I am a fan of anything “free.” So, when I perused Seattle Craigslist for “free (birth) photographer,” you can imagine the limited results. First, the usual budding photog’s portfolio required you to be at least 18 and accept that ‘nude/erotica’ was a possibility. Second, not many people want to photograph a birth that they’ll have to drop everything to wait for that birth to even happen. That’s a planned home birth for you.
After filtering through all possible Craigslist categories with a variety of keyword semantics of “photograph(y/er),” I actually came across a free maternity session. The serious thought of having someone else take pictures of my second pregnancy hasn’t crossed my mind because I think I do well with my toothpaste-backwash bathroom mirror. It gets the point across – “I’m so-and-so-weeks pregnant. Boom! ::BELLY SHOT::”
Here’s my problem: Do you make demands of what not to do or just follow the photographer’s cues because they’re free? That’s my dilemma for the opportunity for someone to use something other than a camera phone to capture my last weeks of (a possible last ever) pregnancy. My fear and ultimate embarrassment are the run-of-the-mill maternity shots that make me think, “Well, that’s entirely unnatural” or “Wow, that poor husband.” I could very well just not choose the mainstream poses as a part of the promise of 10 free edited images in return for being the photographer’s maternity guinea pig. Then it will still be floating around cyber space somewhere though. Existing. Lingering. Mocking.
Dear photographer, please don’t make me:
But, yes, please do:
1) Capture our family’s personality.
2) Make me look good in natural light.
3) Let me make suggestions from my maternity ideas Pinterest board!
Check out our photos here: Seattle Family + Maternity Photo Shoot Session
What is your favorite or not-so-favorite maternity pose or photo shoot idea?
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