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Classy Maternity Photographs: They DO Exist!

I feel like I’m in the home stretch.  Only 7 weeks to go until my due date… but only 4 weeks until I’m ‘full term.’  Life is going to change, and it’s gonna change SOON!

I officially feel every inch of 8 months pregnant.  I waddle.  I could go to sleep at any moment, in any location.  The Husband actually has to give me a push so I can roll out of bed.  My sciatic nerve is killing me.  Walking up our steep driveway leaves me out of the breath.  Yup.  I’m definitely pregnant.  I’m still trying to stay active, though my original goal of exercising 3 times a week has been very helpful in keeping me motivated.  Although my workouts are getting shorter and slower, I’m keeping up with my promise!  Whoo-hoo. 

Here’s what my baby is up to at 33 weeks: “Your baby is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week), and she could grow up to another full inch this week. With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out, which explains why some of her pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days. (There’s less fluid to cushion the blows.) Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as she continues to develop her own fetal immune system, which will come in handy once she’s outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs.” (Source)

So lately, we’ve been discussing all sorts of serious topics on Healthy Tipping Point:

I thought it would be nice to lighten it up this week and talk about something less heavy: maternity photographs!

When I told my mother that we were doing maternity and newborn photographs, she was a little confused. “Maternity photos?” she asked. “What are those? Do you get naked?!”  Granted, maternity photographs are not a pregnancy necessity in any way, but I was really looking forward to getting them done.  I wanted to capture Kristien and I at this very pivotal moment in our lives right before two (well, four, counting the furkids) become three (or five).  As awesome as I am at using the self-timer, when you get family photographs taken by a true professional, it shows.

Our friend Jen Fagan, the photographer at New Shoe Photography, took our maternity photos (disclosure: we arranged to do a services swap).  Jen asked me what type of photographs we wanted, and I struggled to respond.  I can photograph food (and dogs!) but I’m always at a loss for creative shots of people.  I knew I wanted non-cheesy photos of us in our home for our album, but I also knew that I wanted photos that were more ‘look at us amongst this pretty scenery’ to hang up on walls.  How to exactly make that work, I wasn’t sure.

I started to browse Pinterest so I could show Jen examples of what I liked, but I found it easier to find examples of what I did not want.  For example…

To read my personal list of maternity no-no’s and see how our maternity photographs turned out, head over to my 33 Week Update on Healthy Tipping Point.

To read more from Caitlin on Babble, click here.

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