When I found out I was having a third baby, I knew I wanted to take monthly baby bump pictures – just like I did for my first two pregnancies. There is nothing more special than documenting a growing baby bump! After three pregnancies (and some help from a professional maternity photographer), I can share my tips for taking beautiful maternity bump photos. Here is how to take monthly maternity bump photos at home by yourself.
When should you start taking baby bump pictures?
Everyone starts to show at different times during their pregnancy. For some women, they look pregnant quickly – while other women take a few months to grow a bump. There is no right or wrong time to start taking baby bump pictures – it’s all up to the Mom’s personal preference. I have taken both weekly baby bump growth photos and monthly bump photos.
How do you take monthly maternity bump photos?
If you don’t have someone to take your monthly maternity bump photos, don’t worry. You can take your own baby bump pictures!
Even though it may sound difficult to take pregnancy progression photos week by week by yourself – it isn’t as hard as it sounds! I have taken weekly and monthly maternity bump photos during all of my pregnancies. Think it may be tricky to snap the same exact shot? My best advice is to wear the same outfit while standing the same way in the same place every time!
Supplies to Take Your Own Monthly Bump Photos
You don’t need a lot of supplies to take your own monthly bump photos. Here are the supplies needed to take your own bump photos at home.
- Black Maternity Dress (see my favorites here or buy this turtleneck dress in one size up)
- Tripod or a friendly photographer/partner
- An iPhone (works SO well) or DSLR camera
- Good lighting (natural light is ALWAYS the best)
- Blank Wall
- Baby Bump
How do you pose for baby bump pictures?
It may feel weird to pose holding a small pregnant belly for the first few photos, but don’t worry – the bump will grow! My best advice for how to hold a pregnant belly in pictures is to rest your hands gently on the top or bottom of your bump. You can hold both the top and bottom of your bump when it is bigger too!
The secret to taking great pregnancy progression photos is to stand the same way in the same outfit for each photo.
Professional Maternity Photo Sessions
It can be intimidating to take your own monthly baby bump photos. I highly recommend hiring a professional photographer to take your maternity photos at least once during your pregnancy. You will never regret having a professional photo of your baby bump!
Want to see my professional maternity photo sessions? Check them out below: