I know the words maternity and shoot probably give you the creeps, right? Those super posy, super bright studio shots, preferably with the parents to be wearing a black and white outfit? Yeah, you know what I mean. That’s also why we never really considered doing a pregnancy shoot. We just thought it wasn’t for us. Mostly because I’m the worst at standing in front of a camera with all my awkwardness, especially in a brightly lit studio.
But then we saw some beautiful pictures of a pregnancy shoot by the super talented Silvia Falcomer and we knew we wanted her to photograph us with my baby bump. Silvia’s photos are soft and romantic, with a timeless vibe, and you can tell she’s an excellent storyteller by her documenting style. And while I still had my doubts, mostly because of my own insecurities, the husband pushed me to contact her and book a session. And you know what? He was absolutely right to do so. Yes honey, I said it: you were right.
We spent an amazing (early) Sunday morning with Silvia on the canals around our house. The streets were calm and the light was soft. Those are the best Amsterdam moments. We even recreated our favorite shot from our wedding shoot two years ago (see more wedding photos here).
Silvia is so pleasant to work with and she really helps you to relax and be yourself in front of the camera. We also got to take some photos inside our home, which I love because we’re selling our amazing apartment next year and now we have some wonderful memories. We even tried to get Polly in on the fun but, as always, she was all over the place and couldn’t really embody her inner model :).
Oh and in case you missed my recent rant on Instagram about how it amazes me that a pregnant woman’s body seems to give people the right to comment on her changing and growing body, I’ll share it here as well. Yes, it’s that important to me :).
Today during yoga we talked about how people seem to think that it’s okay to comment on a pregnant woman’s growing body. Like the fact that you’re getting bigger is that one big topic. And to be honest, this has been bugging me for a while. I really don’t understand why the fact that a woman is pregnant gives people the right to comment on her changing body. Personally I can handle all the inappropriate comments and jokes about the size of my bump, my big butt, my wagging walk, or my thick thighs, simply because I know how amazing it is that my body is making a human. Actually creating new life. And it’s going through all those changes to make sure our little baby is growing healthy and strong. I’ve never felt more proud and confident of this beautiful big body. I feel super strong and I can still do 60kg single leg presses and 20kg lateral pull downs. That’s right. So make all the remarks you want, I couldn’t care less. If you’ve never experienced pregnancy you simply don’t realize how magical this transformation is. But let me ask you this, would you like it if somebody comments on your growing body, asks about your weight, tells you if you can wear a bathing suit or not, or wonders if you should even consider having a picture taken of your belly? Yeah, I don’t think so. Please think about that the next time you feel the need to say something about a pregnant woman’s body. So here you have it, my big naked baby bump. And I’m damn proud of it.
I honestly cannot recommend Silvia enough for a pregnancy shoot – or any photoshoot for that matter! Definitely follow her on Instagram (@soakuptheworld) to see more of her magic, and if you have a wedding or a baby coming up contact her as soon as possible. This lady is very popular!
All photos in this post are by Silvia Falcomer. They are not to be used without prior written consent from both her and myself.