I loved being pregnant, but I had a very difficult pregnancy journey. I originally was under the impression that I would never be able to have any babies of my own, so my maternity photos signify a huge accomplishment for me. I took TONS of photos with my last pregnancy because I knew it would be my last. My body has just been through too much and I cannot handle being so sick again from the hormone supplements that I needed. I am so grateful for our two little miracle babies, but I have been a bit sad that my pregnancy journey is over. It took me a year to finally feel like getting back to editing a few more of my own maternity photos because I have been a bit sad about it. I am really enjoying looking back on these amazing days though and remembering the feelings of excitement and anticipation while we waited to meet our sweet little boy.
Since I have been through so much with my own pregnancies (everything from strict bed rest to symphysis pubis dysfunction to hyperemesis gravidarum and a bunch of other challenges too). All of those health issues that came up during my pregnancies made it challenging to get the photos that I wanted but they were still so important to me so I made it happen. I know often times women don’t feel comfortable with how they look while they are pregnant, and I don’t like my clients to worry about that at all before their session. In addition to providing wardrobe and makeup styling for my clients, I also go to great lengths to provide high level retouching for every photo.
I started out working in the fashion industry, and have retouched countless photos. I used to joke that my overtime hours for retouching photos at one job literally paid the entire loan on my old car. With my first son, I gained half of my starting body weight during my pregnancy. I felt HUGE. But I knew that with good posing and editing, I wouldn’t have to feel self-conscious about my photos. 😉 With my second son, I had really bad HG and I literally survived the whole pregnancy on Icees and cherry tomatoes. For some reason, those were the only two things that I was able to keep down. As a result, I looked super worn down and malnourished that whole pregnancy.
I would NEVER do this with any of my clients’ photos (so don’t worry that your un-retouched photos are going to show up online at some point!), but I am not embarrassed about using my own photos for a retouching before and after example. I want my clients to remember all of the wonderful feelings of being pregnant, and not worry about the dark circles from lack of sleep, etc.
Here is one of my own finished photos…I did a particularly heavy edit on this one since I wanted a bit of a painterly feel:
Here is the un-edited before picture, straight out of the camera:
I didn’t like the pose after I tried it out but I liked the expression in this one, so no big deal…easy swap! Here’s a close up of me un-retouched…in all of my dehydrated, sunken lines, dark circle glory.
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