In the hustle for preparing for baby, I totally neglected to think of taking maternity pictures. But to be perfectly honest when your due date is less than a week away, finding the right photographer and budgeting for the expense just wasn't placing too high on the priority list anyways. So my husband encouraged us to get creative and try to take them ourselves. I'm SO glad he did.
We aren't huge fans of the posed portrait style of photography. We tend to gravitate towards the organic and active shots of life as they really happen. Capturing memories instead of staging them per say. So our philosophy was this "we're gonna set up our tripod, set the self-timer and see what happens." And that's just what we did.
Using our Sony Nex-5N camera and a 2.8/16 wide angle lens, we set up the tripod and used the 10-second self-timer 3-shot continuous shoot function. When we set up the camera initially in a spot we would take a few test shots to adjust exposure for preferred lighting and set the aperture to our desired focal length. If you aren't already familiar with using your camera in the manual program mode, these are things that are easy to learn how to do by reading through your cameras user manual.
Another key factor to consider is the time of day you want to take pictures for optimal light. In our house certain rooms flood with light at different times of day. In our master bedroom we have a large bay of windows on the opposite wall of our bed. With our light cotton drapes closed in the afternoon it creates a great diffused light for pictures. If you're planning to shoot outdoors, golden hour is always the most user-friendly light to shoot in and that happens late in the afternoon.
The key is taking a ton of pictures, sorting through the masses to find the best and pairing down from there. For editing made easy I love to use the VSCOcam app on my iphone. It has a ton of presets to adjust lighting, contrast and color quickly without needing any knowledge of computer grade photo editing software. I edited all of these through VSCOcam on my iphone and then airdropped them to my macbook - fast and easy.
Hope these inspire you to take some fun and candid family pictures that you'll cherish for a lifetime and make memories in the process. Learning to do something as a family is always a good idea.