Re: Pregnancy/Baby Bump Photoshoot
Hey Bill, great suggestions as always
You will probably need a softbox or two to cast very soft light on the model. Even a single softbox and a reflector sometimes works wonders. Stay about 10 feet away from the backdrop. If you want a completely black blackground, use a black (or dark) backdrop, but make sure you keep a good distance between the model and the backdrop to prevent any light from illuminating the backdrop. Wash the model with light, but keep it off the backdrop. Even a white background can appear black if left in shadow.
If you want to focus on the belly area, a snoot for your speedlight flash is a cheap way to get good results. Using the flash off camera can help you light just the torso, which is, of course, the focus of maternity photos. Take a look at Gary Fong's "Power Snoot" (60 bucks) http://www.garyfongestore.com/flash-acc ... snoot.html
Honestly, it's rather cheap chrome plated plastic, but it does work. You may be able to find a knockoff for a lot cheaper like on eBay or similar. Gary's stuff works, and the ideas are good, but I think the prices are a little out of sight for something made of molded plastic.
Let us know how it goes! (The photography part that is).