Post # 1
We are going to do maternity photos this pregnancy. My last pregnancy we didn’t because I was embarrassed of my stretch marks. I have really bad stretch marks like this:
(not my belly)
I really want to do bare belly shots and do a nice portrait to put up in our master bedroom. So here is my question, should I have my stretch marks photoshoped off my belly? I’m not totally embarrassed of them but I don’t want people to look at the photo and go right to them.
What would you ladies do?
Post # 3
I don’t see any reason to photoshop them out, but I do understand your concern.
I wonder if you might be able to lessen their appearance with makeup- this might just make them less noticerable enough, or it might make them easier to photoshop out if you decide to do that. I have a couple serious scars and my legs are always covered in bruises, so when I wear dresses for fancy things I use sally hansen leg makeup (http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2870017′ defer=’defer) to cover them. You can put on as much or as little as you want to get as much coverage as you need. Might be worth a try!
Post # 4
My belly looked like that too. I just wore a pretty nightgown and felt like a princess in it.
Post # 5
No shame in having them photoshopped off 😉 That’s what I would have done for professional photos, you can always take some in all your stretchmarked glory on your own, haha. My maternity photos were all covered-belly, though.
Post # 6
You could also put makeup on it. I would recommend the kind used to cover tattoos.
Post # 7
omg I just know that’s what my belly is going to look like D:
I’d probably have them photoshopped.
Post # 8
Did you try putting makeup on them? Good stuff, if not I’d get them photoshop if you’re not comfortable with them.
Post # 9
I think it would be easier to put makeup on it or wear clothes that cover it up rather than having to photoshop them all out. Most photographers I know edit in batches (e.g. color correct in batches) and would likely charge quite a bit more to edit each individual photo (unless you are only buying a small handful).
Post # 10
Photographer weighing in here 🙂
First, as a disclaimer, I’ve never been pregnant. But, from what all my friends and family have said, most stretch marks come later on in the pregnancy. And, I usually recommend that maternity photos be done somewhere in the 28-34 week range. You’re usually big enough to look pregnant, but you’re not so tired and huge like in the last few weeks.
2nd, I’d talk to your photographer about this beforehand. Yes, Photoshop can do crazy things, but it can also often look fake. With a combination of good makeup and some light photo-shopping, you could hide the worst of the marks, but still look like you. You want to make sure your photographer is okay with photoshopping them out as well. I don’t normally do extensive editing work on my images (removing freckles, wrinkles, etc) but I’ll remove a big zit or something. There are also a lot of great techniques to show off the belly but keep it covered.
Here are a couple photos I found on Pinterest to give you ideas to go bare belly, but not bare belly.
ETA: Sorry, I don’t know why they won’t be links 🙁
Post # 11
@lilbluebird: My Boyfriend or Best Friend is the photographer and he will edit them(: No charge! I got lucky. lol
@Mrs.Camera: Totally going to try make up(:
Post # 12
Maybe you can do some silhouette ones like this? Still shows the bare tummy but might hide some stretch marks?
Post # 13
I had the same issue as you, and my awesome photog brought this fabric that was like a light blue cheesecloth. She wrapped me up in it and the effect was a miracle – you can see the stretch marks but only if you look for them, and it’s clear I’m not naked but it still has the feel of being bare. I bet you could dye some cheesecloth in tea to get the same effect.
Post # 14
My photographer said she is a pro at editing bellies and in 90 percent of maternity photos the moms want their bellies editeD. Some people want their stretch marks, linea nigra or like me, the scar from my belly ring. I think it turned out great. I don’t think it’s a big deal if you want them edited out