I always knew that when I became pregnant I was going to want to document the experience. I just wasn’t sure in what way I wanted to do that until the time came. When I took my pregnancy test and it was positive, all these ideas came flooding to me. I decided that I wanted to take weekly progression photos to document my ever expanding tummy and maybe some fun ones here and there. Also, something that became very popular right before my pregnancy was the more formal maternity photo shoots. I thought those were a gorgeous way to freeze frame this special moment.
If you want to take progression photos, here are a few tips that I learned to help you take the best possible pictures…
- Stand in the same location each time.
- If possible, wear the same outfit.
- Stand in front of a plain wall, or backdrop. Remember, you and your beautiful belly should be the focus of the picture.
- Note what week it is on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall beside you. Or, you can purchase belly stickers that will also note your progression.
Don’t be afraid to act silly or make funny faces during your photo shoots. This is the perfect time to showcase your personality and how you are enjoying your pregnancy during this joyous time. You and your little one will most definitely get a chuckle out of these photos. Later on in life, your child will appreciate the progression photos and how you wanted to document their (and your) growth.
There will be days when you don’t feel like getting your picture taken, it’s inevitable. You might feel bloated and tired (I most certainly did) and the thought of getting dressed in that same outfit again, just might make you want to scream. I had my moments, I won’t deny it, but I pushed through it and took those pictures anyway. And, I am so glad I did!
Looking back at all the different photos I took, I can honestly say I feel fulfilled. I don’t feel as if I missed out on anything and I did all that I could to document this precious time. You never know if you are going to be blessed once in your life with a child, or many times. So make the most of the pregnancy you have.
Write down your thoughts and feelings; take pictures, save your pregnancy test, or make a plaster belly cast. Whatever you want to do, don’t feel embarrassed or silly about it. This is your moment, enjoy it!