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 my 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.

- - -

My Pregnancy Diary

- - -

122 comments:

  1. you look gorgeous Amy xxx

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

    ReplyDelete
  3. These are beautiful photos x

    www.lovebettycornwall.blogspot.com

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

    ReplyDelete
  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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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-

    ReplyDelete
  8. Lovely pictures! :) cherish them. xxxx

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

    Lucy x The New Northerner

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

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

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

    ReplyDelete
  12. you look beautiful!! xx

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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)

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

    ReplyDelete
  18. Beautiful pictures Amy! x

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  22. gorgeous photos!! you look beautiful! I'm definitely doing this when I have a baby bump one day ;) xo, Michelle
    http://www.michelleinanutshell.net

    ReplyDelete
  23. You look simply beautiful :) x

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

    ReplyDelete
  25. You look beautiful :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. You look absolutely beautiful xx

    paintedglitter.blogspot.co.uk

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

    ReplyDelete
  28. You look absolutely beautiful. X

    Katie

    Http://www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  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

    ReplyDelete
  30. All the best with your pregnancy! x iconemesis

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

    ReplyDelete
  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

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

    MissManzanna.Blogspot

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

    http://closertotheedge1.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  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.

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

    ReplyDelete
  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?

    ReplyDelete
  38. While the admin of the web site is working, no question soon it will likely be famous, due to its feature blogs.
    bubblegum casting

    ReplyDelete
  39. Enthralling stuff I haven't been finished particular data in a lasting time.
    new york dui lawyer

    ReplyDelete
  40. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  41. The information you have given in the blog really marvelous and more interesting.Accident Claims

    ReplyDelete
  42. Gorgeous photos. Thought it was taken by a professional photographer. Great tips too! :)
    Congratulations on the new baby! Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  43. How to make beef jerky
    Finally I’ve found your blog, awesome way of explaining each and everything really.

    ReplyDelete
  44. best remington shaver review
    I am certain this article has touched all the web visitors; it’s very extremely lovely script.

    ReplyDelete

  45. best electric razor 2014
    Your blogs are totally value gift compute and energy.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Cosmetic Dentist reseda
    I am really appreciating very much by seeing your interesting posts.

    ReplyDelete
  47. credit repair companies
    The blog is unique that’s providing the nice material. Please post more interesting articles here.

    ReplyDelete
  48. NY Medicaid fraud lawyer
    The stuff and its collection are great and telltale as contentedly.

    ReplyDelete
  49. unknown caller
    The blog is unique that’s providing the nice material. Please post more interesting articles here.

    ReplyDelete
  50. best seo company
    Thank you I am glad about the encouragement! I love your site, you post outstanding.

    ReplyDelete
  51. write my essay for me
    This is actually a fantastic blogs! More of these details are superb -it is nice to see one that current.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Rolex Replica
    This blog Info is fabulous; I must wanna see best more from your writers.

    ReplyDelete
  53. who's calling me
    I was searching for many blogs site and now finally I have got this cool place with lots of information.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Click Here
    Your blogs and accretion attracts me to come back once more on your site.

    ReplyDelete
  55. I knew this blog post was existed someplace. Thanks to post such articles. Will unquestionably be using it very soon. NY Medicaid fraud lawyer

    ReplyDelete
  56. Waooow!! Nice blog, this will be greatly helpful.
    lifestyle definition

    ReplyDelete
  57. This is really pretty cool place I like it because it has everything I want more on this blog soon.
    lifestyle definition

    ReplyDelete
  58. healthy lifestyle
    Your blogs and each of its stuff is so pleasurable and valuable it is making me come back soon.

    ReplyDelete
  59. This blog is truly awesome in all aspects. Medical Negligence

    ReplyDelete
  60. Your composing is purely awe-inspiring that I desired to read such high quality material...
    lifestyles of the rich and famous

    ReplyDelete
  61. Keep the ball rolling you have done the great job here.
    Loch Duart Salmon

    ReplyDelete
  62. This is very essential blog; it helped me a lot whatever you have provided. cosmetic dentist south bay

    ReplyDelete
  63. If truth be told informative and valuable detail is here.
    healthy lifestyle

    ReplyDelete
  64. These are truly amongst the wonderful informative blogs.
    cash loans no credit check

    ReplyDelete
  65. Thanks fellow your posts are really very good for me since it make good sense for me.
    totaled because of damage history

    ReplyDelete
  66. Your blog! What should I say in its praise… relevant, lastly something which surely helped me? Thanks
    compare car insurance rates

    ReplyDelete
  67. Cheers! You have really allured me; I have no words to explain my feelings about your post.
    best android phones

    ReplyDelete
  68. Your post is really quite important for me. Thanks for this edifying post.
    payday loans in salem ore

    ReplyDelete
  69. vitiligo makeup
    Good good…this post really deserves the praise nice post :P

    ReplyDelete
  70. online loans payday advance
    For a long time me & my friend were searching for informative blogs, but now I am on the right place guys, you have made a room in my heart.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Wow! What a great idea in the post! What a concept! And beautiful theme that’s Amazing …
    life insurane

    ReplyDelete
  72. Hmm this post is truly effective; you have defined the core factors in your write-up. Thanks
    best sitation service

    ReplyDelete
  73. Keep on the good working guys, this blog is quite informative, really!!
    lifeshield review

    ReplyDelete
  74. Seriously, I consider your blog is one amongst best blogs that I found. Your efforts awfully help make reading your blog considerably easier.
    best home security system

    ReplyDelete
  75. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.citation service

    ReplyDelete
  76. Web Design Company
    I am truly inspired from your write-up and sharing this too with my friends and colleagues.

