Making Do-It-Yourself Maternity Photoshoots Cheap & Easy From Start To Finish
My little divas are 5 years, 11 months & 5 days old.
Do you really want to have maternity photos taken but can’t afford the heavy price? Perhaps, you are also a wee bit shy, and really want the photos but would love to be able to avoid the expensive photographer experience? There are ways. At home with your own cheap, tiny props, which is mainly your free belly bump, some lighting that does not require purchase, a camera. Even a not-so-great one can do the job. It does not have to be professional quality. Use what you have, but not a cell phone.
Make sure if you do not have a remote for your camera that you have a timer, but most all cameras do that I know of. I did my own photos with a white and black sheet as my backgrounds, and a 9 year old camera with a timer on it. A remote would be nice, but it IS doable without one. You can search online. Sometimes for the camera that you have you can find a cheap remote on there. Then you don’t have to go back to the camera each time, but seriously, it is no big deal.
Your partner could help you and push the button for you when needed, but my guy wasn’t around nor is he ANY type of photographer, worse than my 10 year old, so I used a simple, cheap tripod and my own finger with timer. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.
As far as props. You can use little blocks that spell out baby or boy or girl or twins. You can draw a heart on your tummy like I did. You can do a vast myriad of cheap or free things to highlight your glow and originality in your photographs. There are some great pieces of advice in the video below. I loved it. This woman shows how you can get great belly shots, outdoor shots and couple’s shots too, which is always nice. Plus, sibling pictures are certainly a great memory as well. I did that with Mikayla. I love the one of her kissing my big twin belly.
Even the dollar store could provide you with some simple prop ideas. Do take a bare belly shot too. No matter what you think right now, you will want the memory I assure you.
Here are some maternity photo ideas
(The one above and the ones below are a few of my own.)
Use your imagination. I wish I had done more & some outdoor pictures too.
After taking the photos you can easily edit them in a program like Picasa on your computer or the windows program already installed. I love my Picasa most, but any basic photo editing program will do. There is no need to get fancy or pay for a program to do this. On Picasa you can change your pictures to black and white or Sepia. Black and white with focal color. You can crop them, add shadows or borders, do mild re-touching, add text, you can add light to them, so if you didn’t have enough light around while taking the photos, though I have learned that the flash does a pretty darn good job, it can be rectified. If there are any ‘color issues’, you can manage them using this program.
I had some professional photography lights from a friend, and I ended up canning those and used the flash and light of the room only. It actually worked the same, maybe even a tad better. I didn’t look washed out, but you can adjust everything using that basic program that a 10 year old could use.
Then the next step would be to pick out your favorites and print them out at say Walmart or something. That is what I do. You can make a maternity collage using a special photo frame with cut-outs like I did. You can compile pictures together on a site like Walmart and make a fast and inexpensive collage of the photos on there for easy hanging in one frame. Or you can just blow up one or two of your favorite photos and buy pretty but inexpensive photo frames. Again, Walmart is a great place for that. Even some dollar stores have decent frames. For $4.99 I get 11×14 frames that look like they cost $40 at our local ‘dollar store’. Walmart has a great selection though. (8×10 is the more popular size.)
Do you know what even one maternity print framed by a photographer would cost you? Let’s not go there. Why pay crazy prices when there is no need to? Again watch the video below for some REALLY great advice and help on all fronts of do-it-yourself maternity photos, and enjoy your pregnancy and your baby bump. It will be gone all too soon. Do not miss out :cry:. That would be plain sad.
This is such a terrific DIY video on this topic. I wish I had seen it when I was pregnant!
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