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I vividly remember the moment my wife walked up to me with her positive pregnancy test. It was a wonderful, wonderful day! It was also the beginning of this parenting journey I’m trying to capture on OrdinaryParent.com. Along that journey we took lots of pictures during the pregnancy (including weekly side profile pics at the same spot in our house), and even more after our daughter was born. But the pregnancy seemed to fly by (for me at least, my wife might argue otherwise) and so I’ve already started thinking about the next time around and the photos I want to take. The 2o examples I’ve provided below have offered me the most inspiration and I hope you find ideas you like and use, too.
**None of these thumbnail photos are mine and should all be linked back to the source where I found them. I encourage everyone to check out the sites of the photos.
Just one example of how you can plan ahead just a little for a wonderful and adorable pregnancy and baby photo. I love how this photographer colored the outfit and nothing else, really drawing your eye in.
Can be just the mom, mom and dad, whomever.
Very simple for anyone to do, and really tells a story with the look on a mom’s face.
However you choose to display the name (blocks, writing on belly, etc.), this is a classic.
Similar to the baby name, if you prefer to keep the name secret simply use “boy” or “girl” or even “baby” in the photo.
A great example from http://cdn2.blogs.babble.com/being-pregnant/files/pregnancy-journal/id-10093053.jpg
Blue bow for a bow, pink bow for a girl, or something neutral if gender will be a surprise.
The side profile of daddy kissing mommy’s belly is a great and simple idea. Just make sure there’s ample light so shadows don’t overtake the picture.
Not all guys would be comfortable with this, but your friends and family will certainly enjoy it.
Every single week, take a photo of mommy and belly from the side. And after baby arrives, include her or him in the last photo. My wife and I took (almost every) weekly photos during her pregnancy, and while we haven’t yet had the opportunity to make a nice combined picture like above, we will one day and encourage other expectant parents to do the same.
Find lots of other great examples at http://www.bellyartphotos.com/gallery/
No matter how the math works with your family, you can find a chalkboard like this, use photoshop, or some other background image to tell your message.
Find someone to take a photo for you that captures the joy and excitement of becoming parents. My wife and I had numerous photos taken of us leading up to the birth of our daughter, but none like this as we missed out.
Get outdoors and take photos. Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural thing, so get out into nature and capture the moment.
This one seems simple enough, but I picked it because of the circular image it presents. Rather than holding from below or on the sides like most photos, I feel this one flows really well and is great for a black and white picture.
This is one just plain cute. I love the family-feel, and the socks on the fingers. It’s simple, but brilliant.
Do you have an idea you’d like to share with other ordinary parents and parents-to-be? If so, please share it below or email us the photo and we can add it our here too.
For expectant parents, you May also enjoy our post on Creative Baby Shower Food Ideas.