NJ lifestyle Maternity photography: My personal Maternity photos

I wanted to share a personal project of mine. This is clearly dated as my son is one now but while I was pregnant with him, I made it a point to take some photos of myself.  I generally did not like the way I looked when I looked in the mirror from day to day but when I got myself dolled up,  (sometimes not dolled up at all) and photographed my bump in beautiful light, I learned to see how beautiful my body was for what it was capable of doing. Some of you may know that my first son was born at 29 weeks, so with Fletcher, every week I made it past that point was a celebration and that was part of why I did this as well. I was on Activity restriction so I was not able to travel very far. Most of these were taken in my home or at the park down the street.

 

 This was at 19 weeks. I had Gestational Diabetes and my little guy was only 5lbs when he was born so my bump was pretty small in the beginning

This was at 19 weeks. I had Gestational Diabetes and my little guy was only 5lbs when he was born so my bump was pretty small in the beginning

 I believe this was around the 25-27 week point.

I believe this was around the 25-27 week point.

 I made sure to get Oliver in the frame also. He was so excited to get a little brother.

I made sure to get Oliver in the frame also. He was so excited to get a little brother.

 This photo and the next were taken between 29-30 weeks. the point that I had Oliver. so it was a big celebration that I was still pregnant and I felt that a lace dress was in order.

This photo and the next were taken between 29-30 weeks. the point that I had Oliver. so it was a big celebration that I was still pregnant and I felt that a lace dress was in order.

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 This was at 35 weeks, I was huge but my pose along with the drape of the kimono helped to create a more slimming effect. Black and white helps as well.

This was at 35 weeks, I was huge but my pose along with the drape of the kimono helped to create a more slimming effect. Black and white helps as well.

 This was 36 weeks. my pose was similar to the one above to create a more slimming effect.

This was 36 weeks. my pose was similar to the one above to create a more slimming effect.

 sometimes you just need a flower crown because why not?!

sometimes you just need a flower crown because why not?!

 this was about a week before I had Fletcher in his newly completed nursery. My husband painted the mountains on the wall :)

this was about a week before I had Fletcher in his newly completed nursery. My husband painted the mountains on the wall :)

 here I was about 38 weeks. It was about a day or 2 before i went into labor and I wanted one last photo of me and my Oliver before it stopped being just the two of us.

here I was about 38 weeks. It was about a day or 2 before i went into labor and I wanted one last photo of me and my Oliver before it stopped being just the two of us.

I know a lot of the mom's I have photographed are not necessarily into Maternity photos or are not happy with the way the look while pregnant, but I really feel that it's such a special time in your life. Your body is doing something miraculous and amazing and it would be such a shame to not document it in some way. It doesn't have to be cheesy. as you can see above, we can focus on the bump or make some quiet moody images. Or if you want to go all out and wear the flower crown, we can do that too, I still have it!

If you are booking a newborn session with me, ask me about my package deal and we can add on a Maternity session for a deep discount!