It's Wednesday, and in Pregnancy Land that means "Happy Bump Day!"
Yes, I'm one of those mamas who takes weekly "belfies" to track the bump growing process and baby's development. Honestly, if I didn't do that, I'd forget to document anything -
that's what happens by the time #3 comes around!
I have shot many maternity sessions and I often hear how self-conscious and uncomfortable women are in front of the camera when they are pregnant. I do my best to convince them otherwise because I truly think pregnant women are beautiful and inspiring. Did you know that it's a lot harder to listen to your own advice??
It hasn't been an easy pregnancy for me; physically and mentally. In fact, I wasn't planning on having any maternity photos done at all because I felt too "gross" and didn't want anyone taking photos of me. Tsk tsk, I know. But I knew that I would regret it so I decided to attempt to shoot my own maternity photos.
I had never used a camera remote before; what a nifty little thing! In the past, I have used the timer which forced me to run a mad dash to my spot once I pushed the button before those 3 seconds elapsed, leaving me with images that never really quite worked out as well as I'd hoped. The remote worked so well for this session and it allowed me to capture image I had envisioned.
After a few casual shots of me hanging out on the bed, I got a bit adventurous. I often notice how the window light filters into our bedroom through the dark curtains. I can allow light to fill the room, or I can create a much more dramatic look by only slightly opening the curtains. I'm not typically a big fan of bare belly shots, especially my own, but I love how these turned out.
I have to admit, editing the photos brought a few tears to my eyes. Knowing this is my last baby and the last time I will experience pregnancy, I am so glad I let go of my insecurities and captured this special,
yet challenging, time in my life.
Now, it's time to prep for some DIY family photos with a newborn...eek!