Tips & Techniques » Baby-Bump Photography
|Fabric draped on the baby bump is fashionably appealing, yet not too revealing.|
Time was when a woman 'with child' covered up one of the most fabulous parts of her body at a most incredible time in her life. It was almost taboo to reveal a growing tummy. Clothing was designed to camouflage the protrusion, as if it were something to be silent about or hidden. But that trend has changed. Gone are fashions by Omar-the-tent-maker. Today you’ll more likely find a tight, camouflage tank top smoothly hugging what is now endearingly called the 'baby bump,' or even a bikini baring it to the world.
One person who changed the public perception of the pregnant woman was Lucille Ball. The I Love Lucy series was one of the first television shows revealing a pregnancy. Yet, as Lucy comically waddled off-balanced, her fashions always concealed the reason why. According to a biography of Ball, CBS executives insisted the word "expecting" be substituted for "pregnant." The seven episodes which were planned around Ball’s actual due date ended with a record viewer rating, with more viewers tuning in to witness the fictional Lucy Ricardo give birth than had seen Eisenhower's inauguration. Lucille Ball broke the barrier and set the pace for those who dared to follow.
Fast forward to August 1991, four decades later, when portrait shooter Annie Leibovitz’s famous (or infamous) photo of a bare-bellied, pregnant Demi Moore graced the cover of Vanity Fair. Actually “graced” was not exactly the word people were expressing, some used words more like “grotesque” and “obscene.” However over the past 21 years there have been a long string of copycats of this pose, from models Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer to singers Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
With the growing popularity of celebrity baby-bump photos (if you Google it, you can find hundreds of images), ordinary moms-to-be want to memorialize this remarkable occasion in their lives and photographers are most happy to oblige.
|Using tiny baby sneakers as a prop adds a novel twist of whimsy.|
How to Shoot the Baby Bump
Having done quite a few pregnant-mother shoots, I’ve discovered ways to show love, pride, and anonymity (if desired), resulting in a creative and beautiful pictorial of the baby bump.
The Right Exposure:
|Using big sister in the photo shoot invites a loving relationship--and produces a beautiful pictorial.|
Creative Props and Scenes:
|Hearts and hands creatively transform
the visual into a loving memory.
There are so many ways to make a baby-bump shoot a fun and enjoyable event for all. The shots you take will be a memorial to a unique and very special time.
Rochelle Riservato is a journalist & photographer who has a degree in marketing and advertising from SUNY Farmingdale. For the past three decades she’s worked for many local and national publications. She was recently the recipient of an Outstanding Journalist/Media Presenter Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). Her photography has been showcased at Gallery 128 in Manhattan, The D&H Canal House Museum, and several Kingston, NY galleries. She photographs weddings, actor portraits, events and family portraitures. Her artistry can be seen at www.photosbyrochelle.com and she can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.