Nine months are flying by at an incredible rate.
Even though you can only sleep with a minimum of 5 pillows and bread is your main food group, something about the work inside your body right now makes you feel like a rockstar. And you want to remember it.
Maternity photos used to be so unusual, now they are trendy, and because of that, there’s this huge misconception surrounding maternity sessions – what they’re supposed to look like, how you’re supposed to dress, blah blah.
We’ve been conditioned, slowly but surely, to believe that a maternity session is a right of passage when you get pregnant. We follow this cookie cutter model and curl our hair and buy a new dress and imagine the romantic, backlit glow.
These photos are lovely, and yes, it feels darn good to get dressed up and honour the beauty in pregnancy. You and your baby will never be one like this again, and it’s honestly an awesome thing to celebrate that by getting in front of the camera in general, no matter how you choose.
But I want to challenge you to take it a step further and think about what is it you truly want to “capture?”
If you think about, I mean what’s unique and why you want to do a maternity session, I think you’ll realise that –
This photo session is not about the baby growing inside your belly…
…It’s about capturing the world and the people he or she is about to meet on the outside.
It’s not about staring at your belly button.
It’s not about a perfect flowing gown.
It’s not about the stunning, scenic location.
It’s not about the wooden blocks spelling his name.
BECAUSE YOU, BEAUTIFUL MUM, ARE MORE THAN HOW YOU LOOK.
Those things are beautiful, they’re fun, but they don’t capture anything you can’t flip through Pinterest and see a million other examples. And isn’t capturing truth and memories kind of the point?
If you want to “capture this season,” we’ll need more than cheeky props and perfect light.
You need the patience, the preparation, the hugs, the simplicity, the habits. Your STORY is what will make your maternity session special.
Take a look at this one. There are no words to describe the connection between this family has already forged, and I know for sure that it will grow so beautifully.
If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.