I wasn’t going to take baby bump photos this pregnancy because I thought it’s something only first-time mommies do, like I studiously did when I was pregnant with our first-born, J. But then I thought, what if one day Kid #2 asks me, “Where are pictures of Mommy pregnant with me?” What am I going to say? That I was too lazy/stubborn to take them? I can’t do that!
Prompted by Nilsa’s photo-a-day challenge, I took the following photo to mark the beginning of my baby bump.
How I shot it
I set my camera on a tripod, used a remote, and snapped A LOT of photos. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, taking self-portraits is HARD. PROPS to you who do it regularly. Making sure the angle is right, that parts of my body aren’t chopped off, that my expression is natural, etc.
I’m facing the bathroom door, with the bathroom light on. No other lights are on around me, so that I could focus the light on that baby bump.
How I edited it
I converted the photo to black and white because I wanted the focus on the emotion of the photo. Making the photo black and white also brings out the contrast between the shadow on the left and the light on the right. I softened the photo in Lightroom and also made the shadow even darker than it was SOOC.
Below are the original colors (in a different pose). I plan to take weekly bump photos using the light below and a similar pose. I also want to compose a fun storyboard with all the photos like this one.
P. S. We are about a month away from knowing whether “Kid #2″ will be a boy or girl! Eek!
P. P. S. I’m having so much fun being creative with Nilsa’s photo-a-day challenge. Please “like” her Facebook page to see the entries, including both of mine so far (the one above, and this one). And most of all, join the fun! I see Sandra has already joined .
Did you take them, if you were expecting?