I’m excited to share these half baked baby pictures with you today! In the interest of full disclosure, baby #3 is quite a bit more than half baked. In fact, she’s due in less than a month! But, I’ve been so exhausted lately that I haven’t spent much time blogging. So, at least I am sharing these before she’s born, right?
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I took these half baked baby pictures back when baby was 20 weeks. I remember feeling uncomfortable then, but now I look back and it seems like I hardly had a bump at all. This baby has carried a lot differently than my last 2. She seems more tucked up inside me, whereas my first 2 bumps were practically straight out.
These pictures are as affordable and DIY as you can get. I took them in my kitchen using my iPhone and a tripod. This is the tripod I use, along with this attachment to hold my phone. I didn’t need extra light because I was facing windows. However, depending on your setup, you might want to consider one of these tripods with a built-in ring light.
The outfit I’m wearing came from my local “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook. If you’re not already in a Buy Nothing group, I highly recommend it. I was lucky enough to get a few bags of pre-loved maternity clothes from neighbors in my group, which I can pass along once baby is here. The best thing about Buy Nothing is that the members are all within a few miles of each other, so pick ups are quick and easy.
Because I already owned the tripod and got the clothes for free, my only expense for these photos was just a few dollars for the ice cream. If you don’t want to purchase the tripod, you can always ask your partner or a friend to snap the pictures for you!
Throughout my time blogging, I’ve found it’s much easier to correct things you don’t like while shooting as opposed to trying to edit after the fact. So, regardless of whether my husband is taking my pics or I’m using a tripod, I always want to check after a few test shots. Then you can see if your lighting is working, if you have anything weird in the background, if you have any random hairs out of place, etc. and fix those things before you continue shooting.
For example, my face always puffs up when I’m pregnant and I get a double chin in a lot of photos, which makes me self-conscious. I can tell after a couple test shots if the angle is going to work or if I need to raise/lower the camera. I know how that sounds, but I figure if I’m going to take photos for keepsakes then I want to feel good when I look at them.
Of course, you’ll probably want to do some editing after the fact regardless. For example, my kitchen is a pretty dark background–I’ve always wanted white cabinets, but clearly my husband won that battle. So, I use presets in Lightroom to lighten it up. I’m also super pale right now, since I’m not comfortable using self-tanner or going tanning while pregnant. Again, I can adjust colors in Lightroom to make myself a little less Casper-like.
Lightroom is a free mobile app available on Apple or Android. Just search for it wherever you download apps.
As for the presets (which are basically like filters), there are some free ones included in the app. Personally, I’ve never had a ton of success with those, so I download some from Etsy. They’re pretty cheap and much easier than trying to create my own.
These half baked baby pictures were a big trend in my due date group, so I’m glad I got to join in on the fun! Even if it took me a few (OK, several) extra weeks to post them on here…
I’ve linked everything that you’ll need for your own half baked baby pictures below! Even if you’re a little past 20 weeks, I still recommend taking these pictures as a fun memory for your pregnancy. My kids love looking back at my bump photos from when I was pregnant with them. It’s fun for them to see what I looked like while preparing to bring them into the world!
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