I love love love love love love love photographing maternity sessions.
Pregnancy is such a beautiful and miraculous time in a woman’s life and it should be captured and remembered, so that when that baby is grown, they will see how much they were loved from the very beginning.
I remember when I was 8 months pregnant and feeling not quite like myself. I didn’t want to remember how heavy I felt, or how tired I was. I found that a lot of times I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. I complained endlessly about weight gain, morning sickness, tiredness, swollen feet, constant hunger, stretch marks, and numerous other symptoms. I didn’t feel beautiful. Though, as a photographer I knew in the back of my mind that I would regret not having photos of myself. So, I made sure to buy a pretty dress, spend hours on hair and make up, to get to the point where I thought I looked presentable.
It didn’t occur to me until after birth, that my body grew a little human, perfectly. It built and protected a little baby without me ever “asking” it to do so. I loved him from the moment I knew he was coming, and my body knew exactly what to do. Those “unbearable” symptoms eventually went away. And in return, I was given the greatest love of my life.
I cherish those photos and view them with a new appreciation. They remind me of the little kicks or the hiccups he used to do. It also reminds me that being pregnant is a gift. We are lucky to have gone through it, and even though we might not feel at our best, our bodies are amazing.
I find that a lot of pregnant women I speak to, they’re wary about being photographed. But I need to tell you that having these moments to look back on for yourself, your partner, and for your babe, gives you a memory of an absolutely incredible time in your life.
For this maternity session, I convinced her that she needed to capture her pregnancy. She was definitely hesitant and unsure of what to expect, but when she received her collection, she was speechless. I know that when they’re holding their gorgeous babe next month, they’ll look back on these photos and think, this perfect little human came from this – us.