It only took me 38 weeks and 4 days to finally set my butt in motion to take my own maternity photos. I knew I wanted them done, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do them. Unfortunately, professional maternity photos just aren’t in our budget, so I brought my outdated, yet fancy DSLR and tripod outside for a fun, sentimental maternity photo shoot with my 7 year old daughter. Her days of being my one and only are coming to an end, and I wanted these pictures to be special and something for her to lovingly cherish for the rest of her life.
Here are some tips to help you successfully complete your own maternity photo shoot. Again, I’m not a professional. Just a hobbyist and a mom who thoroughly enjoys taking photos of my family.
Invest in a tripod: I don’t think this amateur photo shoot would have worked out if it wasn’t for my tripod. Sure, I could’ve handed Dennis my camera and told him what to do and what to focus on, but I have a “if you want it done right, do it yourself” mentality. I knew the poses and the angles I wanted and how to achieve them.
You don’t even have to spend a fortune on a tripod. Mine cost under $30.
Don’t have $10 to spare every month? No problem. There are free editing programs available online. My favorite is PicMonkey. I still have a premium account because I STILL love and use it! You’ll be able to do basic edits to your photos, including cropping, resizing, adjusting the exposure/brightness/contrast/saturation, etc.
And guess what? Everyone loved my amateur maternity photos regardless of my experience level. They saw what I wanted to capture and knew it fit me perfectly.