Apr 29, 2020
Under normal circumstances, hiring a professional photographer to do your maternity photos is a great idea. But since we’ve been limited as to what we can and cannot do, not to mention all the stay at home orders in place because of the coronavirus, doing DIY maternity photoshoot is most likely your only option to document this special time of your life. Because taking your own maternity photos is something that you cannot reschedule, and has to happen when it needs to happen.
As a pregnant mom during this very difficult time, I did a DIY maternity photoshoot before the stay at home order was in place here in Virginia; and I am really grateful that I did because I was able to document it for our family. Which is why today, I’m going to tell you how to take your own maternity photos. I’m going to share the tips & tricks that I did for my own pregnancy photos so you can document this exciting time for your family too! If you have older kids, I have tips on how to keep them cooperating as well. So read on!
Don’t worry, you won’t need a prior photography experience to take your own maternity photos; but you will need the following:
NOTE: Make sure the makeshift tripod is stable so you don’t end up with a broken camera if it ends up being windy.
I LOVE planning anything (from family trips to parties), from the biggest to the tiniest details. So I am sharing some tips to make planning your own maternity photoshoot easier & more bearable if you’re not a fan of planning.
During the stay at home order, there’s really not much option you will have since most parks are closed. Most likely, your only options are your home or somewhere in your neighborhood.
To save you from having to clean your house (because our house is always a mess), check out the options you have in your neighborhood first. In our old neighborhood, there’s a spot that has a lot of greenery 1 mile away from where we used to live and we would always go there for quick photoshoots.
The next time you go out for a walk, be very observant of what your neighborhood has to offer. Find the “perfect” spot to do your DIY maternity photoshoot at. When I say perfect, it doesn’t have to be breathtakingly beautiful; it just needs to be an area with a non-distracting background so you and your family can be main focus.
Below are some examples of what a location option for your maternity photoshoot should look like.
The maternity photo (below) was taken in our neighborhood (third picture above). It’s an area that we just stumbled upon while driving around to see where we can do my own maternity photos at. If you want to view the rest of the photos, check this DIY maternity session out.
But if all else fails, you can always do it at the comfort of your own home. Plan to do it in a room that gets the most light.
When choosing a day for your own maternity photoshoot, consider the following:
If you’re taking your own photos outside:
If you’re taking your own photos at home, it’s best do it on a sunny day so the room where you’ve chosen to do it in will have as much light as possible.
Ending up with beautiful maternity pictures is all about the lighting. You may have worn the dreamiest outfits, nailed the perfect pose, and got a shot where everyone was looking at the camera; but if the lighting is bad, you most likely will not love your maternity photos.
If you’ve decided to do your DIY maternity photoshoot outside, the best time to do it is 2 hours before the scheduled sunset. You can go here, enter your city and state, and it will give you the scheduled sunset for any given day. This is what I use for my own sessions and it has been very reliable.
If, for any reason, doing your maternity photoshoot 2 hours before the scheduled sunset is not possible, keep on reading and I’ll share how to still make it work.
If you’ve decided to do your DIY maternity photos at home, the best time to do it is right around the time that your chosen room gets the most light.
To ensure that you’re going to love your DIY maternity photos, I strongly recommend that you go to Pinterest and look for maternity photos that you love. Screenshot these photos and save them on your phone so you can access them easily on the day of your maternity photoshoot.
Save yourself the stress, and make sure to save at least 3-4 per set (just you, close up of the belly, you & your husband, you & your child/children, the whole family). This way, if you find that 1 of the poses that you like is not going to work during your photoshoot, you have other options to try right on your phone. You won’t need to go to Pinterest and try to find other poses that could work.
What better way to give yourself, your husband, and your child/children (if you have older ones) the perfect excuse to dress up than for your DIY maternity photoshoot, right? Feel free to wear what you already have or shop online! I know I love a good excuse to shop for new outfits.
Don’t forget to think about props that you might want to include in your maternity photos like a flower crown or a statement necklace.
If you need help in planning the outfits for your maternity photos, you can check out my Pinterest board for some inspirations.
Now that you’ve planned all the details for your DIY maternity photoshoot, it’s time to get everyone prepared for what’s about to come. Here are some tips & tricks to ensure that everyone is as prepared as you can for your big day.
If you have older kid/s, I highly suggest setting his/her expectation on the days leading up to your DIY maternity photoshoot. Talk to him/her about what’s going to happen. If you have a target number of pictures to do, it would help to let him/her know as well like “We will only do 2 pictures of you & Mommy, 3 pictures of all 3 of us, and 2 pictures of just Mommy & Daddy, and 4 pictures of just Mommy” so he/she knows what to expect.
It also helps to promise him/her a reward after the photoshoot if he/she cooperates. Maybe a toy or food that he/she can pick out himself/herself.
Keep on reminding him/her every other day about what’s going to happen to make sure that he/she knows what to expect. It’s totally up to you how often you want to do it; but the key is to make sure that his/her expectations are set.
On the night before you take your own maternity photos, make sure to do the following:
Before you take your own maternity photos, make sure to do the following:
It’s here!!! The day you’ve been preparing for! The day you’re going to take your own maternity photos! I am very excited for you!!! Make sure to follow these tips below to ensure your DIY maternity photoshoot runs as smooth as possible:
Note: You will only need your tripod for pictures where the entire family will be present.
If after you’ve tried everything and it didn’t work out as well as you had planned or the pictures didn’t turn out as beautiful as you had hoped, give yourself some grace & a pat in the back for trying. That’s totally okay! Sometimes those not-so-perfect pictures would turn out to be my favorite because they exactly reflect what real life looks for us at that exact moment.
I hope you found these tips & tricks helpful! If you decide to do DIY maternity photos and have followed my tips & tricks above, I would absolutely LOVE to see your photos! Please share them on Instagram and tag @tubellephotography.
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‘Til next time,