Baby Bump Progress Photos

There are SO many great baby bump photos out there from couples who really planned things out. We kept it simple and even then it was still a pain in the butt to do, I can’t imagine the production that some of those other amazing sets entail.

I didn’t really plan things out too much. I was going to take a weekly photo in front of the mirror myself, but Juan decided he wanted to help me out and I thought it was a sweet way for us to bond throughout the pregnancy. He later regretted that decision, particularly on mornings where we were running late to work, but too bad! It’s pretty rough around the edges but I don’t care, it takes me back to the wonderful journey I had with my baby girl.

And with that, here’s my top 8 tips for how to go about doing your own baby bump progress photos:

  1. Do your research. Do you want to copy someone else’s cool idea or do you want to stand out?
  2. Decide if you want to be a stickler for taking your photo right on the first day of the new week or if you don’t mind fudging it a bit, or even maybe moving it to the weekend.
  3. If consistency is key to you, go with artificial lighting because I found that as the year went on, the same place I was taking my photo (since it was always around the same time) got very different amount of natural light coming in from the window.
  4. Aim the camera at belly height. Too low and you look giant. Too high and you look like a dwarf.
  5. Write down your exposure settings if you are using a DSLR and don’t want to have to figure it out every time, unless of course you’re a pro and would know what to do regardless.
  6. Again, if you want to be consistent and go the route of using the same clothes, make sure it is stretchy. Like, really stretchy. You need room for that belly to grow!
  7. Forgive yourself when you miss a day or a week. Just take it as soon as you can, it’ll still work!
  8. Have fun with it!

Did you do bump progress pics? Did you do anything with them at the end? What are some of your tips?