In this day and age where social media rules, thinking of the perfect photo to announce big news is a right of passage all in itself. Not to mention, it is so fun! So, when I found out I was pregnant with my second child, after all the shrieking and happy tears, I immediately started brain storming fun ways to make my pregnancy Facebook official. After I searched Pinterest for quite a bit of inspiration, my family and I were off to take some photos of our own. We managed to get some photos that I am obsessed with and I am here to tell you how we did it!
Whether your BFF is taking photos of your family with an iPhone, or you hire a professional photographer, here are some of my tips for taking the perfect pregnancy announcement (or just about any type of family) photos.
All photos below by MKE Moms Blog photography partner Freckled Fox Photography. She is the absolute best and we love her more than our luggage.
Use simple props
We’ve all seen the pregnancy announcements that have the mama with her head in a toilet or eating pickles from a large jar. Personally, that is just not my thing. But, I think simple props can really add a lot to your photos. Ultrasound photos, a teeny pair of booties, or a small sign can make a big statement without being over the top.
Get your kids involved
If this is a second, third, fourth, or seventeenth pregnancy, get your little ones involved in the shoot. Consider yourself warned: This can not always be easy! I have a two-year-old who would much rather play in the dirt than stand next to mom and dad for a couple of minutes taking a picture. So, you’ll have to get creative and make their time in front of the camera fun. We had lots of success when we asked my little one to move around the little shoes we had for a prop and to hold the ultrasound photo. Jumping, running, and climbing also make excellent distractions that turn in to adorable photos.
I can’t speak for everyone, but the first trimester is definitely not a time when I feel like I’m glowing. The idea of taking photos of myself during those first few weeks is actually pretty miserable. I’m exhausted, feel nauseous at the drop of a hat, and am not happy with the way I look in just about anything. I’ve found that wearing white helps to give you that pregnancy glow that you may just not be feeling. Also, wearing something with an A-line or empire waist can help you either hide or highlight that teeny bump. (I can no longer find the dress I’m wearing online, but you find something similar here, here, and here.)
Get a few good family photos
The addition of a new baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. If you’re using a professional photographer, use this time as an opportunity to get some really great family photos. That way, you can always remember this special time in your family’s lives. You’ll be much more likely to display these photos in a frame, than you would one that screams pregnancy announcement.
The when and where
Where and when you take your photos can totally make or break them. Pick a location that is not only meaningful to you, but also includes plenty of textures, has the option of shelter in case of rain, is quiet, and not so busy that it takes away from your photos. Things likes stairs and hills (or, in our case, giant logs) can also add nice variety to your photos. We took these photos at the Riverside Park location of the Urban Ecology Center.
As far as the time of day, many photographers swear by the “golden hour.” It is roughly the first hour of sunlight after sunrise or the last hour of sunlight before sunset. Since taking photos before your morning cup of coffee sounds miserable, I generally shoot for the last hour of sunlight in the day. During this time, the sun is much softer than the harsh, bright midday sun. Plus, it provides for some kick-butt sun flares.
Bonus tip: Use a photographer you are obsessed with
I think this tip is probably the most important of them all. Sure, there are plenty of great photographers out there, but it takes a really great one to put you and your family at ease and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. So, make sure you pick a photographer who can genuinely make you laugh and just feel good about yourself. If you’re working with little ones, then you’ll also want to choose someone who is great with kids. It will make your life so much easier. I swear.
Now, let’s see your photos! I know there are so many more tips and great ideas out there, and we’d love to see them. Share your fun announcement photos with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @MKEMomsBlog. You can also leave your tips in the comment section below. Happy photographing!
All photos in the post were taken by the wonderfully talented, kid-whispering Freckled Fox Photography. If you’re looking for family photos in the Milwaukee area, check her out!