Some may say that pregnancy is a rather scary aesthetic ordeal as major changes take place in the woman’s body.
The common laments would be that “I’m just too fat”, “I’ve developed thunder arms and thighs”, “I won’t look good being this bloated” and so forth. These are just some of the reasons that a handful of pregnant mummies develop a resistance to being photographed.
Well, the above was exactly what I experienced when I brought up the subject of doing a maternity photo-shoot for my wife. I must say that she didn’t really liked how she looked at all due to water retention she’s experiencing late into her pregnancy.
So as her husband, I constantly reassured my wife that she is beautiful in every way and that I truly thank her for going through all that hardship in carrying this little wonderful bundle of joy for the whole 9 months. Although I cannot help her carry the baby or bear the pain of child birth, the least I could do is to create everlasting memories of her during this phase of life. It is also my way of encapsulating her beauty during pregnancy.
So eventually she agreed to it and here are some of the photos of my lovely wife during her pregnancy.
A couple of days after the shoot, I had to ask my wife the following questions: -
Qns 1. How did you feel when I told you that I’d like to do a maternity shoot for you?
Reply: Totally reluctant as I do not like to be photographed (even more so after all the weight gain) and I was not confident in front of the camera.
Qns 2. How did you feel when you’re doing the shoot?
Reply: There were some "back-breaking" moment as I was already heavily pregnant but there were fun moments too! I was especially excited to take the foodie photo because I get to eat some of my favourite food after the photo was taken. Overall it is an enjoyable session in the comfort of an air-conditioned studio.
Qns 3. How did you feel after you’ve seen the photos?
Reply: Lightings were perfect, photos came out really nice. Anyway my hubby knows how fussy i am and he managed to do an excellent job.
Qns 4. Do you have an advise you’d like to give to people who are thinking of getting their bump edition photos taken?
Reply: I would highly recommend doing an outdoor shoot if time permits. I personally chose to have my shoot in the studio because I know I would not be able to bear with the heat and still smile / look good in front of the camera. As for the tummy, week 33 - 35 seems to be the "right" size - Anything later, the tummy might look really big in photos. I felt my week 36 tummy is slightly “overwhelming” in size. Lastly, it is inevitable that our bodies will change but be confident - Do a maternity shoot, enjoy yourself and let the photographer do the rest.
Qns 5. For those mummies who are reluctant to get their maternity shoot done, what would you advise them?
Reply: Every mummies-to-be is different and every pregnancy is different too - Having a maternity shoot helps capture those beautiful memories of having that little life inside of you.
Lastly, communicate with your photographer on the concepts you'd love to have in your maternity series. That'll give the photographer time to conceptualise the idea to get you exactly what you need.
Here are 2 of my wife's 'Must-Have' photos during her maternity shoot: - the Classic Pose with Flower Petals and the Favourite Food During Pregnancy picture.