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.”

What motivates me

I have been a portrait photographer for many years, and photographed thousands of people. I have mastered the technical side of my craft which means learning to use complicated cameras and software. I am skilled at lighting and posing, although neither of those can ever be completely mastered by anyone. I am able to put most of my subjects at ease so I can take portraits of them that they will love and want to purchase and hang on their walls.

So what keeps me interested and excited? What motivates me? First of all, I still find every portrait session a challenge. Every person is different and brings something unique to the camera room. I pressure myself, because I’m a perfectionist and always want to take the perfect portrait of each client. What keeps me in the game is this: I want to create a work of art that will endure and inspire forever. This is my personal challenge to myself. This is the core of what I do, and why I do it.

Sarah and Charlie

Our relationships with out pets are just as powerful as those with people. And even though we don’t see Charlie’s face in this portrait, we can feel the power of his connection to Sarah, who gave him a new life.
“I took Charlie to the people who rescued him from the shelter to take some training classes and learned that Charlie was very, very sick when they found him in the shelter and two days away from being put down. Makes me so sad and very happy. I get emotional every time I look at the pictures, especially after learning of that. You did absolutely wonderful. And the ones that you told me how to pose and at the time I felt akward are by far the very best.
Thank you so much ” – Sarah

Relationship Portraits by Damon Leo portray our strong and emotional connections to out pets.

Relationship Portraits by Damon Leo portray our strong and emotional connections to our pets.