Every other day I get an email or message from an expecting mum that goes like this: “We are looking for someone to do our maternity shoot and things are very complicated during this lockdown! I’m afraid by the time it’s over I wouldn’t have captured these memories”. And my heart goes out to each one of you!
Even though the 24-hour lockdown has been lifted in Dubai, it’s still not possible to do an in-person photoshoot as of now because the risk is just too high, especially if you are pregnant.
But if you’ve waited years for this miracle baby to arrive..
If you’ve always wanted memories of your older child hugging your pregnant belly..
If this is the last time you will carry a baby in your body..
I feel your disappointment!
But I’m here to tell you it most definitely is possible to get beautiful, emotive, lifestyle maternity photos even during the coronavirus pandemic. While I may not be able to physically come to your home to capture your photos, I can most definitely guide you through a video call on how to take your own photos and professionally edit them for you to make them extra special.
Have a look at Belinda’s maternity photoshoot below. We did the whole shoot through a Zoom video call. Her husband David was in charge of the camera and I guided them both throughout the call.
In the behind the scenes screenshots below, you can see David was using an old Panasonic Lumix digital camera. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get too close to his wife and had to wear a mask throughout the session due to the nature of his job but it was brilliant watching him following my instructions perfectly.
A week before the session, Belinda and I coordinated on Whatsapp. We decided on a date and time and we also talked about dresses that she could wear for the shoot. Considering she couldn’t buy anything new, we went with a really pretty, blue-colored, flowy dress that was already in her wardrobe.
Have a look at some of the beautiful photos we took:
Throughout the shoot, I was guiding David on where to stand, what angle and height he should be holding the camera and what camera settings to use. And at the same time, I was telling Belinda where to stand, how to pose and constantly giving feedback which really helped to make these photos look more polished.
I don’t think you need lots of props to make your maternity photos special. A bed, chair, cot or even a window can provide so much variety to your session.
I loved how the wooden rocking horse and the baby cot added a feeling of loving anticipation to the photos.
I also adore bump shots, where you can just see mum’s arms, lovingly wrapped around the belly! The contrast between the white bedding and Belinda’s blue dress really made the photos pop!
In the end, even though David couldn’t hug, kiss, or be near his wife, we really wanted him to be in at least one photo for memory’s sake. I think the photo below really captures the essence of what the coronavirus situation has meant for them.
If you are expecting a baby soon and need help deciding if this is a good option for you, send me a message here or click the button below to learn more about these special photoshoots.