In 1991, a very pregnant Demi Moore appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair. Since that women are obviously getting much more comfortable with their bodies, and I think that trend started with the Vanity Fair article way back when. In looking back, it definitely broke the mold. Pregnancy is no longer something to be hidden, but something to be celebrated in all its glory. If you're wondering whether you should do it, here are some reasons I think maternity sessions are great.
1. CELEBRATE YOUR PREGNANCY
You might feel tired, nauseous, sore, aching … but we see a beautiful woman bringing a new life (or two or more!) into the world, with a gorgeous little bubba growing inside of her.
Whether or not you love how you look, a professional photography session will make you feel beautiful.
2.YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE A SECOND CHANCE
You will only be pregnant a few times (if that) in your entire life. No matter if you think you look far from glowing or glamourous, a skilled pregnancy photographer can easily draw out the beauty, love and femininity of pregnancy – you may just surprise yourself…
There are only a few months in your life, per baby, that you’ll have a glorious noticeable, round belly – sadly it takes months to show and you have that in-between ‘could be a squishy tummy but could also be pregnant’ stage too! Before you know it, the birth is over, they’ll be at school, or having their own kids, just like your parents will tell you. And those dear moments of pregnancy will be but a distant memory. Even if it’s something you do just in case you might want it later, I don’t know anyone who has regretted getting a pregnancy photo shoot – but I know plenty who regret not doing it.
You might be unsure about it now, but if you don’t have a photography session while you’re pregnant, you’ve lost the chance to create once in a lifetime memories – you can’t get them back. Photos also trigger memories, feelings, emotions… they help you remember more vividly. Even if you don’t care for the memory for yourself, I can assure you that when your children are older, they will be delighted to see the photos of their pregnant mamma, while they were growing inside of you.
4. MAKE A BIG REVEAL
A maternity session can be a fun way to reveal your baby's gender, if that is information you have chosen to learn and share. You can even announce your child's name. Perhaps you are having multiples and no one knows yet. People will love finding out this information through photos.
5.CHANCE TO BOND WITH YOUR PARTNER
It can be harder for a dad-to-be to bond with an unborn baby, since the baby is growing inside of you, moving inside you, having hiccups inside of you – and not him. You might feel all warm and fuzzy when those things happen, but he can’t feel it so he doesn’t know how wonderful it is. But putting dad in the picture can help him bond with baby a bit more too, and it gives him some special memories of his own.
Pregnancy is something to be celebrated it's a special time in our lives, one that may only be given to us once so you wanted to remember how you looked pregnant. You also wanted to have a record of how your husband/partner tenderly touched your stomach, it’s a lovely way to involve dads a bit more in the pregnancy process.