I don't have any photos of my mum when she was pregnant with me and I think I've only ever seen two of her when she was pregnant with my brother. It wasn't really the done thing back then and the maternity clothes were shit (think old curtains or pillows turned into something resembling a potato sack and then if you're lucky add an embroidered flower). I'm guessing she just didn't want to have to look back on the "fashion" of the day and think why the hell did I ever wear that? In the past few years though maternity shoots have become trendy and now it seems they are the done thing, rather than the exception. Thankfully maternity clothes have come a long way too.
I always knew I wanted to have lots of baby bump photos if I was ever lucky enough to get pregnant. After years of trying and not knowing if it was ever going to happen I always thought I would want to document every day of my journey. I haven't been crazy enough to take a photo every day, but on average every week or so I take a new photo. My photos, however are very dodgy (at least until they are edited in instagram then they become kind of ok thanks to cropping and filters). Its hard to take a perfect photo of myself with one hand in front of a mirror whilst trying to get my head and bump in it and look perfect, and avoid capturing the messy room in the background. I didn't want these few random photos I took to be my only photographic evidence of my pregnancy, so I needed (ok wanted) a professional photographer to make sure I have some nice photos to look back on. Thankfully one of my old primary school friends now happens to run her own photography business Katharine Jarvie Photography.
I love photos that are not too posed, but not entirely candid (if that makes sense) and Katharine is really good at capturing images like this. I also love photos that are zoomed in or cropped at what seems to be a random angle, it gives a whole other dimension to the photo. Katharine was the perfect fit for me, not only because she is my friend but because her style of images are exactly what I wanted. Her photos are very natural and intimate and to top it off one of her specialities is maternity shoots. I think its really important to find a photographer that you trust as it makes you more comfortable when taking the photos. I know I definitely don't like getting my photo taken and I get this weird expression on my face when I am forced to pose or smile (like my face somehow tells you through the camera that I am really uncomfortable and cant wait for it to be over). Thankfully we got a lot of photos where I don't look like that. So, where are these photos? I hear you all screaming at me through the computer.
I have managed to successfully hide pregnancy photos from my blog for 31 weeks now, but here goes nothing..... Here's a small peek at our photo shoot. I'm still too shy to share many with my face in them though. Hopefully I wont look back on them with horror in 20 years time and think oh my god what was I thinking wearing skinny jeans while pregnant - especially now they're on the internet.
|Its really there, I have a bump!|
|And it shrinks significantly when I lay down|
|Showing bubba some love|
|No stretch marks! (...yet)|
|I cant believe that little person is inside me|
If I look a bit small in the photos its because they were taken when I was only 25 weeks. Rest assured I have continued to grow and now resemble a whale (or at least someone who has swallowed a large inflated beach ball). T and I are so happy with these photos that we are going to use Katharine for our newborn shoots once little miss makes her appearance. She also does portrait, family, weddings and couple photos too. If you are pregnant, have a special occasion coming up or just want some professional photos done then I urge you to take a look through her Facebook page and show her some love because her photos really are fantastic.
|Some of Katharine's other photos|
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