Here's the thing. I'm a photographer, but it doesn't necessarily mean I have really good photos of myself. Unless I go out of the way to get my photos done by someone else... the truth is I end up often with other people's "snaps" of me. If I'm lucky, because I tend to duck out of the way when I'm not the one taking the photo's. But that's a whole new blog post!!! I have four children, and there are a couple of things that I really wished I had done. I wish I had nice maternity pics, and I really would have loved to have known about and had, a birth photographer. Not because I think I looked amazing in childbirth... ha ha far from it. But my children are the most important thing in the world to me. When I had my first child nearly 25 years ago (seriously is it that many years?) I really did feel as though the universe itself had shifted. It was such a life changing moment, the second she was born. And I've felt like that with my following three other children. I would love to be able to recapture that moment again visually. But alas I can't... I have a couple of preggie pics, and the only one I had of myself with my oldest son has been lost. I think about that a lot, and it kind of makes me really sad.
I'm going to put myself out there and show you a photo of my pregnant self. It was "snapped". I went into labour the very next morning, and 24 hours after this photo was taken I was holding my daughter. Its not a great photo. I look a mess to be honest... What was I thinking wearing black pants and a singlet? I look like I'm wearing a figure hugging onsie!!! I wasn't doing photography as a business then, and even though I've always been "into" photos in a big way, I didn't even think of getting maternity shots done, never mind having the birth photographed. I wish I had taken the time... I wish I had known a photographer or found a photographer...
If you are thinking of getting some nice maternity photo's, please give it some serious thought. If you are thinking of having a photographer at your birth please give that some serious thought too, because as time fades so do aspects of your pregnancy and birth experience, and they get harder to bring to mind. I will leave you with a little comparison. A maternity session done a couple of weeks ago, and my "maternity" session done 12 and a half years before. Just please don't laugh at my onsie!!!!
I believe in working with you to create images you will love, and cherish, because "It's all about you!"