Taking stunning maternity images doesn’t have to be a challenge – why not add milk bath photoshoots to your portfolio? We’ve got the scoop on how you can take amazing mini pool photos, no matter if you’re pro or new in the biz. Time for some tips that’ll make sure every shot is picture perfect! Let’s dive in!
Location Is Everything
When it comes to planning an unforgettable mini-pool or milk bath photography session, location is key! If you have a natural bathing spot available – awesome. But if not, get creative and use the perfect substitute – a kiddy pool! For optimum results though try venturing outdoors so that all of your equipment won’t suffer from any watery mishaps… Just remember to make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone around the pool too.
Keep it Warm
One of the most important things to keep in mind when doing a mini pool photoshoot is to make sure that your water is warm. Cold water can be uncomfortable for your subject, so if possible try to use warm water or keep adding hot water between set ups. Keeping a hot teapot on hand works perfectly! This will ensure that your subject stays comfortable and relaxed throughout the shoot.
Overhead portraits don’t work for everyone – some people may have shorter necks or curvier body shapes which makes standard poses difficult. To work around this, try elevating your subject’s head and shoulders more than usual for a better look. Also be sure to use soft blankets under the bottom of your mini pool for extra softness during long shoots. Depending on how much elevation you need, using a stool or ladder can help create dynamic shots without sacrificing comfortability.
Add Milk For Effect
Milk is great way to add an extra effect in your photos without spending too much money on props or decorations. Whether it’s regular, plant-based (coconut or almond) or powder milk – you can use different amounts and create just the right effect for any shot. A bit of liquid (3-4 cups) will add some gentle cloudiness while more creates maximum opacity. If using powdered form, make sure you dilute with warm water in order to prevent clumps.
Make sure that your model isn’t allergic to the milk that you’re using. Before adding any liquid into your mini pool, do test shots with lighting and practice posing with your subject first!
I recommend positioning your subject before adding flowers into the tub. Flowers are an essential element of any milk flower bath photoshoot. Not only do they make beautiful props for your images, but they also provide a fragrant scent that helps set the mood for your shoot. We recommend using cream flowers like roses, lilies, or hydrangeas as they look stunning against any skin tone and really pop against the white background of a milk flower bath shoot. For additional texture and color, you can incorporate wild flowers or other colorful blooms as well for added visual interest.
Lighting Is Key
Proper lighting is key in any photoshoot but even more so when shooting underwater portraits! Be sure to get all your lighting ready ahead of time so that you don’t scramble at the last minute trying to figure out what kind of light works best for each shot. Do test shots and practice posing before filling up your mini pool with water; this way you can avoid any surprises when it’s time for take pictures! Take advantage of a serene, calming photoshoot setting with daylight! For studio photographers, frame up your subject in front of that big bright window. For those relying on lighting equipment instead – why not use one large Octabox or umbrella to create a fashion-inspired maternity portraits? Mixing in some ambient light and using a reflector can bring the perfect wraparound illumination for an aesthetically pleasing shoot.
Shoot at different angles and focal lengths
Milk bath photography can be so much more unique if you shoot it from different angles – not just the standard overhead shot. Try taking photos at eye level, or even angling down to get creative with your shots and capture all of those special milk bath moments in a whole new way!
Get creative with your milk bath photography and try to zoom in for close-ups. Get artsy with parts of the body submerged to give it an elegant look or capture those beauty shots throughout for a timeless feel. You can really create something special if you think outside the box.
What to wear for a milk bath maternity session
A lace robe, lingerie or sheer silk dress will give an ethereal, goddess-like look that’s perfect for a milk bath. Transparent fabrics like chiffons are great to wrap around the expecting mom under water and still keep things comfortable during those later stages of pregnancy.
Choose Flattering Colors
When it comes to selecting clothing for your milk flower bath shoot, colors can make all the difference! Choose colors that will look flattering such as pastel tones like pink or peach as well as neutrals like white or gray. You want colors that will help bring out mom’s natural beauty while still highlighting her pregnancy glow!
Keep the Environment Safe
To keep things safe for mom-to-be throughout the session, make sure all surfaces are nice and dry! And don’t forget your camera neck strap or a hand strap– this will be essential when capturing those spectacular overhead shots of future mommy-to-be.
Conclusion: With these tips in mind, you should be able to achieve gorgeous pool portraits without too many headaches! With these simple tricks up your sleeve, you’ll soon be creating stunning mini pool photoshoots like a pro! Good luck!
Want to learn more? In this month’s episode of the Collective, I’m taking on a creative twist to classic milk bath maternity images by working with a mini pool. Learn how to transform maternity photos into magazine-worthy masterpieces with just one simple studio light, and creativity. Plus get awesome tips on Photoshop editing along the way. Get inspired – this month’s mind-blowing edition is sure to leave you amazed!