What on earth do you do if you want to celebrate your pregnancy with portraits, but don’t want to drape yourself in fabric or do a Demi?
Here’s a suggestion. Why not feel settled at home, relaxed and comfortable in the space that your bundle will soon be arriving in? Why not surround yourself with the things that mean the most to you and let them tell a chapter of the story too? Because for me, maternity photography is not just about photographing shape, it’s about recording a piece of history for you. And I think that history works best, tells the fullest story, with a little bit of context for you.
Your life before they arrive. The house before the toys take over. The dog who is, and will always be, the apple of your eye. No matter who steals your heart in a few weeks time.
I am an unashamed dog lover. My instagram feed suggests a slight obsession. So if you have a dog in your life and want them to be a part of the session, GREAT! Seriously. Extra brownie points for you. Don’t be worried about asking. My dog is a part of my family, so I fully expect yours to be a much loved member of yours too.
This handsome chap has helped propel border terriers straight into the top 5 of my “MOST LOVED DOG BREEDS” list.
There is a list.
He is all character, all quizzical expression, all sorts of smart and funny. He is as adored as he is adorable.
I’d love to say he sat on that rug like an old pro.
I’d love to say he was in one position, behaving, offering his paw when asked because that is cute.
I’d love to. But I can’t.
We had fleeting moments of focus, carefully concealed dog treats and still he wanted to run over my way and see what the hell I was up to. Generally what I was up to was laughing out loud and trying to avoid having my shoe stolen.
Sometimes there is very little point in preparing your face for photographs. The tastiest make-up will be removed via the licking method.
The nursery you decorated, that nest you’ve built, will never be the same when the new tenant moves in.
You can enjoy it now as it is – totally tidy, perfectly ordered, everything in the proper place. That row of children’s classics you’ll be reading and enjoying all over again. Those clothes that you hope will fit, even for a short window of a few weeks. The nappies that you plan to conquer when you become a Pampers-Origami master.
But for now, feet up and wait.
It’s a quiet space today. A little hushed. Expectant – like you.
These are the maternity photographs I want to take. This is the beginning of your family story that I want to tell. And in the next blog post, I’ll show you what happens when part of that story gets told outside.