What happens on a maternity shoot stays on a maternity shoot. So, what happens?
As a former magazine editor, Sarah Tarca has been in front of the camera constantly, but perhaps not so much as a pregnant-mama-to-be. Now, she shares her personal album pictures and outlines how her maternity photoshoot went down. It goes a little something like this..
What did the day’s activities entail on your pregnancy shoot?
It was such an easy, relaxed morning. We met at 7am, and Autumn already had a vision, which I LOVED. So it was just a matter of relaxing into the shoot so that I looked natural! It was so easy because Autumn is so relaxed anyway, that I felt completely at ease. The whole thing was over in an hour!
Your shoot was early, to catch the sunrise light. Was prepping for the shoot any harder than prepping, pre-bump? Well, I’m awake from 4am anyway, thanks to pregnancy fun times (yay!) so, at least I could use the time to do something useful, instead of groaning in bed! Choosing outfits was definitely a lot harder than a pre-bump shoot, but I just opted for things I felt good in. For me, that’s exactly the same as a non-pregnancy shoot – to get the best, most natural shots you have to feel like yourself, and be comfortable in what you’re wearing. It definitely helps to have something you’ve worn and have been photographed in before, as you’ll know the way it falls, and if it looks good in pics.
How did it feel being in front of the camera with your belly? It’s definitely strange! I’ve been on many photo shoots throughout my career, but I suddenly had no idea of my angles, or curves, and what looks good for the camera. Up until this point in the pregnancy I only had super awkward shots of me groping my stomach! But of course, Autumn is a pro and told me exactly how to stand and where to place my hands and what to do to maximise the beauty of the bump. It’s something I know I will treasure forever. I’m so glad I did it!
Did you have something in mind as to how the pics would turn out & did they? Honestly, I’m not really into cliche maternity shots but I wanted to do this because I LOVED Autumn’s vision and I knew I’d get something beautiful and very different to anything else I’d seen. And I was right. I think at this point in the pregnancy you start to feel decidedly unsexy, but on the day I felt absolutely beautiful: strong, invincible and totally like I could do this. I felt so great, I actually forgot there would be photo evidence of it afterward! I was so happy to just have felt so great for that morning! Now if only I could just bottle that feeling for labour…
A maternity shoot can be quite a vulnerable experience, we don’t know where to put our hands, how to stand, and you look genuinely natural in your pics. Any tips for others on how to not feel awkward in front of the lens?
Let Autumn guide you! Don’t expect to be a pro. I’ve been in many shoots over the years, but had no idea what to do for a bump shoot, plus you’re not the one looking through the lens, so you’ll have no idea what looks good and what doesn’t! Trust Autumn in what she says because she will produce magic. But also, having somewhere to put your hands is key. Hands are the thing that always look the most awkward in photos, so you have to be so gentle and soft with them, and barely touch your body for them to look the most natural. It’s all smoke and mirrors!
Having done the shoot at 7 months preggers, would you say this is the ideal time for a maternity shoot? Yes, because I definitely had a pregnancy bump instead of just looking like I’d eaten too much pasta! And I think by this stage you’re used to your body but not quite over it yet so it’s the perfect time to capture.
You are a beauty writer and editor, and look so pretty in your pics. Any hair & make-up tips for a maternity shoot? Just like the clothes, I think going with a look that you feel good in is the most important thing – and one you’ve tried, and been photographed in before! This is not the time to be YouTubing the latest runway looks! What makes you feel good will be different for everybody, but I definitely think a soft and pretty vibe will always be a good look to complement a bump.
What should you wear to a maternity shoot? Whatever you feel most confident and beautiful in! For me, I liked close-fitting clothes better because I’m short so have a tendency to look dumpy, but it was nice to have a floaty, pretty option too.
Fave part of the experience? Everything! It was honestly one of the most relaxing and fun experiences I’ve ever had on a shoot. Plus, the Opera House at that time of morning is breathtaking.
What does it mean to you to have this keepsake momento? I’m not someone who has been super into documenting my pregnancy, and haven’t been posting a million pics on social with the bump etc, so there was a very real chance I’d get to the end of it and not have any photos from this time. Having now done it I’m SO glad I have something to remind me of this time because I’m sure in a couple months it will be a long lost memory!
Would you recommend this as a gift experience/activity? Absolutely! I think so many women are shy of their bumps so wouldn’t think to do it themselves, or they might be at a stage where they don’t feel very beautiful either, so this gives them the chance to feel incredible for the day. For that reason alone it was a magical experience, but then of course you get the photos forever too! It definitely beats a dodgy, blurry iPhone pic on your partner’s phone!
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