Taking Your Own Maternity Photos : 8 Ways To Photograph Your Bump

oh, lord.  writing this post has me hinting at the husband for another baby.  having photos of myself when i was pregnant with our first was so important to me, as i really wanted to document the time and the experience of pregnancy in photographs.  looking back on these photos makes me realize how important maternity photos are.  it seems like, once the baby is born, you literally forget what feeling pregnant was like.  all those aches and pains when walking, the feeling of baby kicking inside, the waking multiple times a night to pee…those memories can be forgotten, without photos.  but the second i look at these photos, i remember exactly what pregnancy was like.  photos spark a memory, and take you back to that moment.  if you don’t want to hire a photographer for formal maternity photos, taking your own maternity photos is so easy.  in fact, it’s almost better because you can take photos throughout your pregnancy instead of having photos done all in one day.  as you are documenting your growing belly, here are 8 ways you can photography your sweet bump.

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Taking Your Own Maternity Photos : 8 Ways To Photograph Your Bump

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Helpful Gear

besides your camera, having a couple others items like a tripod and a wireless remote can make taking your own maternity photos so easy.  especially the wireless remote because you can control the camera from the same position instead of waddling back in forth from your camera to your pose, each time.

check out this great tutorial on how to use a remote to take self portraits.  it’s crazy easy.

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1.  Your Bump With The Daddy

it’s so important to take a photo of the two of you, with your growing bump.  when you look back on the pictures of the two (well, three including your baby) of you, it will be so fun to see what you both looked like during that time.  even better, take this photo in your nursery so you can remember what your nursery initially looked like.  for us, we didn’t know the gender of our little one so our nursery changed a bit once we found out our baby was a girl when she was born.  it’s fun to see what the beginning stages of her nursery looked like, while we were planning for pink or blue.

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2.  Your Bump From Above

probably the most realistic way that you see your bump every day is from above!  whether you are standing or sitting, take a photo of your bump from above so you can remember what it looked like when you were looking down at your belly!  place your hand on your bump to help show perspective for size.

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3.  Your Bump With Creative Blur

there is something to be said about taking intentional out of focus photos.  they can be so dreamy.  when i think of pregnancy, i think of the words “soft” and “calm.”  creative blur can be a wonderful way to portray those words within a photo.  have fun getting a photo that is intentionally out of focus to document the profile of your baby bump.  for the photo above, i placed the focus on the crib rails in the foreground, allowing me to fall out of focus in the background.

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4.  Your Bump In A Reflection

probably one of the easiest ways to photograph yourself without having to set up a tripod is by taking a photo of yourself in a mirror.  i love the little mirror in our baby’s nursery for taking photos like this.  find a fun mirror around your house and take this quick and easy photo.

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5.  Your Bump, Laying Down

despite my wanting it to be, my baby bump never got very big.  this photo above was taken only a few weeks before delivering our daughter and everyone always said, “there is no way you are having a baby in a couple weeks!”  smaller bumps can be harder to photograph sometimes, but laying down is a great way to show that belly off.  plus, laying down just feels plain good when you are in your third trimester.  am i right?

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6.  Your Bump, Standing

there we go, i popped a little.  standing also helps to shift that bump a little so it will photograph well.  also, placing your hands around your belly can help pull your clothing snug so you can show the round shape of your baby bump.  when taking your own maternity photos, be sure you photograph from the side to show off that profile.

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7.  Your Bump, Sitting Down

although sitting down can hide your bump a little, it still makes for a beautiful photo.  this photo and the photo before it, standing up, were actually taken on the same day.  note how much smaller sitting down made my bump appear to be.  never the less, sitting down is a beautiful way to take a photograph of your baby bump.  even better, take this photo in your nursery to create a feel of you waiting for your baby.  look at your bump, like you would look at your sweet baby.

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8.  Your Bump, With A Little Help

hand your camera off to your husband or friend and have them help take some photos of you.  having someone help you can be wonderful when taking more close up, detailed photos of your baby bump.  be sure to tell them exactly what you want, if they don’t have an eye for photography.  but also, let them take the photos they would like, as well.  sometimes their ideas can be really great!

taking your own maternity photos is so easy and i hope it is something you do for yourself, and for your baby.  it will be so fun for your little one to see what you looked like when you were expected him or her.  again, it is also a wonderful way for you to remember what your pregnancy was like.  it is amazing what memories a photo can hold and how just one photo can take you back to the moment, allowing you to remember all the details of pregnancy.

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