Maternity Pictures: Are They A Do or A Don’t?
Shortly after I joined the blogging world, it seemed like everyone I knew was pregnant. And not only were they pregnant, but they were showing off their baby bumps in gorgeous, glowing maternity photos that almost made me wish I was pregnant again.
As they say – be careful what you wish for. Before I knew it, I was pregnant with my third child and debating if I too should venture down the pregnancy photography path. I had my concerns though:
- This was my third child and I didn’t have maternity pictures done with the first two. Would that come back to haunt me? Would my older two children wonder why I hadn’t had any pictures done with them in my belly? Would they be jealous?
- I’m not exactly a small pregnant woman. I was asked if I was having twins on almost a daily basis from the time I hit my second trimester.
- I hate having my picture taken. So, so awkward. Could I pull off the ethereal, peaceful mother look without bursting into laughter?
As I hemmed and hawed and dragged my feet about my decision, time passed and my belly grew. I sent some texts back and forth to my photographer (who also happens to be my cousin) but was iffy in nailing down a date. Oh, it looks like rain this weekend, too bad! Kids are sick tonight, so sorry!
Before I knew it, I was 38 weeks pregnant and suddenly panicked. I realized that I might never have the chance to get maternity pictures done. I could literally pop this kid out at any moment and might never have another baby!
I decided to embrace my inner pregnancy goddess and just go ahead with the maternity photo session.
And I’m so glad that I did.
Yes, I was ridiculously huge and yes, my dress barely fit me. (One more day and it would have been all over.) I laughed and felt awkward and begged the photographer to Photoshop my double chin.
But now, as my baby approaches the 8-month mark, I look back on those pictures and can’t believe that he was in my belly. I look back at our growing family and those precious last few weeks as we anticipated our son’s arrival.
And I know that no matter how big we look or how silly we feel, that as pregnant women, we are a part of something bigger.
And it’s beautiful.
And most definitely worthy of capturing forever through a photograph.
Did you get maternity portraits done?
Photo via Chaunie Brusie/J & J Brusie Photography