My absolute favorite bump photos are silhouettes and the best bit... they are probably the easiest to DIY on your mobile phone!
So I wanted to create this little guide to walk you through how to take them at home on your smartphone!
The beauty in these shots, you can just see an outline of you and your bump so you dont need to beautify yourself, seriously even if your hair is crying to be washed just chuck it up in a messy bun and your all set! and they look absolutely stunning!
FREE GUIDE: How to take your own silhouette maternity photos with your smartphone
it doesn't take much to set up so you can take them a few times at different stages of your pregnancy and create your own little pregnancy timeline or as just a once off momento, whichever suits you best.
What you need:
Your Smart Phone
Someone or something to hold your phone
A window with natural light
Sheer curtains - a sheer roller blind can work too. (used to soften the light and block a distracting background)
What to wear:
This is totally up to you but I recommend something figure hugging so you can easily see your bump. A few ideas: A tight black top and tights, some nice underwear or a figure-hugging dress
Step 1. Find your Light
Use a window that is big enough to fit your silhouette.
The window sill needs to be lower than your hips so it cant be seen in the photos. If you don't have one that is low enough you could try using a little step to stand on so you're a bit higher
or you can use a doorway
If the window doesn't have a sheer curtain you could hang some sheer fabric. You can take them without but they often dont look as lovely and crisp
Step 2. Set up your camera
- Use the main camera rather then the selfie camera. This will give you higher resolution files so if you want to print them you can without them going blurry
- Turn on the 3x3 grid feature, this will help you set your camera up straight so you don't have to crop it later
- Turn off your flash and any lights in the room,
- Find a patient person to take the shots for you
or if your home alone,
- Turn on your timer. For less running back and forth use the timer +3 shots option or voice control.
- Set up your Smartphone on a tripod. I like this Bendy one (and its pretty cheap) as you can attach it to lots of things or place it on top of a stack of books if you need more height. If you dont have a tripod you can make shift something to hold your phone (like this hair tie and glass jar one)
Step 4. Adjust until you get it looking the way you want
Take a few test shots and play with:
- The hight of your camera. Usually about shoulder height is great but see what works for you (too low or too high may distort you)
- The distance between you and the window. depending on how bright the sun is you may need to move a little bit closer or further away or try a different time of the day.
- The distance between you and the camera. Try to set it up the way you want it to look before you take the photos so you don't have to crop it too much later as that will reduce the size you can print your photo. if you dont want to see your feet, move the camera closer so they aren't in the photo.
- play with portrait and landscape compositions too.
Step 5. Mark your spot
Once you find your perfect spot to stand mark it with something so it's easy to go back and forth from the window to the camera to view your shots
Step 6. Adjust the brightness
To get the photos darker, tap the screen in the brightest part of the curtain
And then play with the little slider till you find the perfect exposure. Light bulb - Samsung. Sun - Iphone.
Step 7. Pose
There is no perfect pose, try a few till you find your favourite, have a look online for inspiration. These are a few of my top tips
- Put all your weight on your back leg (furthest leg from the camera)
- Pop your front foot up on tippy toes so your knee is bent
- Look down at your bump
and then play with different hand positions :
Both hands under your belly
Both hands on top of your belly
One hand on top one hand on under. Then switch them
Hand closest to the camera on your back
Or (the same hand) on your hip, start with it under your bump and then slide it back to create a triangle between your arm and your back
Play till you find what you like best
You can also play with hair styles and positioning - simple changes here can make an image look so different
Step 8. Select your favourites and edit them
In your favourite editing app play around till you get it the way you like. I usually work with the following:
You can also play with filters if you would like. When using filters I recommend using them at a lower opacity so they don't look obviously filtered but again, play till you find what you like best.
Know that you will most likely take a heap of photos to find just a few that you love. Even I do this as a professional photographer as you cant see how your moving looks through the camera. Be patient with yourself. and remember when creating art there's no right or wrong, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I know it sounds cliche but it really is true
The pros of doing it yourself instead of getting a partner or friend to take them for you is that you can take as long as you want and get it perfect but remember it may take a little longer and you may feel a little silly (Like the last time I was taking some selfies to explain photo angles to a friend and the meter man came right up to the window I was using haha)
You can also take photos against a window like this without making them really dark for a silhouette, by upping the exposure you can get nice light and airy photos too (these really need a sheer curtain though). For these you can wear anything you love as you will see more of the outfit, in the dark photos you will see much fewer details and you want your lines really crisp so avoid fabric bunching up etc as it doesn't look as nice and your bump won't show as clearly
Please let me know if you have any questions
and I would LOVE to know how yours turn out if you try it!
Lots of love, Brittany. Xx