With my first pregnancy, I took my pictures myself, in our bedroom AND the mirror was dirty for the first 15 weeks or so. Sheesh! I was too busy trying to not puke. So, my plan is to have my DH take them and we'll be creative with it. I like the idea of making a small sign for number of weeks and have DS hold it by my belly
Willovia, tips I learned:
The washed out is due to your flash, use natural lighting from a window, plus you get great shadowing that way. An hour or two before sunset lends a nice sun-kissed look (more noticeable with outdoor shots).
Also, wear something tight and stretchy. The whole point of the shoot is to see the gorgeous belly, right? Tight, stretchy clothes will best accentuate all your great curves. Never wear maternity clothes, since their primary objective is often to feel good on, rather than flatter your shape. Try something fitted or tank tops in solid colors or neutrals instead.
Skip the florals, plaids or really stylized clothes because you want to be able to look back at these pictures in 10 or 20 years and still think the photos look great.
Hope that helps