On Photographing My Pregnancy

4 years ago

When I was pregnant with DS (now 3), I took a similar pictures of my belly in the same outfit every week to capture the progression of the belly. Here is a sampling:

I really loved this project, but decided I would do a better job of it if I did it again. I thought it would be cool to be able to put together something like this:

But to do that, I'd have to be a little better at getting the pictures exactly the same every time - not something I'm very skilled at (especially with traveling around and, well, laziness - ha). Then, last year, I saw this on Baby Making Machine:

She captured her whole pregnancy in these adorable weekly notes. And I instantly knew that if I was lucky enough to get pregnant again, I would be stealing this idea. I decided to stick with the same outfit in every shot in case I do them well enough to make a strip like the one above. That said, there's no chance my hair will look the same in every one, which will throw off the continuity a little.

Jennifer from Baby Making Machine wore different outfits and did both a front and side profile in each shot. Looking through her pictures again, I am starting to wonder if it might be more fun to do different outfits every time (thoughts anyone?). But doing more than one pose in each picture is beyond me. I am not a photographer and have neither the equipment nor the software to pull that off.

I've had a hard enough time deciding whether I want to do the same fonts in each shot!

I take the picture on Sunday, which is the last day of each "Pregnancy Week," for me. Then I fill in the picture with my pregnancy-related memories of that week. I just entered Week 6, so I've only taken two pictures so far (weeks 4 an 5). I'm currently working on Week 5 filling the text into the week 5 picture. Here is what I came up with for Week 4. Not exactly professional grade, but I like it.

(Note: The flower pots to the side contain marigold and pumpkin seeds that will - theoretically - grow as the belly grows)

Now I just really need to decide if I'm going to wear the same clothes every time and if I'm going to use the same font every time. It had been a while since I looked at Jennifer's pictures, and going back through them I kinda liked the different feels of the different shots. Hmmmm....

I am also planning to continue the project post-pregnancy as a sort of 4th Trimester Bodies project.  Thoughts?

Anyone with a better eye than I have, I am open to all kinds of advice, ideas, and constructive criticism.

Are/Have you done weekly belly pictures?

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