8 top tips for your pregnancy photo shoot

Pregnancy is a magical moment. Though you may sometimes feel like it will be a long time before baby is born, pregnancy will also flash by what with all the different preparations, doctor’s appointments, announcements and purchases… You probably want to document this time in order for it to be unforgettable, and we don’t just mean keeping your ultrasounds.

Of course, we’re talking about the oh-so awaited pregnancy photos! Taking photos of your pregnancy, your beautiful baby bump and the different stages you go through will make sure that this wonderful experience stays with you forever. You will be able to remember how you looked, and later on also share this special event with your child.

You can reach out to a professional photographer to have you pictures taken, but you can also do it yourself at home, with a bit of creativity and the right equipment. 

1. Pick the right outfit

Remember, it’s important to show off your growing bump so you should try to wear clothes that will show it off – or even go bare bellied if you feel like it! But it’s also important for you to be comfortable, so make sure you are bringing clothes you will be able to sit around in for a few hours whilst you are taking your pictures. If you’ve left the house, make sure you bring enough options to change it up and be satisfied with your final results

2. Include the family

It’s all about you but it’s also all about your family. Be sure to include dad in the photoshoot and use the opportunity to showcase your relationship. And of course, older siblings and even your pet should be included. It’s important to capture the family atmosphere, happiness and emotions that you are all experiencing together as you wait for the little one to arrive. 

3. Be creative

There are many different things you can do for your pregnancy photos. This includes for example belly art, using accessories or props like balloons, baby shoes, or even the pram especially if you’re in the early stages of your pregnancy and want to announce baby’s arrival… Make sure to come up with your ideas in advance and plan all the necessary props so that on the day you have everything handy. 

4. Pick the right time

You might want to capture the different stages of growth of your belly, but if you’re only going to take pictures once, make sure you’re pregnant enough for your belly to show. This is the most exciting part! Make sure you’re not so pregnant that you might be rushing to the hospital mid-shoot, ideally aim for the beginning of your third trimester.

5. Document progress

Of course it’s nice to get that beautiful belly shot once you’re showing nicely, but there are many other options. You can get creative about documenting your entire journey through pregnancy and showing the progress. This can require a bit more time investment on your side but be a fun way to look at the evolution over time. You could do it month by month, or trimester by trimester… Or at other regular intervals that will showcase your changes. If you’re doing regular updates, consider using the same backdrop and even the same clothes for added effect. 

6. Location

You may want to stay in the comfort of your own home so that you feel at ease and as natural as possible when you take the pictures. If that’s the case, be sure to declutter your environment and keep it to the bare minimum as the focus should be on you and your belly. If you have the energy you can also go outdoors, using beautiful natural backdrops or even a more urban setting to add an edge to your photo. 

7. Play with light and shadow

Be creative with your shots, don’t feel like you have to settle for the most obvious types of portrait, sitting on a stool with a bright light in the background. You can also use natural lighting by going outdoors, or play with shadows to create original images that showcase your pregnancy

8. Try different angles

Be creative with your shots. Yes it’s important to focus on your belly, but it doesn’t always have to be the classic side on, or hands around the belly pose. You can also take a picture facing forward, have a picture taken from above, place yourself at the edge of the frame… get creative with the space around you. Shake it up!

If you’re planning on doing this yourself, make sure you have the appropriate gear. For example, you may want to invest in a point and shoot camera or even a DSLR (since baby’s coming) as pictures you take on your phone will not be of the highest quality, in particular if you are thinking of creating a photo album.

You might also want to invest in a tripod so that you and the whole family can be in the picture together, but also for better stability. Finally, you may want to read up on some general photography tips to ensure you get the best out of your pictures.

If you’re working a photographer, make sure that you discuss all your ideas in advance with them and pick someone whose style inspires you, so that together you can capture the moment as best as possible. Now go out there and make the most of it. Happy photo shoot!