There are few things more captivating to me than the incredible fact that mothers literally create life, from start to finish, in just nine fleeting months. I can say with sincerity that I am still in awe when it comes to the unbelievable grace of being a mother, even after my own pregnancies and extensive work with pregnant clients.
As a photographer I often speak with clients who are tired, uncomfortable and otherwise “over” being pregnant. The last weeks are annoying at best as you feel awkward, waddle when you walk, are dying in the Florida heat and can't tie your own shoes! Although others can see the striking beauty of your growing body it is sometimes difficult to feel confident during such a physically challenging time.
There are many reasons to treat yourself to a maternity portrait session. The most obvious of these is to capture this unique experience in your life with timeless images that you will someday sit down to reflect on and share with your children. The not-so-obvious reason that I love maternity portraiture, however, is that mothers who come to me tired and anxious for their birth leave with images that allow them to see themselves in the stunning, beautiful way that others do.
I recently worked with a young mother who was frustrated and exhausted. The most rewarding part of the photographer-client exchange with her came for me when she saw her gallery and told me that seeing her maternity portraits made her feel beautiful for the first time in months. She regained a sense of confidence in herself when she saw her maternity gallery. Moments like that make the work that I do rewarding on a deeper level.
So, this is my message to all of the tired and overwhelmed mothers of the world- remember that you are amazing, gorgeous, strong, and getting closer every single day to meeting your beautiful little baby. Take some time out to focus on yourself and capture the incredible beauty of your pregnancy before it is over- you deserve it!
Your friend in motherhood,