AKA, my impromptu maternity shoot.
Seriously, guys. I should NEVER be in photos. Especially not on purpose. But, about a month before I was due, I remembered this post from Delia and became inspired. I did not take monthly belly shots with this pregnancy. And I'd never had a "maternity" shoot before.
Add in a little early birthday present for myself (a remote for my DSLR! When I learned how inexpensive they were I treated myself!) and I figured I needed to document this occasion. I did mean to blog about it before the baby was actually born, but you know how it goes...
Another good reason to document this: I only gained a total of 11 pounds! Seriously! This is a far cry from my first, when I gained 50 pounds, or my second, when I gained 45.
So, even though I was totally self conscious posing by myself all along in my backyard, I'm glad I've got some photos from this period of my life.
I was asked on multiple occasions if I was sure it wasn't twins. Which is nothing new. I got this with the other two kids as well. I would like to know what possesses people to say things like that... "Hey. I bet she doesn't realize that she's as big as a whale right now. What if I ask her how many bodies she's hiding in there - that oughta make her feel better!"
I call this my model face:
Here's the ultrasound picture that had me worried my child would come out looking like a Peanuts character - most likely Linus.
And for your amusement - here are some super awesome outtakes you don't want to miss.
I truly can take a decent photo. I swear. Just not of myself.
camera - Nikon d3100 (user-friendly, lots of options, I love it!)
camera remote - Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote (like this one) (easy to set up, easy to use, I'm still getting the hang of using it DISCREETLY)
Editing - all editing done on picmonkey - I have their Premium membership (even though I swore I wouldn't pay for it, I broke down) and I think it's worth it!