I have a confession to make. I’m pregnant with my fourth child and I’ve never done a maternity shoot. In fact, pictures of me during pregnancy are few and far between. I never felt comfortable doing weekly belly pics. At my weight I never felt like I had a great baby bump until the last few weeks. And well, taking a picture of myself in the mirror – pregnant or not – feels rather awkward to me.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and I signed myself up for a maternity photo session. I’ll be a little over 33 weeks during the shoot, so I’m hoping that I’ll get some really great belly shots out of it. I’m a little nervous, and I actually haven’t told anyone yet.
My session is in a week and I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to wear. I’ve been stressing out about it because I want to make sure it’s something I love since I’ll be looking at these pictures hopefully forever. I want it to be timeless and flattering. Picking out the perfect outfit for pictures is pretty overwhelming to begin with – add to that the fact that I’m very pregnant and occasionally puffy and it gets even more difficult.
I know in the end it will come together, and I’m looking forward to having real pictures that will capture my pregnancy beautifully. It’s hard to get over the body issues when you feel like you’re the size of a house, but being pregnant is always amazing for me and it’s important to me to finally have this done. I’m going to suck it up, step out from behind the camera, and rock my bump.
Have you taken professional maternity pictures?