Right now, I am completing some unfinished projects. First on the list? My pregnancy album. I wanted to put a page in my album that shows my expanding waistline month by month. The above series is a visual summary of the nine months I carried my daughter Rowan....and I love it. I can't believe how big I was, nor how calm I looked. And that pregnancy hair !?! Man, I miss those luscious locks!
After going through this experience, I am happy I took the time every month to take belly shots. Although it only took a few minutes to capture, there are a few things I would recommend when taking these types of pictures. Pregnant? Read on to find out how you can take simple monthly belly shots:
This does not have to be more complicated than it needs to be. Whether its your first or fifth pregnancy, you need to be able to fit these photos into your lifestyle. There are lots of options: weekly, monthly or even by trimester - pick a format that works for you. I had a friend who took a belly photo each week she was pregnant. Turns out she took 38 photos....38! Although it worked for her, that seemed a bit daunting to me. Remember this is not a sprint, its a marathon. Whatever you start, you need to be able to finish it.
Location, location, location! Find a backdrop in your home that isn't too distracting and stick with it. Aim to take your photos on the same day and time each week or month. I used a small corner in our dining room; and generally, we shot pictures on a Saturday morning after I slept in and had a 20 minute shower. Gone are those days! Also in each shot, I made sure to include the hutch and the bowl of apples.Including the same elements in the background will help showcase the passage of time in the foreground. Spoiler Alert: those are fake apples. My fruit dish never look so good!
Let your belly be the centre of attention, not your clothes! I chose to wear neutrals in these photos because it went with my space. They were also the clothes I had in my closet. Although it may seem like a good idea to wear jeans and a white shirt for all of your shots, you will need buy these items in multiple sizes. You may not want to wear jeans in the summer or a plain white t-shirt in the winter. My philosphy is that you can never go wrong with neutrals! Whatever you do, wear what makes you feel good. That feeling will shine through your pictures.
Watching too many seasons of America's Next Top Model has come in handy for something! Don't be afarid to pose. You've taken the time and energy to take these pictures, move your body and your hands. Be dynamic. Your body goes through so many changes; a pose that worked one month, may not look so good the next. Be prepared to take a lot of photos. On average, my husband took 50 + photos each session. Even when you think you've go the shot, take 5 more. You want to capture your body but get a shot that makes you feel good too.
This seems like a no brainer and it is. However after giving birth, I am still waiting for my memory to be FEDex'd back to me! Trust me, the last thing you want to do when you're sleep deprived is sort through a bunch of pregnancy pictures. There is just so much to do! Its a good idea to upload, sort and label you photos in the moment. Upload to multiple places, like your home computer, blog, flickr, Facebook, twitter or two peas accounts. Heaven forbid your hard drive would crash! But if it did, you would be prepared with a back-up system already in place. Besides, family and friends are always interested to see how you and your family are growing!
Whether or not you are taking one belly picture or a monthly series of photographs, I hope these tips will help you get clean and simple looking shots.
Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic tips with us, Jess! Looking for more inspiration from today's guest blogger? Follow Jess as she shares from her home on the web, Life on Lee Avenue
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