I’m at the very end of my pregnancy—38 weeks this week to be exact—and I’ve been so busy gearing up for the baby’s arrival. I finally stopped styling shoots this week and am trying to take it easy as much as I can. While I’ve been busy getting everything ready, it never occurred to me to stop and capture this time.
I recently was contacted by NYC photographer and the photo editor of Glamour Magazine, Michelle Rose, who also photographs babies and families in her spare time. I had seen her photograph a couple of friends’ babies and families. She suggested a maternity shoot, which didn’t occur to me aside from shooting looks for this blog. I only thought about getting a photographer for AFTER the baby’s arrival. She came over my apartment in Brooklyn and managed to some of the most beautiful scenes, including a gorgeous shot with my less photogenic kitty, as well as sweet moments with my hubby. (Check out more images from our shoot on her site.)
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My styling and art direction background prepared me for planning some fun scenarios and even made a mood board on Pinterest for the shoot. Despite all that, Michelle was such a pro that she made suggestions for shots that ended up being some of my favorites, including a shot that recently ended up on the go-to pregnancy site, The Bump.
These stunning images have captured my nursery-in-progress and the most beautiful I think I felt my whole pregnancy (thank goodness this was right before the baby dropped into position and now my feet are so swollen that none of my shoes fit!). I think she managed to capture the glamorous side of pregnancy that will hopefully one day make me forget all of the unglamorous things that pregnancy brings.
I highly recommend doing the same if you’re expecting, especially with Michelle if you’re in NYC. It’s a time that both feels like an eternity and flies by at the same time. My sister recently pulled out a picture of her bare bump from her first pregnancy and got emotional showing it to me. It’s really a special time and I can’t wait for the next shoot once this little nugget arrives soon.
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photos by Michelle Rose