Maternity Self Portraits - DIY | Photography by Taila

Want to know how to take your own baby bump photos? You are in the right place :) I will share with you some tips for using your phone or your big camera (AKA DSLR) to take some beautiful self portraits during this beautiful moment of a woman's life that is pregnancy. 


Pregnancy may not be the most glamorous time, but it sure is special and worth being documented. I love that I can get in front of the camera every couple of weeks for a few minutes to document my growing self, I mean, growing baby!

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What do you need to take pictures of yourself and your sweet baby bump?

- camera (any camera you have at home being it from your phone, or a DSLR), with a timer.

- tripod (or something you can use as a tripod, to rest your camera/phone on, and hold it up)

- light coming from a window, or door. You can also take it all outside, where there is plenty of light.

If you are using a phone...

1- set your phone on a table, stack of books (like I did), or tripod

2- make sure to turn the timer on to 10 seconds

3- point the camera to where you will be standing

4- click on the screen about the place you will be standing at for focus (if you are using an iPhone, a little square and a sun will show up. Slide the sun up or down to adjust the brightness of the photo)

5- click to take the photo and go stand in place while the countdown goes on

6- check the photo and make adjustments as needed.

If you are using a DSLR...

1- set your camera on a table, stack of books (like I did), or tripod

2- make sure to turn the timer on to 10 seconds

3- point the camera to where you will be standing

4- set the focus to whereabout your face will be. 

5- click to focus and start the count down

6- run to stand in place

7- check the photo and make adjustments as needed.

Ps.: The settings you use on your DSLR will depend on how bright or dark your room is. For reference, for the following picture, my settings were F 2.8, SS 1/160, ISO 800.

Tips:

- Set the camera high. Don't make it look you up, but instead look you straight forward, or on an angle (looking slightly down toward you).

- Keep trying! Don't give up. Practice makes perfect, and if you keep trying you will have some beautiful self portraits.

Here is a behind the scenes and a final photo for you to see. I've taken these maternity pictures with my DSLR and with my phone so you can see you can use what you have at home :) 

The final result, with a three year old that is loving the attention!

Here is a side by side comparison of my self portrait with my DSLR and my iPhone

Useful photo tools

Mobile Editing Apps - here are a few editing apps to choose from.

1- Lightroom Mobile - available for iOS and Android for FREE

2- Snapseed - available for iOS and Android for FREE

3- VSCO - available for iOS and Android

Tripod for phone

             

Tripod for camera

   


 

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Useful photo tools

Mobile Editing Apps - here are a few editing apps to choose from.

1- Lightroom Mobile - available for iOS and Android for FREE

2- Snapseed - available for iOS and Android for FREE

3- VSCO - available for iOS and Android

Tripod for phone

             

Tripod for camera

   


 

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Photography by Taila specializes in photographing toddlers, seniors and couples, serving Austin, TX and surrounding areas including but not limited to Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio.


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