like they look more like modeling shoots and I’m not going for the “model” look as much as the “casual mom” look, haha.
If I do decide to do some outside I’d like them done maybe something like this:
Or like this in a field:
I like blue jeans… Not a dress. And a plain white or black shirt that buttons. I’d like to unbutton the bottom so you can see my tummy, but I don’t like the holding my bare boobies action that much. Don’t get me wrong, those pictures look beautiful when done right, but I don’t think that’s my style. This is basically EXACTLY what I’d like to wear:
I also would like my husband to be in a few, but not all of them… Not even most of them. Maybe like three, haha.
I’m sprinkling some samples I like from local photographers I’ve found in my area so far. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this look… I like how the woman is sorta blended in with the background but the belly sticks out. I wouldn’t necessarily want them ALL like this, but I’d like a few! Being vain again… I like my hair down long and I’d like to show it off in photos so maybe white backgrounds would look nice too.
I am not sure about costs or what my budget is exactly. I’m hoping I can find a good deal and pay no more than $300 for the sitting fee and for a CD of the digital files giving me the rights. Think that’s very realistic? I would LOVE to find a photographer that’s working on their portfolio and would give me a ROCKIN’ deal. My husband isn’t too excited about forking out the dough for this, he says he’ll use my camera and take the photos but I know how that will go…
He gets all fussy and whiny after taking a few shots for me around the house. He took my 26 week photo and it’s blurry!! So yea, that option is out of the picture. But I also can’t fork over $1000 for the digital prints… YIKES!
The frustrating thing when I search around for styles I like is I can’t find a lot of African-American examples. It would be nice to see examples of how my skin tone and my husbands would look on black and white backdrops. I wrote to the photographer behind EP Photography because I really liked her site, and funny enough… The music she had playing on it.
I’m also debating when to have them done. I’m 26 weeks now, and I am worried if I plan them around 35 weeks she’ll come then (crossing my fingers she doesn’t). I’ve heard 7-8 months is a good idea. What do you think? Maybe around 32 weeks? I’ll be exactly 8 months. I don’t want to be too big to where I don’t feel pretty either… Ok, I’m stopping with the vainness now 😉