My photographer friend, Claire, asked me a few weeks ago if she could take some maternity photos of me. Um, yes. Just for future reference the answer to that question is always yes. So this past Sunday we drove to this beautiful location she had scouted earlier and here are the shots she got. Sorry for the maternity photo overload...it was so hard to narrow it down!
A couple things to note--This dress was actually loaned to me by another good friend. It was her mothers maternity dress back in the day and I LOVE it. It's such a great dress in general and fits my personality and this photoshoot perfectly if I do say so myself. (And I do.) Second, if any of you locals are looking for a great photographer please go to Clair's FB page, where you can check out more of her work and find her contact info to schedule a shoot. As you can see, she does some lovely work.
I haven't told Claire this directly, so I'll go ahead and say it here, but I really, really love and appreciate that she asked me to do this. One of my favorite feelings in the world is that feeling I get when someone brushes my hair...and I often find myself having that same 'hair brushing' feeling when someone does something kind for me, or serves me in some way. This whole photoshoot was a hair brushing moment. That relaxing yet elevating feeling... heavenly. Claire and our friend Maren who was acting as assistant just oooh'd and ahhh'd over me the whole time, telling me how beautiful I looked and basically making me feel like a maternity rock star. Every woman should have that experience during her pregnancy. And each time I even look at these photos, I get another hair brushing moment all over again. So thank you Claire.
Also, as is often the case by the time you get to baby #3 it seems that I'm too busy with my other chillins' and life in general that I just don't have the time to devote to thinking and planning for this baby as much as I did with the other 2. I've already explained that since we'll be moving when the babe is 6 months old, I'm not doing a nursery. I already have most of the stuff I need this time around, minus a couple things, so there's not much nesting going on at all. Thus having these beautiful photos to commemorate and document this pregnancy has really helped to make this pregnancy feel special--which it is. Thanks Claire.
So I'm also toying with the idea of having Claire come and document the birth. Depending on the situation this may or may not be feasible, but I really like the idea. Did any of you have your births documented? Were you glad you did? Thoughs, feelings, advice?