Kaitlyn and I had a great time shooting her maternity session back at the end of August. We even had a chance to do a "crossover" session and get her in the outdoor clawfoot tub for a milk bath session! These sessions are typically boudoir and have their home at my other site: Blush Boudoir. However, Kaitlyn shows us one can have an equally beautiful session here while fully clothed. I was so excited to be able to photograph a maternity session in the milk bath.
Kaitlyn also wrote a beautiful piece on her session and the end of her pregnancy and has graciously allowed me to copy her words here:
Deciding to wait till I was almost 37 weeks to have my maternity pictures done was honestly a difficult decision. Several people recommended having them done when I was 30 weeks as "optimal" conditions. I wouldn't have the 3rd trimester weight gain, swelling, and lack of mobility.
I thought about it for a bit, honestly. And then decided to make a decision that I am not only happy I chose to make, but proud of myself for.
Pregnancy, like everything else, gets idealized. We create unrealistic expectations and create deceptive, altered realities that then make everyone else feel bad about their pregnancies not being so "picture perfect".
My body has worked hard to support the life growing within. It has sacrificed much, been through hell, and yes, even added a significant amount of weight to my original 125 frame. But it has all been with the anticipation of bringing my precious child into this world. My body has altered, but that is because of my son. So I have chosen not to be ashamed of the weight. To embrace the differences. My body won't always stay this way. I will lose the weight. I will regain mobility. I will lose the swelling. But for now, they all remind me of the gift I am getting. My beautiful rainbow in the storm, Makiah. So, despite the weight, I am proud of these 37 week pictures. I am proud that I overcame unhealthy eating mindsets in order to create a healthy system for my son to thrive in. That I chose to share reality with the small world I live in.
Finally, almost at the end of my pregnancy, I think I can honestly say I am able to embrace this body. This moment. This person. Knowing she will continue to change as life goes on.
Thank you Valerie Holifield for helping me capture this moment at the end of my pregnancy.