How to DIY Maternity Photos

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Stepping away from the Newborn Care Series for today and getting into some good ole’ self care!

Photography can get expensive. I remember looking for wedding photographers and wondering how I could ever afford it (helloo new credit card). I totally skipped engagement photos to save money but now here I am again wanting photos to capture a special time in my life.

& don’t remind me that next up is newborn photos!!! 

I honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to pay someone to take pictures of me looking huge.

So, I decided to try the DIY maternity photos route so that even if I hated them, I didn’t have to pay for them. I think I got a few good quality images.

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Not too shabby, right?

If you want to try and DIY maternity photos, I’ve got a few pointers for you!

First, determine what you already have and what you need

I was lucky enough to already have a nice Canon camera and a tripod (bless my husband’s company for giving it to us as a Christmas gift!)

& I already had some knowledge about how to take quality photos. Very basic knowledge, but it was enough.

I also had an outfit. The most gorgeous dress I probably own which I bought on Amazon.

If you have none of these things, don’t worry. You can still do your own photos!

You will need a basic digital camera and either a tripod, or another human being. If I didn’t have the Canon camera, I would have used my basic Sony digital camera. 

For knowledge on how to take decent photos, I suggest signing up for this free photography course online at Udemy. I took this course months ago trying to figure out how I could take pictures for my blog. The instructor has had many photos featured in National Geographic – so he knows what he’s talking about.

If you don’t have time to go through the course, the #1 piece of advice I can give you is to use the rule of three. This means that the subject of a photo (you in this case) should be on the outer third of the photo rather than the center. Makes for a more interesting photo.

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& if you need an outfit, check Amazon. This is the dress I have and it comes in a ton of different colors. Best of all, if you’re a little short like me, you don’t have to worry about what shoes to wear because it will cover your feet. :):):) (I actually was wearing my nursing clogs for this!)

Pick your place

I didn’t have anywhere to go except my back yard. Really didn’t want people looking at me while I was trying to take pictures! If you have someone who is helping you, a park or something like that isn’t as awkward. One of my friends had hers in a parking lot and the photos turned out great!

Get sexy!

Whatever it takes to make you feel beautiful, do it. Personally, I did my own hair and makeup because I was trying to save money (the whole point of DIY photos)!

Set up your camera

So if you’re literally DIYing these photos, you need to set up your camera on a tripod and set the 10 second timer. I personally did not have a remote for this camera, which would have made things a lot easier. BUT if you have one, use it!! You’ll be able to take your time with poses and not feel rushed.

I did all of my photos with this grainy black and white filter because I knew I wasn’t good at editing. See what kind of filters your camera has and try a few. If you find one you love, use it for all your photos! If you know anything about editing photos, go ahead and shoot raw photos though because you can always go back and edit them to have a filter.

Strike a pose

Last thing, take a bunch of pictures! It might take a while if you’re alone and don’t have a remote, but it will be worth it. Go back and look at the first few photos so you know exactly where to stand and which poses to do next!

Edit & share!

Again, I didn’t have to do any editing (except tossing bad pictures) with my photos since they were already filtered. I chose the best images and shared with friends and family. 

The best part is, if you don’t like your DIY maternity photos, you didn’t waste any money on them and now you can go hire a real photographer 😉

Next best thing will be the look on people’s faces when you tell them you did all of these photos yourself!

Wanna share your DIY maternity photos? Leave a link in the comments!

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  1. I want to do this I just am not sure if I will get the chance before I have the baby. Lol. Now that I am not working I’ve been working on my blog but also have mostly been focusing on getting ready for the baby. Nursery, had the baby shower, still so much to do to get prepared. But I think I know the perfect place to have my husband take some pictures down our street by the reservoir . It just might feel awkward if someone is around. I also need to find something to wear. Probably something warmish as it’s starting to get chilly. I like your DIY pictures by the way.

    1. Thanks, Kacey! I know the feeling. I am still working full time right now and I keep trying to figure out when I’m going to get everything done. I kind of gave up on “completing” the nursery because I’ve got a bedside bassinet in our bedroom and that’s pretty much all I need to start with. Check amazon for clothes! They have pretty cute stuff, and it’s not terribly expensive like some of the department stores. & other people don’t have to know that you’re not doing a professional maternity shoot – so just work it! lol.

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