Many expecting mothers tell me after their shoot that they were never planning on having a maternity shoot. While it seems like everyone does it based on Pinterest and the blog world, the reality is that only a very small percentage of mommies-to-be decide to step in front of the camera. Why? Sometimes it is cost (there are a lot of baby expenses racking up during this time!), perhaps a self consciousness of being pregnant; many women don't feel like themselves in their own alien body during pregnancy or maybe it's feeling like you shouldn't have the spotlight because after all there are thousands of babies born each day, right? All those doubts aside, what are the reasons for having one? The memory. Once your baby is born you will have them as a constant in your life, as they grow the once seeming colossal that was pregnancy will start to fade. You will slowly forget what it is that your body went through, a shoot is a beautiful physical reminder of what you did and who you were in that moment in time. Don't think you deserve the spotlight? Yes you do. There might be a thousand other pregnant women in your city but none of them have your baby inside of them. You can and should celebrate you and your babies closest time together. It is empowering. Pregnancy changes a lot of our favorite aspects of our bodies and more often than not grows self consciousness alongside that growing human. The truth is that pregnant women are beautiful, and while you might not see it everyone else does--and someday you might too. You might have another pregnancy in the future, but you might not. So live today like there isn't a second chance. And it doesn't hurt that your hair, skin and smile look extra glossy while pregnant ;)
Enjoy this sleepy NYC apartment shoot, my beautiful model happens to be a relative and has admitted that she never intended to do a shoot, but after my nudging is oh so very glad that she did. Live life without regrets, get your photo taken!