7 Creative Ways to Capture the Bump

When I was pregnant with for the first time, I had Elizabeth Messina of Kiss The Groom capture the most stunning bump photos. Starting with Liam, Elizabeth’s photos became a family tradition, and I am so grateful to have her gorgeous belly shots for all four babes. These photos hold so many precious memories for me. It was a great way to document our growing family and the extraordinary experience of being preggers.

Here’s the shot I did with Liam and Stella with Hattie in my belly. To include them I let them make my belly bump their canvas. They loved it! And the finished abstract artwork was priceless. When I was pregnant with Finn, my three older babes left their handprints on my bump.


Lately, mamas are coming up with all sorts of cute and creative ways to capture the bump. So today I wanted to share a few ideas that I really love. I can’t say whether there will be another bump shoot in my own future, but these photos certainly provide some fun inspiration. Check them out and tell me which one is your favorite…

1. Air pump bump:

2. Baby Evolution:

3. Curves ahead:

4. Telephone with your toddler:

5. Baby, apple juice, beer bellies:

6. Bump smooch:

7.  Big-brother-to-be:

Did you do a maternity photoshoot when you were preggers?

Let me know below.


Photos: Patrice Laroche, Baby Space, Flickr/Kristen Michelle, Noel Small Photography, Stein Photography, Brooke Kelly Photography, Mom*tog


  • Dustie

    They are all sweet, but #1 is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • X-el

    so beautiful <3 waouhhhhh

  • Marvelous Marketing

    Oh my goodness! These are just BEYOND Marvelous!!! LOOOOOVE!

  • deven hopp

    What fun ideas – I love them all!

  • Atelford

    Love the tire pump. Too funny!

  • Mama Bear

    #1 and #5 were my faves! But they’re all wonderful! Your 4 pregnancies were captured beautifully, so stunning in the different dresses.

    I will never tire of seeing a pregnant mama. I loved both of mine and miss that season of life. Hoping and praying it happens again. God bless those babes!

  • Jean Gilman

    They are all adorable! I was never that creative but recently a co-worker came up with a cute idea to announce their pregnancy. It was a picture of feet only: her husbands feet, her feet, their dog’s feet/paws, and a tiny pair of baby shoes, all lined up in a row in the grass. Came out adorable!

  • SR3jjn

    These are great. It is so much to make the belly the new member of the family. With my last child once the bump was a bump we (my boys and I) would decorate the bump it became a jack o lantern, a turkey, a snowman, and for the professional shoot I had them place their hand on my belly after coating them in finger paint and then put new baby’s name across the top.It helped them feel like part of the pregnancy.

  • Cox Clan

    I love the air pump bump! Seriously the cutest thing I have seen done with the baby bump!!!

  • Laura Matera

    These are all adorable! Wish I would have thought of something like that!

  • AmyH

    My favorite pre-bump shot was a friend’s. She told her husband they were having some couples shots done. During the shoot, she revealed to him she was pregnant, and captured his face the exact moment he realized. It was a magical photo.

  • desi

    My time for “preggers” is over. We never called it “bump” in my day. It was called “showing.” I just said I was pregnant and then later when the baby was “showing” we took pictures and then again at the hospital.

  • Tiffany Witherspoon

    With my mom’s help I was able to create a Progressive Pregnancy Photo. I uploaded it to my account if anyone is interested in seeing it or you can view it here on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/285978645057556532/

  • Tiffany Witherspoon

    With my mom’s help I was able to create a Progressive Pregnancy Photo. I uploaded it to my account if anyone is interested in seeing it or you can view it here: http://media-cache-is0.pinimg.com/originals/c5/ce/75/c5ce755c34edd11bc692f272daf77c85.jpg

  • Tiffany Witherspoon

    With my mom’s help I was able to create a Progressive Pregnancy Photo that shows the changes that my body went through during my pregnancy. I uploaded it to my account if anyone would like to see it.

  • Becky Finch

    I did look! That was really neat!

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  • Vennessa Medford

    Thanks T! These are great! I’m very early preggers but I’m already trying to come up with something creative. I’m already a “bigger” girl so I’m trying to come up with something fun!


  • K D

    I have the most amazing pictures from both my pregnancies. They are some of my most cherished items. I followed you through all your pregnancies and loved all the pics you took.

  • Krittie

    They are all super duper cute but my fav is the air pump photo shoot! That is cute, funny & PRICELESS!!! ��

  • Tina Tapia

    Love this! I’m due with my 4th in July and I’m so running out of ideas! Super cute!

  • Sharon Kruschen

    I did! And it’s some of my favorite pictures :)

  • Dhiulia Oliveira

    The before, during and after shot is my favorite! Wish I had seen these when I was pregnant. Great post!

  • Anthony Stuart

    This was how we did it :) http://danculberson.com/magic/