|Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.|
I just wanted to take a moment to share a few of my maternity photos that were taken by my sweet husband this past weekend. In the beginning I went back and forth about whether I wanted to bother with a session like this at all. It just seemed unnecessary. But the more I experienced pregnancy and the more my body changed through-out this past nine months ... the more I realized what a special and fleeting time pregnancy really is. A lot of women have good, bad, and ugly experiences but I have to be honest and say that for me it has been really wonderful. I've been healthy, active, and able to keep up with myself for the most part.
I think maternity sessions are special because they celebrate and honor womens' bodies. It's not always easy to feel beautiful during pregnancy. When I photographed pregnant women before I didn't really understand that but now I do! Doing a maternity session was important for me because it really encouraged me to get over my insecurities and realize that my body, despite all the crazy changes and feelings, is doing something really incredible. Nothing deserves to be celebrated more than life, health, change, and beauty.
I orginally planned to have professional images done with Olivia Wood but life got in the way and we had to reschedule and cancel several times. Once I realized it just wasn't going to work out Nick agreed to take on the hefty task of carrying all my equipment around in the woods and putting up with me complaining about the heat and the walking ... and also putting up with me bossing him around about where to stand, how to frame, which lens to use, etc. He is such a good sport and has been an incredible partner and support system for me through this not-so-little pregnant adventure. It's only proven further that he is going to make the best daddy there ever was. But I am sure I will be bragging more on his daddy skills in just a few weeks and you'll get to hear all about that. Until then ... here's a chance for me to brag on his photo-taking skills ... enjoy: