Category Archives: Maternity

Maternity Photography Austin TX – Artistic Nude Pregnancy Portrait


Erica is a very creative adventurous young woman, so she wanted something daring and exciting for her maternity portrait. She had a lot of great ideas for poses, so we spent two hours trying different lighting setups and backgrounds. We got so many good shots, that it was hard for her to choose, but this was one of my favorites. I played around with the image in Photoshot and created an interesting matte with a blurred version of the image itself. I’m excited when my client wants to try different ideas to create a unique work of art, but I’m equally happy to work with a more conservative traditional woman to give her an artistic portrait that celebrates this amazing event in her life. I always let the woman decide how traditional or artistic she wants to be, and never push anyone into doing something they are not comfortable with.

My goal is always to use lighting and posing to create a flattering exciting Pregnancy Portrait. Of course, showing the Baby Bump is the point, but there are many ways to do this. Some women do not want to show any skin, so they can either wear an outfit that they bring along that they chose themselves, or I can wrap them in one of the many fabrics that I have on hand at the studio. Semi-transparent fabrics work well, especially with backlighting, to show a more romantic view of the belly.

Hand position is another thing that causes confusion in a maternity portrait. We’ve all seen plenty of pregnant poses in magazines and on the web that look awkward or unnatural and some that appear graceful and natural. I’ve learned what works best over many years of posting women’s hands. I also like to watch my client to see what her natural hand positions are, and perhaps use one of those. The easiest way is to just caress the belly in a natural that would be like communicating with the baby.

The beautiful thing is that no matter what poses we try, they always end up being unique because each person is different and special.


Maternity Portraits Don’t Have to Be Boring

Exotic artistic maternity portrait by Damon Leo Photography Austin TX

When you choose Damon Leo to take your maternity portrait, you are in control of how conservative and traditional or creative and artistic your session is. The main thing is that your portrait needs to be flattering and memorable. In this post, I’m showing that you have options besides the typical standing looking down with your hands on your belly type of portrait.

Creative pregnancy portrait of a joyous happy woman by Damon Leo Photography Austin TX

You also don’t have to be super serious. After all, this is a joyous time in your life. Let’s celebrate it and show some real emotion!

The Truth About Maternity Portraits

I have learned so many things from the wonderful 8th month women that I have photographed. For one thing, I am glad that I’m a man! I know I couldn’t deal with all the incredible changes that take place in a woman’s body, not to mention the pain of childbirth. I’ve learned that women are strong, and deal with all this discomfort because the really want to be the mother of a sweet new human.

I’ve also learned that most pregnant women don’t feel very attractive. To make them feel better, I’ve nurtured my “Photoshop/Wine Belly” by spending countless hours at my computer, retouching my clients to make them look as great as they really are. I also use very flattering lighting and posing to help them look their best.

Since I can’t serve wine, I play nice music during the session, and keep everything low key, unless dance music and play are called for. Remember, you don’t have to act like a model, or try to pose or smile a certain way. Just relax and leave everything up to me, and enjoy feeling pampered and beautiful for a few hours.

The most important thing I’ve learned is this: Pregnant Women Are So Beautiful!

Maternity portraits should be as individual and unique as you are. So please tell me what you would like, and we’ll work together to create it. But if you don’t really know what you want, then just say “Damon, you’re the artist. I trust you.”