12 Pregnancy Photo Shoots We Actually Kinda Love
Congratulations! You’re expecting. And while the miracle of life is a beautiful thing, the overly staged photo shoot to announce the news can be awkward for everyone. (Maybe skip the full nudity for grandma’s sake?) Here, some tips on how to execute this flawlessly. Like Beyoncé.
Get an Assist From Your Other Child
It’s hard to knock a little tot hugging momma’s bulging belly.
Or Get Your Hubs Involved, Too
He did his part, after all.
Channel Your Inner Goddess
You know that pregnancy glow everyone talks about? Own it.
Or Your Inner Model
You know you’ve always wanted an excuse to get your Vogue on.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Especially if it’s coming from a wall of flowers…a little nature and nurture if you will.
Pick a Familiar Location
Like your kitchen…or your living room. Knowing your surroundings will help you feel at ease, which comes across in photos. Again, a little help from big bro (or sis) never hurts.
Or Take it Outdoors
Go to your favorite beach or park and let nature take over. Bonus points if it’s during the golden hour (when the sun is low in the sky) or backlit for dramatic effect.
Involve Some Props
We know, we know: The shoe shot is cliché. But if the shoes are really stylish, we deem it acceptable.
Frame the Shot Along the Bottom
Instead of keeping your horizon in the middle or top of the frame, consider framing it along the bottom to create a more interesting aesthetic.
Play With Lighting (and Filters)
A little sepia (or black and white) gives pictures a vintage feel—and conceals any skin flaws you might be self-conscious about.
Spell It Out
Who doesn’t love a good sign? (Also, preach, Momma. We feel you.)
Involve Some Action
Because real life equals unmade beds and cats photobombing your shoot.