Maternity Photoshoot Manchester – A Self Portrait Session
When I was pregnant with Dylan – my first – I opted to hire a photographer to do the maternity session.We lucked out on the day and it snowed – amazing! With number 2 on the way and a flurry of snow just yesterday – I headed on out to do a impromptu self portrait maternity session.I’m currently 33 weeks and so it’s perfect timing to get photos done.Sadly the photographer I wanted to work with has limited availability so here we are!
I’ve never really experimented with self portraits however it’s something I have wanted to explore. I found some challenges with this side of things including positioning and timing however overall I’m super happy with the results and memories I’ve been able to create.
The session was photographed on self timer mode using the iPhone 13 Pro.
If you’ve considered doing some self portraits here are some tips you may find useful!
- Choosing the Perfect Location: Manchester boasts a plethora of picturesque locations that can serve as the ideal backdrop for your maternity photoshoot. Consider places like the historic Castlefield, the lush Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, or the iconic Northern Quarter with its eclectic street art. Think about the mood you want to capture and select a location that resonates with your personal style.
- Timing is Everything: Plan your photoshoot during the golden hours, typically early in the morning or late in the afternoon, to make the most of the soft, flattering natural light. This will add a warm and ethereal quality to your self-portraits, enhancing the overall mood of the images.
- Wardrobe Choices: Your choice of clothing can significantly impact the visual appeal of your maternity photos. Consider flowey dresses, off-shoulder tops, or form-fitting outfits that accentuate your baby bump. Choose solid colours or subtle patterns that complement the chosen location and bring out your natural glow.
- Accessorise and Personalise: Add a personal touch to your self-portraits by incorporating meaningful accessories. Whether it’s a pair of baby booties, a sonogram picture, or a cherished piece of jewellry, these items can add sentimental value to your maternity photos.
- Camera Setup: If you’re using a smartphone or a camera with a self-timer feature, make sure to set it up securely on a tripod. Test the angles and framing before the actual shoot to ensure you capture the best moments effortlessly.
- Posing Naturally: Relax and be yourself during the photoshoot. Capture candid moments by walking, gently cradling your baby bump, or even sharing a tender moment with your partner if they’re involved. Natural, unposed shots often make for the most beautiful and authentic maternity photos.
- Editing and Enhancements: Once you’ve captured your self-portraits, consider using photo editing tools to enhance the colors, contrast, and overall aesthetics. Keep the edits subtle to maintain the authenticity of the moment.
- Documenting the Journey: Beyond the photoshoot, consider creating a blog or a journal to document your pregnancy journey. Share your thoughts, feelings, and the stories behind the self-portraits. This not only adds depth to the images but also creates a beautiful narrative for you and your child to cherish in the years to come.
A self-portrait maternity photoshoot or working with a photographer to do one in Manchester is not just about capturing images; it’s about embracing the beauty of your journey into motherhood. With the right location, timing, wardrobe choices, and a sprinkle of creativity, you can create timeless memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. So, step in front of the camera, celebrate your radiant self, and let Manchester be the canvas for your unique maternity story.
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