One of my biggest regrets during my pregnancy with Henry is that I didn’t take enough photos. I just felt so crappy and unattractive that instead of commemorating such a special occasion I let my vanity get the best of me.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
I look back on all the photos I took while pregnant with Violet and am worried that my guy will wonder why I didn’t take as many of my baby bump with him. Hopefully he won’t give a crap because he is a boy and, well, boys tend not to care about such things. But still. Don’t make the same mistake!
To inspire you to bust out your camera I’ve culled some top tips from the pros that will help you take the best bump photos around.
These excellent tips all come from Parents.com, but I’ve added my own two cents as well.
Wait until you’re big, but not too big: I think the very beginning of the third trimester is idea. You’re still on that second trimester high: you likely aren’t puking your guts out but your face isn’t swollen to twice its size just yet. This is when you can really capitalize on that pregnancy glow everyone is always yammering about and snap the archetypal pregnant with child photo. Also, you want to be able to pose gracefully. Allie Haake from Parenting.com reports professional photographer Mariah Milan Dagupion suggests taking photos right around 30 weeks. That’s when your belly gets really round, she says, but it’s not too heavy yet.
Avoid background clutter:
I’ve always stood in front of a while wall near a window. Don’t stand in front of a messy room. Don’t take the photo in a mirror so you can see smudges on the glass or your dirty clothes in the background. Practice different poses on a solid-colored couch or sit in front of some sheer curtains. No curtains? Tape up some clean white sheets and stand in front of those; instant studio backdrop!
Turn off the flash:
Flash sucks. It will always wash you out. Like I mentioned earlier, set up shop near a large window or an open door. If you’re venturing outside, don’t go in the middle of the day. The best light is an hour or so before sunset. Everything is vivid and the lighting is just perfect.
Wear something tight and stretchy: You don’t have to bare the belly. Some of the best pregnancy photos are when women where something tight and stretchy that accentuates all your beautiful curvage. Dark and stretch is ideal. Ditch the maternity clothes. They may be comfortable but they don’t flatter your shape. Also, skip any kind of design. Maternity photog Koren Reyes tells Parenting.com, “You want to be able to look back at these pictures in 10 or 20 years and still think the photos look great. Whereas really stylized clothes can get dated, solid darks and neutrals are timeless.”
If you do want to showcase your bare belly, you can get creative with sheets or curtains. “I have a set of sheer curtains from Target, and I use one panel to wrap the breasts and another panel to wrap the belly,” maternity photog Ashley McNamara says.
Get a friend or your hubby to snap the pics: You want to be completely at ease. Plan a fun photo date with your best girlfriend or your husband. That way, you can check out each picture and feel comfortable telling them exactly what you’re looking for. And the best part? It’s free!
I wish I’d done this. My pregnancy photos are boring. Your standard stand-in-front-of-the-wall-and-pull-up-the-shirt routine. Do you have any other suggestions for snapping the best baby bump photos? How did you take yours? Got any good tips or tricks?
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