I was lucky enough to have one of my closest friends capture some images of me and the belly recently, and we were featured today on 100 Layer Cakelet.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite images here with you – and to tell you that if you’re pregnant, and you’re thinking about doing a maternity shoot, I really think you should go for it. I didn’t with Olive – and the more I think about it, the more I really regret that decision. Sure, it was because it was my first go around and I was super self conscious. Yes, it was also because I was riddled with acne, PUPPPs, and a general lack of confidence the first time around as well. But I think the biggest factor that prevented me from documenting my first pregnancy was because I was really grappling with the huge change that was before me, and when I looked in the mirror, I felt more nervous than I did proud. I felt more scared than I did beautiful.
I’ve had a few years to get used to this Motherhood thing now. I’ve found somewhat of a balance and a peace within – of the person I was B.C. (Before Child) that I had to let go of, and the new person I’ve become. And this time around, I feel like I’m in a place in my life where I’m ready to welcome this change without going crazy about what my life spiraling out of control. I’m happy, and I wanted to document that.
Working with Sadaf was wonderful. I think that because she suggested that we did this shoot in my home, I was able to really feel comfortable and in my element in front of the camera. Thank you so much Sadaf for being there and making me feel so at peace.
Pregnancy isn’t always comfortable, or only filled with sweet moments. But if you’re able to sit still and enjoy it for even just a second – please do. Because it goes by so fast.