Sunday, 14 July 2013

DIY Maternity Photo Shoot


With the recent glorious sunshine the UK has been receiving, I thought it the perfect opportunity to head outdoors for a DIY Maternity Photo Shoot. We didn't get any proper photos during my pregnancy with William and Noah as I was in and out of hospital so frequently and on bed rest at home in between. So this time, I was keen to get some shots of my growing bump which I could treasure for years to come. 

I wanted something pastel, floaty and whimsical to wear, but the selection of maternity dresses available is pretty dire, so I headed to Missguided and bought a maxi dress in my regular size 8, which I just about managed to squeeze me ever-expanding bust into! I do prefer to buy non-maternity outfits where possible so I can wear them again, so no doubt this dress will be making an appearance again next summer.

I'd recommend every woman take some maternity shots while pregnant. We had a lovely time taking taking these pictures, and the photo shoot is now one of my favourite memories of this pregnancy. Whether it be using a professional photographer or a DIY project, you'll cherish the photos for a long time. I've added some DIY Maternity Shoot Tips below if you'd like to do one yourself.




DIY Maternity Photo Shoot Tips
  • Make sure you have a visible bump! It's suggested a good time is between 30 and 35 weeks, but it depends on the individual and whether you have a big or small bump. We took mine just before 26 weeks, as my bump was big enough for the photos and I didn't know if we would get another sunny weekend to take them! 
  • Props can be fun to include. I had planned on taking a little chalkboard and writing the number of weeks on it, but forget at the last moment. Other fun things to use would be scan pictures, balloons, baby books or baby shoes.
  • Try and take your photos outside for a pretty backdrop. We returned to Whatton Gardens for ours (where our wedding reception was held) as we knew there was plenty of beautiful scenery. Other lovely locations for photo shoots are forests, botanical gardens, parks, walking trails and beaches. 
  • If possible, shoot on a cloudy day and avoid direct sunlight. The best time to take them outside during summer is between 4-6pm, for soft lighting. We had to go against my own advice and battle the midday sun as the gardens closed at 4pm and I knew if I left it to the evening my hay fever would be unmanageable. We tried to take most of our photos in the shade or under some cover, but a few were taken in the direct sunlight and I'm still happy with how they look.
  • Take along a tripod if you plan on taking photos with your partner, or enlist the help of a family member or friend. It was a bit of a hassle setting up the tripod to the correct height and distance under the scorching sun, but worthwhile for the photos we got from it.
  • Don't worry about the people around you if you're taking your photos in a public place - you'll never see them again! A few people paused to peer at us out of curiosity, but we just continued on with what we were doing and they soon went away.

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46 comments:

  1. you look gorgeous Amy xxx

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  2. Beautiful, such a lovely idea :-) Hope it's all going well for you both xx

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  3. These are beautiful photos x

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  4. Congrats dear! You look charming :) Wish you all the best xx

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  5. Loving the dress. And the bump. And your healthy glow. And the location. I love pretty much all of it. Out of curiousity, what camera do you shoot with? xx

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  6. You look beautiful! And how lovely that you got to have the shoot in the same place as your wedding reception :) xx

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  7. Beautiful Amy :) What a wonderful thing to do, this post is the best thing I've seen all day.

    Amy xx
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  8. Lovely pictures! :) cherish them. xxxx

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  9. Wow, you look so beautiful! I hope everything is still going well.

    Lucy x The New Northerner

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  10. You look stunning, lovely shoot and beautiful dress :) Big congrats on your pregnancy! xx

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  11. What a beautiful lady you are. Such lovely pictures :)
    Bamboozle Beauty xx

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  12. you look beautiful!! xx

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  13. You look so beautiful! And this pictures are gorgeous, I love the location and the dress. Congratulations on your new addition :-)

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  14. wow what a beautiful post
    you look so amazing !
    very beautiful pictures,
    love them! so nice!
    lot of greetings,
    Eva
    NICOVABEAUTY

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  15. aww how pretty :) you look so happy and glowing! xx

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  16. you look gorgeous & glowing amy!

    Love the pastel dress! Multi-use is the best!

    I love all the pics but my favorite is the one where your husband kiss the baby bump.

    Annie (NJ)

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  17. Absolutely beautiful photos - I am so happy for you both :) xx

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  18. Beautiful pictures Amy! x

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  19. So beautiful Amy, you're glowing! This colour is gorgeous on you as well. xx

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  20. You look so beautiful! This is such a lovely idea xo

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  21. You look so gorgeous and glowing!!! :) Xxx

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  22. gorgeous photos!! you look beautiful! I'm definitely doing this when I have a baby bump one day ;) xo, Michelle
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  23. You look simply beautiful :) x

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  24. These are so BEAUTIFUL!! You are truly glowing, I am so pleased for you both!

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  25. You look beautiful :)

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  26. You look absolutely beautiful xx

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  27. amy, you look absolutely stunning, really glowing and happy! So pleased to hear things are going well with the pregnancy (: xx

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  28. You look absolutely beautiful. X

    Katie

    Http://www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk

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  29. The photo of your husband kissing your bump simply melted my heart it's gorgeous! I also love that dress it's a beautiful colour xx

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  30. All the best with your pregnancy! x iconemesis

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  31. You look beautiful. The photos turned out great! X

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  32. Amy you look stunning! I really wish I'd taken some shots like this with W. Maybe next time. I'm so happy for you. I really am. xx

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  33. This is so cute!! you look gorgeous !
    btw the dress is amazing !

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  34. Amazing look ;)
    You are so pretty <3

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  35. That dress is lovely on you and the pictures are definitely something to be cherished for years to come. Thank you for sharing the photos and the DIY tips.

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  36. Just catching up with blogs to read! Congratulations! Such lovely news. This photo shoot is beautiful! You look so lovely.

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  37. You look absolutely stunning! I want to do an outdoor photoshoot as well for my maternity pictures but fell in love with your dress! Is there anywhere else I can buy it other than at Missguided?

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