As well as specialising in newborn photography, I also absolutely love taking portraits of mums-to-be and the bump and have really enjoyed doing several maternity and pregnancy portraits in my studio recently.

As a mum of two, I remember that special feeling of carrying your unborn child and the amazement of the natural changes in your body as the baby grows inside you. It is such an exciting time, but it’s also a phase in life that comes and goes so quickly that it can be easy to forget, particularly after the baby has arrived and your life as you have known it has been turned upside down!

Without photographs to provide a reminder, the unique and special time that was your pregnancy can easily become a distant memory.

When pregnant ladies come to me for their maternity photo shoots, I aim to capture what I like to call the ‘beauty of the bump’! Bumps come in all shapes and sizes, but each is unique and special in its own way, and I work with the mothers to determine what they are comfortable with and the kind of photos that they would like to achieve.

Pregnancy portraits can involve just the mum or the dad-to-be can get involved too, whatever is your preference. I use flattering backdrops and subtle lighting, and guide you on how to create flattering poses which enhance the baby bump while also hiding any other bits that you may be keen to hide!

I’m thrilled when the mums who come to me are delighted with the results. The photos often provide them with a real confidence boost, at a time when they may be feeling less confident about their changing bodies. Exactly what a mum to be needs!

Karen x

the bump