The Long Wait: 10 Pregnancy Photo Tips
Expert advice from blogger Kelle Hampton will help you remember those long (but wonderful!) nine months of pregnancy through the power of photography.
Beyond Belly Shots
Experiencing pregnancy is one of the most unique and memorable times of a woman’s life, and the nine months of waiting for a baby offer a number of great photography opportunities. Look beyond just the “belly shots” to capture all the emotions involved in preparing to welcome your new baby.
You’re glowing, you’re happy, you’re feeling amazing—capture it with candid shots. This is where friends and husbands need to take responsibility to pick up the camera during everyday moments. Enjoying brunch with a pregnant friend? Snap a picture of that belly!
Beyond the Belly
I love shots that suggest pregnancy even without a round belly in view. Think outside the box when taking pictures. Capture registering for baby gifts, reading pregnancy books, assembling the crib, or stepping on a scale. Don’t forget the nightstand with the stack of Saltines and prenatal vitamins.
Month By Month
Document the process of belly growth by taking a new photo to chronicle each week. A small chalkboard makes a great addition to belly shots and provides an easy way to change the week number. Or, write directly on your belly with a tube of red lipstick.
Show off your belly by creating a clever comparison shot. Hold a pumpkin (this was taken around Halloween, so it also suggests the time of year), a watermelon, or a basketball. If you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, try a peanut, a lemon, a summer squash, or a peach.
Pickles and Ice Cream
Don’t forget to capture your pregnancy cravings. Years later, your child will love hearing about what strange foods you craved while you were expecting. Make sure you have someone take a photo of you, full belly, enjoying those pickles and ice cream.
The hard part about capturing pregnancy is that you’re the subject, so you have to rely on others to capture the shot. Get creative and try some self-portraiture—mirror shots and big belly shadows. Try holding the camera out and shoot, looking down. You’ll want to remember your perspective, too!
Accessorize your belly shots with interesting articles—a pop of color, eye-catching patterns or a meaningful piece of jewelry. I love the simplicity of black and white in this belly shot, yet the polka dots and “Love” bracelet add a bit more purpose and interest.
Incorporate the big brother or sister in your belly shots. Most moms who are expecting a second child will never forget using their belly as a “shelf” for the older sibling. Capturing this familiar hold is a great way to memorialize that special time in your life.
Friends and Family
For all the hands that are placed on your growing belly and the kicks that friends and family are thrilled to feel, don’t forget to snap a photo of one of these moments. I love the way these photos suggest that your pregnancy is shared and celebrated by those you love.
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