For the first time ever, I skipped blogging for an entire week. There were no new posts, no social media updates, no emails, and no promotion. And at first I felt a little bit like a failure because I love this little corner of the internet and I don’t want to let you all down. But then I reminded myself that things are changing around here and that I’ve been pretty busy growing a little human and that means slowing down and taking care of myself. Baby Putman will be here in just about 6 weeks and then I’ll settle into a new norm.
But for now, I’m sharing a few tips about maternity photos. I went back and forth for months trying to decide if I wanted to have professional pictures taken or not. If money wasn’t an issue, I’d have booked a photographer. Eventually we decided to just take our own pictures. It’s the memories that matter after all.
If you are like us and decide to take your own maternity photos follow these 5 simple tips!
Use a Good Camera
While some cell phones have nice cameras, it’s best to break out the digital camera for something big like your maternity photos. If you don’t have a nice camera, ask around and see if someone has one that you can borrow. You don’t want blurry or low quality photos that will look amateurish when printed out.
Browse Pinterest for Poses
Before your photo shoot, browse Pinterest to get ideas of how you want to stand and pose during your photos. This was especially helpful for us whenever Brian and I were posing together. It also helped me know where I need to look and where I needed to put my hands during the photos. Posing doesn’t come naturally to me so it was nice to be able to look at Pinterest for ideas.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Lighting is a huge part of making your photos look good. I always say that outdoor photos with natural lighting are best. Too much light makes you looked washed out and too little light leads to dim photos. If you are taking photos outside, make sure that you don’t have to squint your eyes or that shadows are leaving funny shapes on your face. You can also play with the light, like in the photo below. In this photo my face is a little dark but the overall effect is stunning.
Choose a Lovely Location
We took photos in two locations. The first was outside my parents house. The white walls and blooming flowers made a perfect background. We also took a few in front of the church across the street, since it is a very special place to me. The second location is in our backyard. This was perfect because it was convenient and it allowed our dogs to be in the pictures as well! Even though we were just at our house, we tried to take photos in places that made for a pretty background, such as in front of our tree. We made sure to crop out our neighbors homes as best as possible.
Keep it Simple
If your photos must be perfect, hire a professional. If you are going to DIY, keep it simple. Try out several different poses, locations and outfits, but don’t drive yourself crazy. A few great photos is really all you need.
That’s it! I am absolutely in love with how my photos turned out and I am glad that we decided to do it ourselves. We saved a little money, had a lot of fun, and still ended up with gorgeous photos. Do you like to take your own photos, or hire a professional? What tips would you add to the list?