Maternity then + now

Maternity…then and now…

The image on the left is one of the first maternity portraits I took. I want to say it was 2010-2011. The image on the right is the last maternity session I had in 2015. There are many vast differences between the two images. Let’s break it down:

Lighting. On the left we have on camera flash…which left us with harsh shadows behind Momma, a bright forehead where the majority of the flash was fired and we completely lost any details at the bottom of the image on her black pants. On the right we have off camera lighting with the help of a soft box. This provided more even lighting, pleasing shadows to add depth and significant detail in all parts of the image.
Posing. My blond Momma looks like she’s falling into the crib, her head tilt is a bit much and her arm on the crib rail looks kinda creepy. In hindsight, I should have moved her 6-12 inches in front of the crib and had both hands touch her body in some way…similar to what is going on with my auburn hair Momma. Take notice of their chins…pink dress Momma has a better defined jawline and no “double” chin.
Editing. I’ve produced some really bad editing in the past. My first maternity session image isn’t the worst I have created. It’s a bit over saturated and with the flash/shadows this image resembles more of a snapshot that your Gramma would take. The image on the right has more of an artistic and timeless feel with a clean edit that will withstand the passing years.


No one is an awesome photographer over night. It takes a lot of time and many many many hours of practice. Not to mention continuous education in your craft. As an artist, you should only compare your creations to your own creations…because that is what matters. Sally can be lapping you on the track, but it isn’t her progress you should be concerned with, it’s your own progress. Strive to be better than you were the day before and you are headed in the right direction. 🙂