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Photographing Pregnancy Beyond the Profile Belly Shot

By Holly Whitney |

When I was pregnant with my first son I did the typical week-by-week pregnancy progression shots. One from the side and one from the front—always in the same spot in front of the door to his nursery. While they are fun to look at and neat to use as a comparison to just how much my belly had grown over the nine month period, they weren’t exactly the most dynamic photos ever.

Interestingly enough and for much different reasons, I have not taken the same week-by-week progression photos with this pregnancy.

It is primarily because a part of me was having a hard time believing this pregnancy would go to term. I couldn’t bear to have that physical evidence of growth sitting on my hard drive if I wouldn’t make it the entire nine months. But I think another part of my just wasn’t as interested this time in doing the traditional progress photos every week. I’ve done a few but for the most part the photos I’ve taken have not been your traditional shots.

Looking back on the photos I’ve taken so far this pregnancy and the ones that ended up being my favorite shots from my first pregnancy, very few of the traditional profile progression shots made the cut. As a matter of fact, I think just one made it into my top eleven and even that one isn’t quite what I would call typical.

Take a look at what did make the cut after the jump.

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Photographing Pregnancy Beyond the Profile Belly Shot

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About Holly Whitney


Holly Whitney

Holly Whitney is a motherhood blogger who contributed to the Parenting channels on Babble. More of her work can be found on her personal blog, Artist Mother Teacher.

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