Taking photos of your body developing, growing & expanding with your baby is a wonderful way to document your experiences as a soon-to-be-mother. You don't need to be a professional to take beautiful images. Here are some photos & tips that will insprire YOU to take YOUR photos to the next level. Park Slope Parents' own Susan Fox shares her tips that will hopefully inspire you to take beautiful photos of your own.
Susan Fox shares her tips & suggesstions for how to take great photos:
Over the past few years I've taken some photos of my pregnant friends. I am a passionate amateur (by no means a professional), so take these ideas with that in mind. Here are some of the "G" rated ones that I've taken of 4 of my friends.
If you can't afford professional ones right now, then try to be creative and make them happen anyway. (You might ask for photos as part of your baby registry?). Here are some ideas I use along with some from some various websites I peruse…
Get her feeling beautiful before you start-- being pregnant can make you feel big and bulky, which doesn't make for great photos. Have her do something that makes her feel wonderful; have her take a bath, massage her shoulders, tell her she's beautiful. Also talk to her throughout the shoot telling her she's got a great smile, beautiful eyes, whatever it is about her that makes her special and beautiful.
Make it simple-- pay attention to the background and avoid having anything distracting in the background. Hang a sheet up over a bookcase at home if you don't have a blank wall.
Take photos outdoors-- photos in the park or another natural place highlights the "natural" aspects of motherhood.
Take photos at home-- it's probably the place you'll feel most comfortable, and if you have a sunset facing window it can be beautiful.
Use shadows-- I love seeing photos of pregnant bellies that are a shadow of the whole body. It's not as "revealing" as nudes, but gives a great idea of the whole body.
Use props-- a baby rattle or teddy bear can highlight the excitement of a baby coming out.
Get your partner in the picture-- while it's easy to think this is happening to the mother, if you have a partner, they are experiencing the pregnancy as well. Make sure to get a few shots of the two of you together.
Include siblings/pets-- just like with partners, a sibling knows that there's a new baby coming and including him/her will help in the readiness process. One of my favorite photos is my cat coming up to the baby in the carrier-- but I failed to include him in the pregnancy photos and I'm bummed about that.
Take a few wild shots-- you don't have do all lovey-dovey touchy-feely poses. Love to snorkel but can't get into your suit? Put it on and let your belly hang out. Take a few that make her belly look HUGE (taking from the belly down to the feet for this effect).
Use Natural light as much as possible-- this is just one of my "things"-- sunset and sunrise photos always make people look more elegant than your standard flash. However, if you're outside, consider using a flash to fill in a face (or a belly) if it would otherwise be darkened due to the surrounding sunlight.
Take a TON of photos-- I take over 10,000 photos a year and I have about a 5% "really proud" rate. So if you want to make sure you get some good ones, keep clicking.
Play with your camera's setting. If you have a black and white or sepia setting, try using those for some of the shots. OR-- if you have Photoshop or use GIMP (the free version of photoshop), play with the photos once you've got them downloaded.
Getting inspiried. Don't forget to check out all of my examples Here.
Best of luck getting a few great shots! If you don't trust yourself, we have a list of RECOMMENDED Photographers on the PSP Website HERE. Some of these folks give a PSP Membership Discount (as signified by an orange and blue PSP Member Perk icon).
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