Fine Art Portraits
My inclination has always to do more poignant/pensive maternity portraits rather than 'yippee we're pregnant' type images. It's such an emotional time, most notably for the mother to be and some quiet reflective images are exactly what you will want to look back on.
Beautiful lighting and gentle posing, nothing garish or in your face, I love backlit images that outline the gorgeous curves, the drapery are secondary for me, I would rather the image is about the woman not the props and that goes for any type of portrait. I don't like the trend in newborn imagery of prop heavy set ups with silly things to pose a baby in type photos, and likewise if a pregnant lady has a massive sheet draping her and the wind machine blowing her hair, to me that is just over the top.
For a pregnancy photographer London is the perfect place to be as there is a huge mix of nationalities and cultures, the majority of my maternity shoots are from foreign nationals living and working the capitol. I think the British are still slightly shy of the camera although they are coming around...especially as families are smaller now so the time a woman is pregnant is such a small amount of time, people want to remember it...
Susan Porter-Thomas LSWPP - Maternity Photography London