Feel Beautiful – Why pregnancy photography is therapeutic?
I will never forget when I became pregnant. My body started to change. I was growing this person inside of me. It was magical and scary. My body was no longer mine. As a pregnancy photographer, I HAD to do pregnancy photography, right? It was a strange and empowering experience. I had never before felt so large, so vulnerable, and also so checked out.
Being connected with your body and the baby growing inside during pregnancy can be a challenge. Either you don’t have time because you are running around with your job and children, or you may feel like you are out of control. Pregnancy pushes us on all levels.
Pregnancy photography is one way to pause, focus on your baby, take some time out for yourself and see your own beauty, often for the first time.
Over the years I have been in business, many mothers have come to me because they don’t like their bodies and really want to. It is natural for feelings to arise within us as our bodies expand and grow. These women had heard about the therapeutic affects of a session with me, even been referred by their doula, midwife or Obgyn. Bravely they made the appointment, and had an unforgettable experience. They later told me they felt beautiful.
Feel Beautiful became my tag line because I believe all women deserve to feel beautiful, and especially pregnant women who should be empowered in their beauty and strength as they undergo the next life transition to mother.
What you can expect from me and a session with me.
When I work with a pregnant mother I meet her where she is. I invite her into the studio several weeks before the photography session so she can learn about me and how I work. We look at lots of photographs. We discuss what nudity means and her comfort level so she feels safe knowing that she is in control. We talk about life as a mother, and her dreams.
The next meeting is the day of her session we sit and have a cup of tea and look at more photographs. I want to know how she is feeling in her body, again, because things can change over night.
I start each photography session with a simple yoga and breathing exercise to get both of us grounded, but also to allow her to remove distractions and create space for the next few hours so she can focus on herself, her baby and her beautiful body.
The session is more than just photography. My mission is to empower each mother to see her beauty and stand in her strength, and after she leaves, she will move into this new transition knowing herself more intimately.