At a baby bump photoshoot the other day I had a chance to play around with a lighting technique I’ve often seen used to highlight the shape of the belly in pregnancy. The effect as you can see is to silhouette or eclipse the body with the light so that the main light is along the edge, but spills round and fading out in the same way the moon has its phases. One of the nice things about the set up is that you can easily use the clients own house, if you are prepared to take some lighting with you :-) and a backdrop. In this case a pair of Elincrom BXRi 500 strobes and playing around with various light modifiers such as snoots and honeycombs and a reflector dish (held to bounce some light back at the subject) to see what effects each achieved. In the lying down shots, I tried using more of just the edge of the light to illuminate the subject.
My thanks by the way to the model for allowing me to post these images. For this type of shot I always make it a rule that models have the final say on whether they are happy for an image/s to be posted, actually this normally discussed on any type of photoshoot as it’s always nice to be able to demonstrate your work. Also when doing this sort of thing it’s important to let the model be comfortable and I was lucky in that this mother to be was happy pose like this.
I’ve seen a few progression shoots (a shot taken each month of the pregnancy) done like this and montaged together which look fantastic. Just need the models. Any takers?