With a lot of social distancing and economic changes still happening in the world around us, a lot of the things we celebrate during pregnancy and early motherhood feels like it has been stiffled... but you can still make things work!
Maternity photography is something a lot of moms look forward too. The pampering, the beautiful dress, feeling empowered about this next big milestone in your life. Celebrating the new life that is going to be entering into this world shortly.
With COVID-19, things have changed – and it is okay to feel upset over it. Never before in our generation, or even our parent’s generation has the population as a whole dealt with a situation quite like this.
But you can still find ways to salvage the celebration of your pregnancy and this little baby. I have seen a lot of people doing virtual or drive-by baby showers, and it makes me smile to see how much love we can spread even with these restrictions.
And there is an alternative for maternity photos too!
As I myself am on the last leg of my pregnancy (less than 7 weeks to go), I have been considering maternity photos. It’s funny because I actually never did any with my last two pregnancies…. and I am a photographer myself!
But I feel like since this will be our last, and as a way to celebrate a happy moment amidst all the social upheaval and chaos, I might just do my own. At home.
And you can too. You don’t need thousands of dollars worth of gear and editing software. Below are my X tips for DIY maternity photos during COVID-19.
First off, you need to accept that your maternity photos will not be like those you see on Pinterest or in magazines.
Using your phone, some good lighting, and a simply staged location can do wonders for showing these moments in a way that is unique to you.
Having a theme, vibe, or inspirational idea.
Photography is always about telling a story, so before you start picking out make-up and an outfit – think about what story do you want your photos to tell? Do you want to showcase the new-ness of motherhood by posing in your put together nursery in the glider reading a baby book? Or perhaps you want to be glamourous one last time before it is back to the baggy shirt and sweats pants look that requires minimal effort during this time of low energy. Anything you come up with- make it personal to your story as a mom, as a partner, and as a growing family,
Some tips on stepping up your phone camera photography game.
For starters, please do not use the camera on selfie mode. Using the “back camera” instead of the “front camera” gives higher quality photos EVERY TIME! (You know how your selfies never look as good as when you get someone to take a photo of you? That’s why.) So use hubby or most phones have a timer built-in. It might be a bit of work, but it is possible.
Take advantage of the features that are already on your phone. Androids and iPhones have features you can use to take gallery-quality photographs like portrait mode.
Stick to natural lighting situations that fill the room with even light.
If you want to shoot outside, do it in the morning or evening during what we photographers call “golden hour” (which is the hours before sunset or right at sunrise).
If you have to shoot during the middle of the day. Find open-shade (essentially stand under a tree with your back to the sun.
Don’t forget to have fun with props. Props can add a lot of visual interest to your photos and will help tell a more complete story. Some prop ideas include baby shoes, a Baby on Board sign, books, ribbons, balloons, ultrasounds, and wooden letters.
DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL.
In the end, regardless of what you chose to do, be true to yourself, and be happy and comfortable during your photos. This is a time to cherish the moments, big or small.
Stay tuned for my next post on DIY in-home Newborn photos.
Wife to Michael, mama to Abigail and Willaim, photographer, website and branding designer, lover of music, fan-fiction, rainy days, and coffee. I enjoy connecting with other mamas and hearing each other's stories and all the #honestmotherhood moments. As well as sharing my photography and design work, with tips and tricks thrown in. You can learn more about me and my family here. Thanks for stopping by!