When I was 36 weeks pregnant I wanted to recreate this picture from Kelly Hicks Photography. Before whipping out my fancy camera, I thought I’d see if I could get a similar look with my iPhone. And sure enough! With a little bit of work, apps, and an iPhone camera (an outdated 4 at that ;)), this is what I got. Every week I post a bump shot, but today’s 36 week photo got quite a bit of a response on facebook and instagram. :) And many of you wanted to know how I captured it. It wasn’t as hard as you might think, here’s what to do!
Apps You’ll Need:
- Afterlight, 0.99. Best .99 you’ll spend on an app. Hands down, my favorite for editing. Get it. NOW.
UPDATE (4/15/15)!!! Newer iPhones 6, 6+, 6s, and 7 have “burst mode” with a 3 or 10 second timer. It will take a whole bunch of pictures when the timer goes off and you can choose one to save to your camera roll from there. The quality seems to be slightly better than in the Afterlight app.
What to Wear:
- a tight fitting black tank top
- tight fitting black leggings, shorts, or yoga pants
- a messy bun or pony tail
You want your silhouette to be as simple and clean as possible. Try to wear clothes that eliminate lines and bunching.
You’ll need a window with natural light coming in, preferably with thin, white, or sheer curtains closed to filter the light slightly and create a soft glow.
What to Do:
Prop up your camera on a box, dresser, or something across from your window so that it is at about shoulder height. Don’t use the camera facing you on the screen, you’ll get a low resolution. Point the back of the phone towards you, and look on the screen to try and get your window in the center. Start the timer, stand about 1-2 feet from your window, hold still, and snap! This is what you’ll get, it’s your tester shot to see what pose works for you. You’ll notice that it’s just a regular pic, not blown out, and the laundry pile is in focus. This is your tester shot, look at this and see what you want to change about your pose. For me, I lined up the arm next to the window in line with my body so it didn’t show, and my hand closer to the camera on my hip, making sure that you could see the curve of my back clearly. My bun wasn’t so messy either, so I fixed that. Also play with how close or far away you are from the camera, 2 feet from the window seemed to be the best for me. Okay. Got your pose? Get your phone ready, and TAP on the corner of the curtains or window in an area where you will not be standing. Your camera will focus in on that area and make the light blown out a bit. Set the camera timer, get in your position, and hold still. SNAP! Woo hoo, my light is all bright and I’m all dark like a silhouette! But this photo could still use some editing. Open your Afterlight app, and play around with your photo how YOU like it. Here’s what I did in mine:
- tilted the photo so the window was straightened
- used the “Raven” filter to make it black and white, hit the check to save the edits
- added the “Glacier” filter to give it a warm/bluish tone, adjusted the intensity 30-50% lower, hit the check to save the edits
- increased the “exposure” a bit to make it hazy looking
- cropped the photo to make the window centered
- saved it in the highest resolution
- cropped to make the photo square, and pulled it up in Instagram
Here’s the before and after of my picture: The one on the left still looks good and didn’t NEED to be edited. But the one on the right?! It evokes a hazy, dreamy glow. The tilting and cropping help draw your eye to the person, rather than the bed or the laundry on either side of the picture. ;) Not bad for an iPhone camera! Pin to save these directions for when you need em! Try it out for yourself, have fun with poses, or add your kids, pets, or family to the mix. I’d love to see it if you try it out, so feel free to email me, comment here, or tag me on Instagram (my handle is @whbsblog) if you post on there!
What do ya think?
Since this was posted almost 4 years ago, I have heard from hundreds of moms who have used the tutorial with success. When I wrote it, I had taken my picture a few minutes before and had a lot of people asking for a tutorial, so I rushed to the computer and hurriedly wrote this post. :) I had no idea this post would still be popular so thank you for reading, pinning, trying it out, and sharing it with friends! I still cherish this picture.