Maternity pictures (for yourself....!)

So i thought since i take maternity photos for other people, and i love them, i'd give it a go for myself for some keepsakes! With my first baby i had some photos taken, and it cost a lot of money, but i love comparing and looking back at them! I didn't want to look back and think, why didn't i get some this time also! 

Firstly i was being a bit of a cheapskate, why pay someone else when i can take them myself. Secondly i can experiment a little further then perhaps i would feel comfortable with another photographer! Wow how hard it is to complete this for yourself!

One of the issues is taking the pictures yourself. Ok, i thought that shouldn't be too hard. I'll line my camera up, on a tripod and use a remote to take the picture. Simple. Well theory being it should of been, but without being able to see the picture first you can't see if you are lined up correctly. Generally not a massive issue as you can crop it, however when it chops half of your head or body off... mmmm not so great. I also found that the angle wasn't always correct, or a great angle. For instance from down below.. making your face look rounder then an orange, plus i have a large head anyway, oh and the double chin! Without constantly being able to check the screen well it was a bit of a disaster!

 Chopped off head and wrong perspective!! 

Chopped off head and wrong perspective!! 

Secondly... who likes photos of themselves generally anyway.... It wasn't very nice looking at yourself. I must admit i hadn't really looked in the mirror properly, or seen a photograph of myself since being pregnant (or before to be fair as i tend to avoid it!) The pounds i have piled on, the swelling and the mishap outfit. Not very flattering, or attractive! It completely put me off and ruined the experience having to look at myself! I was planning on adding my partner into a further photoshoot at some point. I think i may avoid that one now! 

On the plus side.. i did get some beautiful shots of my daughter! There were a few ok shots of me and Freya also, shame i couldn't be more supermodel like but at least ill have a few pictures for a keepsake.  Here are a few of the better examples of my maternity shoot. I love the lighting in the photos. natural lighting is so much more pretty. Hopefully baby will make an arrival soon so i can get some newborn shots too! I did consider photoshopping it, but why? Everyone would know thats not me!  

Sophie x