The amazing Beth Hurley came over to help me capture some images of my pregnant self five days before our beautiful Beatrice entered this world. I met Beth last year when she took some photos for my blog redesign, and then she helped us out again when she too our pregnancy announcement photos.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do for our maternity shoot, and I wasn’t really sure I would like pictures of myself at my heaviest (ifwe’rereallybeinghonest). I remember that when Beth showed up I thought, Man, I should have done these a bit sooner so I wouldn’t be this swollen! But looking at them now, I wouldn’t have wanted to take them any sooner. They capture those last few days of my pregnancy and those precious moments right before the bean became Beatrice. Turns out I really love that these pictures were taken so close to Bea’s birth.
Now I often stare at the bean and try to wrap my mind around the fact that she was actually inside me. Somehow even though I watched her come into the world, I still can’t fathom that our bright eyed bean came from within me.
I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to show my naked belly in the photos. I hadn’t planned to wear the robe/slip combo in advance, but Beth (as usual) has an eye for these things, and once she started taking pictures it felt natural.
I am so grateful that I have these pictures. I love them so much.
I truly loved being pregnant about 95% of the time, and these pictures take me right back.
I hope these pictures will always help me remember what it felt like when I first felt the bean move. . . what I felt like when I finally starting showing (relief) . . . what I felt like in the days leading up to her arrival (so excited).
I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with them yet (maybe make a little book?), but I love that I will always be able to look back on that time and remember what it felt like to carry our little bean.
Fellow mommas, did you have any maternity photos taken? If so, what did you do with them?
A huge thank you to Beth for capturing these for us!