Back in the day, when Landon and I were Salt Lake living and freshly engaged we got to take photos with his talented cousin Ali from Ali Brown Studios. We planned a vibe we were going for, picked out outfits, then met with her on a Saturday to shoot. Getting those photos back from her made my day/month/life. I don't think I had ever had photos taken of me that I truly liked. We sent our favorite out with our wedding invites and now have small printed out versions hung with twine and clothespins in our room. Now, almost exactly four years later we got to shoot with her again. This time for a maternity shoot with this second growing babe of ours.
We had the option to do a lifestyle family shoot of the 4 of us once this little girl makes her arrival but I am so glad that we took maternity photos. For starters it forced me to buy maternity pants, which needed to happen. [Thank you H&M maternity!] However, learn from me. I went for a flowy top, not wanting to do the typical basic ruched side t-shirt. Looking through photos later I realized how Ali quietly made the angles work so that I didn't look like a blob of a mama. Form fitting to show off the bump is the way to go.
A few things that I look for in photographers is confidence in their work and feedback -- please don't be hesitant mid shoot and make me second guess every thing! Ali was great and reassured us right away that she'd let us know if what we were doing wasn't working. This allowed me to relax and cozy up next to Landon without the fear that she hated how things were looking but was just too nervous to say anything. Of course natural lighting and attractive photos are also up there for me, but maybe that's a given.
If you have the chance to take photos while pregnant, do it! I think there is such power in cultivating the mindset that pregnancy is a journey and a beautiful thing to be experiencing. There's enough articles out there about the woes and cons of carrying a life for 9+ months and I have enough negative voices in my head about body image while pregnant. Getting these photos back totally helped me take a step back from the discomforts and insecurities I've been feeling with each passing week and see this phase of life from a different set of eyes.
A huge shout out to Ali for being that different set of eyes and helping us have a cute afternoon shooting these photos. I'm ready to print out our three favorites and hang them in our 2014 goals frames. Its time for some updated photos in this home.