I was not good about documenting my first two pregnancies. Maybe it’s because it was so long ago and I didn’t have the same tools I do today. Maybe it’s my reluctance to hop in front of the camera. Either way, this will be my last pregnancy so I’ve forced myself to take more selfies and capture this special time. And so should you!
Most of the images were taken with my iPhone, but I’ve also asked my husband and daughters for help too. In the photo below, I used the self timer on my DSLR and moved a big mirror in front of my bedroom door. I wanted to make sure I could see my belly button because that’s something that didn’t happen with my other two pregnancies.
Are you expecting? How are you documenting your pregnancy? It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, but I totally recommend setting aside some time to snap a few pictures of your growing belly. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, here are a few simple tips to help you take a good baby bump photo.
Find good light
My bedroom is where I take most of my photos. I’ve got all white bedding, white paint on the walls, and lots of windows that get gorgeous morning light. My living room is also an option, but I hate my yucky grey couch so I tend to stick to what works. Take a walk around your own home and pay attention to the light. Which rooms are the brightest? You want soft, even light, not bright sunshine spilling in. The light will change throughout the day so keep that in mind too.
Create a shot list
Being in front of the camera is not my favorite place to be so I knew I was going to have trouble coming up with ideas about how to document this pregnancy. Enter Instagram. I searched through hashtags like #inspirepregnancy and #stylishbump for photo inspiration. You can also save photos on Instagram so I created a Collection where I could keep all of the eye candy I was finding in one spot. Only you can see the photos you save too.
Use a prop
It can add some dimension and depth to your photo. Plus, it can add to the story you’re trying to tell. In this photo, I had just gotten a few new outfits that I wanted to share so I just made sure to include the bump. These types of overhead shots are pretty easy to take with your cell phone. Just make sure you’re shooting square so you can see what fits in the frame and what doesn’t. Prop ideas include clothing, books, booties, blankets, teethers, rattles, bonnets, stuffed animals, a letter board, etc.
Take a lot of pics
Experiment with the self timer on your cell phone or set up a tripod and use your DSLR. Think of different ways that you can compose the photo too. Shoot from above. From the side. Back up to show more of the scene. Get in close to emphasize the size of your baby bump.
Edit your pics
This is the fun part! I love using different apps to get the effect I want. One of my new favorites is Lightroom Mobile. I also use VSCO and A Color Story. Usually I’ll play around with exposure, contrast, and highlights and then add a filter for a quick pop. Less is definitely more when it comes to editing.
You can totally do this! Now, when baby is older and you share the story of their birth, you can start from the very beginning.
Curious how I plan to document baby in the hospital or at home once she’s born? Check out my last few posts. I’ve also created a private, online community where I’ll be sharing daily baby pics, monthly photography related content, and behind the scenes videos. If you’re a mom who loves photography, i’d love for you to join me!