I don’t have many photos of when I was pregnant with Lara and it’s probably one of my biggest regrets. I decided early on in this pregnancy that we would remedy the situation this time around and I always planned on a pregnancy shoot with Lara and Vid.
We were actually planning on doing a shoot back home in April but Lara had a little mishap with her scooter earlier in the week, which ended up bruising her cute little nose quite a bit so we decided against it and just said we’ll do a shoot with the baby later on. Still we said, we’ll take a few photos by ourselves just to properly document the situation and so on a random evening last week we decided on a little impromptu photo shoot on our terrace. And by impromptu I mean exactly that. No make up, just the evening light and the four of us …
I also have to admit, that it was a bit difficult for me to completely embrace the whole natural aspect of the photos. I wanted to be completely barefaced and natural whether we did a professional shoot or not because it kind of ties in with the beauty of pregnancy for me. Nine months of carrying a child changes you both physically and mentally and this pregnancy has definitely changed my body a bit more than the first one, which I also think was to be expected. I am very grateful for these changes because they mean I’ve been given the chance to experience this gift, which is hands down the best thing that has ever happened to me.
That said I still have my “vain” days, when I’m not entirely sure what to do with my newly acquired hormonal freckles and my seriously popped belly button, or the scar that I’ve got left from my “wild” teenage belly piercing (It’s official, belly piercings are THE WORST idea of all time!), but on days like these I try to remind myself that it’s all a journey and part of being a woman and mother, AND a part of who I am. And that’s pretty great.
Still, Lara do you hear me: ” Belly piercings: THE WORST idea of all time!!!!” 🙂
Anyhow, here are the results, I think my bearded dude did a pretty amazing job!
P.S Check out this inspiring series by photographer Jade Beall called Bodies Of Mothers: A Beautiful Body Project. It’s truly worth checking out! More info here.