I shot my very first pregnancy session this week. My beautiful model Nicole was incredible. Isn’t she gorgeous?
I have strong emotions when it comes to pregnancy images. Why? I wish I had beautiful images like this from when I was pregnant. It’s not like I don’t have any photos…I have the typical snapshots to show my belly progression, but I really don’t like to look at them. I’m just going to be honest with you…I gained a lot of weight with both my pregnancies, and back then there was no such thing as cute maternity clothing. Stores hadn’t picked up on the fact that pregnant women wanted to wear normal clothing too. So here I was gaining lots of weight and the only store I could shop at was Motherhood Maternity. I didn’t feel beautiful. In fact for the first time in my life I felt fat. When I see the photos from my pregnancy all the emotions flood back, and I have an instant feeling of embarrassment. It’s funny how an images will bring back emotions.
A few months ago I was looking through old pictures, and I came across some photos I had forgotten about. They were nothing special or glamorous. Just me, 9 months pregnant, shirt lifted, belly fully exposed. For the first time I saw myself pregnant without immediately feeling embarrassed. I thought to myself…what is different with these images? Why did these ones bring the memories of excitement and the butterflies I would get just thinking about meeting my tiny new babe. I puzzled over this for a few days, and the answer came to me in one of those ‘ah ha’ moments. You know the ones where you suddenly realize you’ve stumbled upon something totally awesome : ) These photos show my pregnancy. Not the fact that I had gained some weight or the fact that my clothing was hideous (seriously the clothing was terrible). It was just me with my amazingly wonderful prego belly.
I realized as a photographer I have the ability to help pregnant women see beyond the weight gain and over sized clothing. I can create stunning images that will allow them to look back at this time and remember the wonder, the amazement, and the pure beauty that comes with carrying a child.
Tiny Me Photography is officially offering pregnancy sessions (happy dance time)! I understand that it isn’t for everyone, but if this is something you or someone you know might be interested in check out my brand new pregnancy portfolio. Feel free to share this post, and don’t forget to ask questions or share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading! XOXO ~Rebecca