What You'll Get
- $89 for one 45-minute maternity photo shoot and one 5”x7” print ($200 value)
The Maternity Photo Session includes:
- a 45-Minute session for up to 3 people from Bella Vita Photography
- One professional print sized to 5”x7” (print credit)
- Clients will be able to download images via a sharable online gallery for up to 30 days (files are posted to online gallery within 7-10 days after the photo shoot)
- Image files are sized at 4x6 at 120 DPI (low resolution), suitable for online and social media
The photographer recommends scheduling maternity photo shoots when you are 7–8 months pregnant.
Lighting: The Key to a Good Portrait
To capture you at your best, photographers must work with a fickle apprentice—light. Check out Groupon’s overview of the ways that light makes you look good.
Shadows enveloping your neck. A double chin that shouldn’t be there. Blemishes on the forehead rather than your favorite hat. Every amateur photographer has suffered the ill effects of bad lighting. Professionals, however, understand the virtues of proper lighting in bringing out the best of their subjects, whether within the controlled world of the studio or out amid the unpredictable mercy of the outdoors.
In a studio, photographers employ a set of tools that ensures light only hits their subjects in the most flattering ways. Depending on how the subject and photographer want photos to look, shadows can either mar an otherwise great shot—by emphasizing wrinkles and imperfections—or add drama, texture, and dimension through the highlighted contrast. They can reduce the contrast by using a broad light source, which spreads the rays out over multiple directions, or soften the light with an effect—similar to the way clouds make sunlight less intense—known as diffusion. Photographers may also use multiple synchronized flashes to hit many angles at once, reducing contrast, or light subjects from a specific angle—in general, more texture and detail is visible when the light hits a subject at a greater angle, and longer, more angular shadows can add extraordinary depth to an otherwise two-dimensional portrait.
Obviously, outdoor shoots allow for less control over the light, but some techniques from the studio still work. Collapsible diffusers, for instance, help mitigate direct sunlight, and holding a reflector under the subject’s face can help rid it of any glaring shadows. The most effective tool, however, is often good planning. A photographer may decide to schedule a shoot for a specific time of day to take advantage of more flattering lighting or to ensure they won’t be shooting directly into the sun at a specific location—in which case they’ll have to pay Apollo’s exorbitant royalties.
About Bella Vita Photography
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 as a gift. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice required. Merchant's standard cancel policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Valid only within 10 miles of 90025. Extra $35 fee outside service area (for up to 25 miles). Clients are responsible for costs of any locations permit and/or parking fees. Valid only for option purchased. Additional prints and full-resolution image files may be purchased for an extra fee. Print credit and/or voucher may not be redeemed for cash, used as payment for other services, or combined with any other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.