I haven’t had the chance to photograph many maternity photography sessions lately. I’m not sure why things seem to come and go in waves. At one point I’ll be photographing a ton of maternity sessions, and then sometimes there is a few months between maternity photography sessions. It’s strange how it works. However, I sure am glad I had the opportunity to photograph this session. I feel like we captured some images that mom can look back on and smile about! Being pregnant is such an interesting time in one’s life, it’s nice to have some maternity photos to look back on…especially maternity photos that are all about the belly and making mama look like her fabulous self!
Seeing her belly reminded me of what my belly was like while pregnant – and yes she is carrying a boy and to me, that is a boy belly: all out front! Mama-to-be here looks amazing and really made me miss my own baby-belly. Not that I have already forgotten about the aches and pains and the alien-being-from-within-taking-over-your-body stuff that comes along with it….but once you get past all of that, being pregnant is such an amazing thing, really and truly. I got told all the time my belly was huge and the like, but really I never felt like I looked better! I used to joke it was the only time in my life I’ll have a rock hard stomach, so I may as well show it off and love the belly!
I really do believe that pregnancy – whether it is your first or your fifth – is an amazing time in your life and should be captured and remembered. Looking back and seeing yourself looking beautiful while pregnant is a gift. Not all sessions are the same. Some women do not like to show their bare belly, whereas other women love to. Maternity photography is tailored around your personality and what makes you feel good! This session had an amazing mix of all kinds of outfit changes, clothing styles, and really touched on just about each style I offer…even an indoor studio session to start, then we headed off to the great outdoors which included a bit of hiking, wading through the water of a local creek and even a bit of rock climbing 😉 Mama-to-be was a trooper. She did everything I asked of her with complete confidence in me…and I am so happy she did!
I hope you are able to look at this session and see that maternity portraits can be for everyone, regardless of your style or how much you want to show, and that pregnancy is a time to be celebrated and looked back on with a huge smile! Here are just a few of my many favourites from my most recent maternity portrait session.
I love when the significant others get involved in the sessions too! It makes them just that much more special. Even if some arms have to be twisted along the way, they’re so nice to have and to know baby will be able to look at these images as they grow and see how much love was there before they were even born!
I love the black and white version of this image. There is just something about it….
We headed to Apps Mill between Brantford & Paris for the outdoor set. This was where the hiking, swimming, wading, rock climbing and the works came into play!!
Me: “Hey Kelly (her name is also Kelly), how about you walk through the entire creek to the other side and lay on all those rocks?!” LOL. It took her a few seconds to realize I was totally serious, she put on her husband’s flip flops and made it through the water. She did draw the line at standing on the rocks really close to the edge of the water because she would have to be barefoot and the rocks were gross and slimy. Hey, everyone has their limits!
This image. THIS is the entire reason I wanted to head out to this spot. We fought rain (if you look closely, while Kelly is on the bed of rocks it was raining), and intense heat for this session for this image above. Yup, I was inspired by the amazing Meg Bitton and had to try my own version of it. I think it was worth it and hope mama here does too!!
Still having a great big smile by the end of an adventurous session is a great sign!
Looking forward to meeting this little guy in just a few weeks!
If you are pregnant and are interested in having maternity and/or newborn portraits taken once your baby arrives, please inquire for more information on our maternity and belly-to-baby sessions. Maternity photography is an amazing gift you can give yourself, or to someone else. Gift certificates are available and make an excellent baby shower gift. Sessions are held in our in-home studio in Paris, Ontario, or on location within the surrounding area. For more information on maternity, newborn or other types of sessions including children and family, please contact Kelly at email@example.com or 519-717-7002