    ReplyDelete
  77. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.Password Manager

    ReplyDelete
  78. Hi I was searching for the blogs for many times, now I have reached at the right place.payroll advance

    ReplyDelete
  79. Keep on working man, great job! Inspiring posts on the blog, I love it.
    watch brands

    ReplyDelete
  80. Incredibly nice article, accurately what I was in search of. Thanks
    whole life insurance rates chart

    ReplyDelete
  81. congratulations guys, quality information you have given!!! infogrphics

    ReplyDelete

  82. best electric razor 2014
    Nice website full of quite interesting and informative posts, so must keep on good working!

    ReplyDelete
  83. congratulations guys, quality information you have given!!! Infographic

    ReplyDelete
  84. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.fashion

    ReplyDelete
  85. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.car insurance quotes

    ReplyDelete
  86. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.5 star

    ReplyDelete
  87. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.samanthareed.org/garcinia-cambogia-free-trial/

    ReplyDelete
  88. I was on rummage around for the sites related to provide good information, so I came up to your site. umrah visa

    ReplyDelete
  89. You are a really very smart guy! What a beautiful way you have adopted of explaining every aspect of the post. umrah agent

    ReplyDelete
  90. It’s impressive one and entertaining blog, nice stuff thanks for the admin of the site. umrah packages

    ReplyDelete
  91. Hello friends, I have come again at the place, plus enjoying this post, it’s as well a nice addition, so carry on. umra packages

    ReplyDelete
  92. For a long time me & my friend were searching for informative blogs, but now I am on the right place guys, you have made a room in my hea best blog post

    ReplyDelete
  93. For a long time me & my friend were searching for informative blogs, but now I am on the right place guys, you have made a room in my hea best blog post

    ReplyDelete
  94. Good article, your all provided information is all right, keep your blogs on- Greets. home security systems

    ReplyDelete
  95. Good article, your all provided information is all right, keep your blogs on- Greets. home security systems

    ReplyDelete
  96. If somebody wants expert take on the main topic of blogging next I advise him/her to go to this site, continue the fussy job.Aspire Atlantis

    ReplyDelete
  97. Hi I was searching for the blogs for many times, now I have reached at the right place.can new yorkers still get payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  98. Your blog is full of entertainment and helpful information that can allure to anyone anytime. Continue posting! car insurance detuctible explained

    ReplyDelete
  99. Your blog is full of entertainment and helpful information that can allure to anyone anytime. Continue posting! car insurance detuctible explained

    ReplyDelete
  100. I get contented to see this selective information. IM Conference Vegas.

    ReplyDelete
  101. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  102. I get contented to see this selective information. how to build business credit

    ReplyDelete
  103. I get contented to see this selective information. how to build business credit

    ReplyDelete
  104. Incredibly nice article, accurately what I was in search of. Thanks fast way to build business credit

    ReplyDelete
  105. Incredibly nice article, accurately what I was in search of. Thanks fast way to build business credit

    ReplyDelete
  106. Well, I have got the best information from here the site is fully stuffed with the knowledgeable information. loan

    ReplyDelete
  107. I had been trying to get something special like that at length but now I have finally got it.
    building business credit fast

    ReplyDelete
  108. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from. lexington law reviews

    ReplyDelete
  109. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.clash of clans triche astuce

    ReplyDelete
  110. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from. compare auto insurance rates

    ReplyDelete
  111. Hi guys, I really enjoyed your blog it was quite inspirational, keep posting!
    payday loan

    ReplyDelete
  112. If you really desire to get such type of information, visit this blog quickly.payday loans with flexible payment options

    ReplyDelete
  113. I have checked this link this is really important for the people to get benefit from.payday loans in tennessee

    ReplyDelete
  114. I was seeking this convinced info for a long time. Thank you for offering such great information and good luck. http://garciniacambogiahowto.com/dr-oz-free-trial-supplements

    ReplyDelete
  115. Beautiful! You look so pretty. I love your dress and the color! ♥
    I can imagin that these photos are unpayable.

    ReplyDelete
  116. Thanks meant for sharing this type of satisfying opinion, written piece is fastidious, that’s why I’ve read it completely.paydayloans

    ReplyDelete
  117. Thanks meant for sharing this type of satisfying opinion, written piece is fastidious, that’s why I’ve read it completely.Book of Ra

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comment!