Tips for Creating A Beautiful Maternity Session | Cleveland Maternity Photographer

Photographer Akron Ohio maternity shoot in field

Maternity sessions are some of my favorite to capture because I am tasked with the job of documenting a beautiful journey to parenthood. This is such a sacred time in a couple’s life filled with many different emotions. In addition to momma’s baby bump, I focus on documenting those emotions from an artistic viewpoint that they will forever cherish.

A maternity gallery can feel dull if all the photos are of mom holding her baby bump. To help increase the variety in my maternity galleries, there are a few key steps I incorporate into every session flow.

Tip #1: Incorporate sun flare

I always shoot my outdoor sessions at the golden hour (right before sunset), which provides the opportunity to incorporate sun flare into your images. To achieve this, you’ll want to have the sun directly behind your subject so you are shooting into the sun. A narrow aperture (f/15) will provide you with a more defined sunburst while a wider aperture will add more haze to your image.

maternity session in outdoor field vintage barn sunflare

Tip #2: Leave your subjects out of focus

Sooting wide open (aperture f/1.8) and placing parents-to-be in the background as your secondary subject can create beautiful portraits that draw the viewer’s eye to two different spots in the photograph. To achieve this, I typically incorporate an element of my surrounding (blade of grass, a flower, a dandelion, etc.) and have my focus point on that element while the parents are in the background of the frame. I use the rule of thirds composition and have the element composed at one intersection while the parents are in the opposite intersection.

Photographer Akron Ohio maternity shoot in fieldTip #3: Utilize Unique Angles

I always bring my stepstool with me to maternity sessions in order to ensure I can incorporate interesting angles. I prefer to use park benches or picnic tables that are already on location, but if there aren’t any, I’ll bring out my stool. One of my go-to shots is to stand above mom and shoot down at her belly. Her spouse can also be added into this shot for a different perspective. I also have the couple lay down on a blanket and embrace each other while I shoot from above. I will then walk around the couple and photograph them from various angles.

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Incorporating these simple steps helps ensure I have an amazing gallery. A gallery filled with beautiful shots of the couple, of the amazing journey they are on together, and of the beautiful soul stirring within.


Chelsey Hill is a photographer in Akron, Ohio.  She specializes in maternity, newborn & family photography for the Akron & greater Cleveland areas including, but not limited to the following areas: Medina, Akron, Cleveland, Strongsville, Olmsted Falls, Avon, Avon Lake, Rocky River, Westlake, Mentor, Beachwood, Bay Village, Brecksville, Broadview Heights.

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