Best Photos to Take Before the Baby Arrives

The best photos to take before the baby arrives.

One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t do a great job documenting my pregnancy. A friend of mine told me to at least take a photograph of myself pregnant because she didn’t and now her children don’t believe that she’s their mother.

I took one or two sad selfies to prove I was gestating, but I really wish I’d taken the time to take some photos of what was going on in our lives just before each of them was born.

I’ll see photos or newspaper articles from the 70s (I’m old) and think, “Wow, that’s cool that bananas were that cheap when I was born. Or, wow Toronto looked like that when I was a baby.”

So it got me thinking about what kind of cool shots you could take and almost make a neat photo time capsule for your child.

After the folks at Canon sent me their amazing camera that I now treat like a third child, I asked my friend Heather if I could come over and take a couple of pictures of her. She was pregnant and due any day so I was excited that I had such great timing. Heather on the other hand thought she was “big, puffy and sweaty” but I thought she looked incredible and I’m so happy she agreed because I know her daughter will appreciate the pictures of her beautiful mother looking so amazing when she was pregnant with her.

(By the way, Heather had a healthy baby girl to round out her collection of three of the most beautiful little ladies on the planet.)

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Canon’s wicked Facebook app for photo ideas after your baby gets here at

Here’s a list of ideas of all the photos you could take:

  • Your pregnancy at every stage – here is my Maternity Photography board on Pinterest if you need some inspiration.
  • The baby’s clothes
  • They baby’s room
  • Siblings
  • Pets
  • Your house (inside and out)
  • Your street
  • The main street in your city or town
  • Front page of the newspaper the day your baby is born (you could hold onto that too but it may hold up better in a photo)
  • A bunch of flyers, magazine and trashy tabloids from that month
  • Your car (doesn’t look like much now but will be pretty cool in 40 or 50 years)

Once you have all your photos, you can print them off in a custom book that’ll you’ll all enjoy through the years.

Here are some great places to print one too:

What else would you take shots of? Help me out and I’ll add them to the list!

This post was created in partnership with Canon. All the opinions in this post are my own – as are the spelling errors and bad grammar.

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  • I set up my camera to take a video and read a baby book with my husband. Then went through it and pulled some pictures from it. Looked more relaxed and less staged. There were also some hilarious bloopers as my husband made voices for the characters.

  • Great ideas! I am really bad at documenting my life with pictures… I always forget to get the camera out! Creating a custom book afterwards would be a great keepsake. I am definitely making a note to remind myself to take these shots and will be tasking hubby to keep me on track! Thanks!

  • My mom kept the newspaper from the day I was born. I still think it’s pretty cool. I also liked finding pictures of the park we lived across the street from, because it changed a lot and I spent a lot of time there when I was growing up. I was always interested in seeing what my world looked like before it was "my world," so thanks for the reminder to do this! I’ve been horrible at the weekly bump pictures. I did one at 10 weeks, and now at 26 I feel like I missed too much to make up, but perhaps there’s good reason (proof of ownership) to do some at 36ish when I feel "big, puffy and sweaty" like your friend–who was gorgeous for due-any-day!

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