Here are some tips for the do it yourselfer’s…
1 – Use a self timer and experiment! Set the camera on a tripod or a higher piece of furniture and work those curves.
2 – Rub that belly. Before taking pictures remove elastic on your tummy for 1-2 hours and massage the belly with lotion.
3 – Wear tight fitting clothes or break out the cute boy shorts and tank tops and strike a pose.
4 – Ask a partner to stand on an area higher than you and shoot downwards towards the belly for a better view.
5 – Photograph yourself in the mirror (no flash).
6 – Simplify your surroundings – remove the clutter so you can focus on the tummy.
7 – If you have other children, get them involved. Ask them to take a picture or use a self timer on both of you.
And if you go the professional route:
1 – Do your research and find a photographer who specializes in pregnancy portraiture – and newborn too!
2 – Don’t settle – find a photographer whose work you enjoy and don’t just grab anybody.
3 – Decide where you are most comfortable- home or on-location such as the park.
4 – Get plenty of sleep before the big day.
5 – On the day of the shoot, eat a great big meal and lots of water. Pregnancy sessions can be tiring. You want to be well-fed and hydrated.
6 – Rest up and don’t stand too much before your session.
7 – If the veins in your hands are bulging, raise them up above your head for a few minutes between photos.
8 – Grab your partner, baby’s sibling or pets and include them in the photo.
9 – Bring sentimental items such as baby shoes, jewelry, or items handed down from other generations, and include them in the photo.
10 – Have fun and relax. There is no other time quite like this!