Photo Shoot – minus the photos

I met a local photographer for a maternity photo shoot today. We spent about 90 minutes trying different outfits and poses, and I think the results are going to be great. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this because 99% of the time I hate how I look in photos. Never have I seen a recent photo of myself and thought “Oh, I look so nice!” But when I look at older photos I am almost always pleasantly surprised. No matter how stupid or fat I thought I looked at the time, the magic of a photograph is remembering the moment it was taken instead of reexamining my double chin or stupid haircut. What better moment to capture than pregnancy? Besides, my belly is cute and stretchmark-free, my hair is shiny, and my skin is clear and kind of glow-y. I spent the whole morning repeating positive thoughts over and over in my head – about how growing a baby is a beautiful and natural thing, how my body is doing a great job, and how despite my insecurities and flaws I should celebrate my womanhood. It sounds super cheesy and only kind of worked but Tracy (the photographer) was very nice and great about putting me at ease. Plus with fancy lighting and a little Photoshop magic, these might end up being some of the best photos of me every taken.

When I go back to pick up my CD of images next week, I’m hoping E can come along for a few extra pictures. A pre-family portrait, if you will. I’ll definitely share the pics when I get them so you can all admire my glorious womanhood while silently thanking God you are not 36 weeks pregnant.

7 Responses to “Photo Shoot – minus the photos”

  1. Britni says:

    I’m sure you will look beautiful! And I can’t wait to see the pictures :)

  2. funnyface says:

    I have seen some GORGEOUS pregnant mama photos, and I’d probably get them done if I were pregnant. I’m sure you looked amazing!

    That said, don’t get any ideas about making a plaster cast of your naked pregnant torso and hanging it in the living room. I lived with a girl who did that. Thing was creepy. And what was little Samuel to say when he gets older? “Oh, that thing on the wall? That’s my mom’s ginormous tits and belly! Now let’s go to my room and play!”

  3. stacyinbean says:

    I love pregnancy photos, and professional ones can’t be beat. One of my favorite pictures ever is of my mother (just about as pregnant as you are) and my little brother (3 at the time). Her belly in relation to his already melon sized head was hilarious because she was sooooo big, but like you said, she was absolutely glowing and her hair was super shiny too! I just realized that I know 3 Suzanne’s who are currently pregnant too! Now I’m convinced the other two will be having boys!

  4. bebehblog says:

    FunnyFace – Actually, my photographer showed me the plaster casts from both her pregnancies! She was trying to make me feel better, since she’s a little tiny thing and I felt enormous, but I have to admit they were still kind of weird. I just have no desire to have a physical imprint of my pregnancy – photos are more than enough.

  5. funnyface says:

    You know, I could probably even get down with the plaster cast…I think it was just hanging it in the most-used/seen room of the house that wigged me out. It was the first thing I saw every time I walked in the front door.

  6. h_a_l says:

    I’m sure the photos will come out awesome. Can’t wait for the picture post! I’ve actually just been in touch with someone about having this done, because I’d like to have some nice photos of my pregnant self, as opposed to the one’s my sister took of me singing karaoke at a drag queen bar a couple of weeks ago at my friends bachelorette party. I’m sure my sister took those just to show my daughter when she’s a bit older : “And there’s your mommy at 5 months pregnant rocking out with the drag queens to ‘Cherrybomb'”

  7. SarahMC says:

    Every day I come here hoping to find new photos, because you are cute as a BUTTON!

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