DIY Pregnancy Portraits

maternity portrait
Photo by -nico
I never had portraits taken during either of my pregnancies. With my first I would have, but it was cut way too short by an emergency c-section at 27 weeks. With my daughter, I guess I didn't feel like it would be fair to have them from one child and not another.

So I'm slightly envious of the beautiful portraits I see of some mothers bearing their children -- gorgeous and radiant with that life growing inside them.

There are plenty of photographers who specialize in maternity photography and do a wonderful job, but I've also seen plenty of mothers take their own portraits with the help of a husband or friend. They're often just as gorgeous and capture the same memories, but for a fraction of the price.


No matter who takes your pictures, here are some good tips to remember:

  • Remove all fitted clothing, including undergarments, a couple of hours before the shoot to prevent indentations from waist bands, etc.
  • Use natural light whenever possible.
  • Consider including siblings, spouses, pets, and significant places in your shots.
  • Have several shoots to document different stages of your pregnancy.
  • Scour the Internet for pregnancy portraits you like, then try to duplicate them in your own way.
  • Don't rub lotion or oil on your belly before the shoot if it will be exposed because it will cause light to bounce off of it.

Have you done your own pregnancy portraits? And if so, were you pleased with them?

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