Even though I like seeing the progression of pregnancy, I’ve never been a huge fan of most maternity photo shoots. It’s just that most of the results I’ve seen make me uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the same way you feel when you’re forced to sit next to a couple tonguing each other to death on a bus or the subway. Love is nice and all, but come on.
Tasteful-ish nude, husband clutching wife from behind as both stare lovingly at the belly, almost forcing you to BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF OUR PREGNANCY. Not a fan. Of that or of couples lounging in a meadow reveling in the glory of creating life or whatever. Just not my thing. I’m also not big into newborns curled into laundry baskets, so I’m probably going to hell.
However, I finally found a series of pregnancy photos I really dig. They are simple and artistic, natural and not forced — a real testament to the quiet beauty of carrying a baby. The photographer hides her face behind her camera, which, as a viewer, I found relieving. Because the photo isn’t about her or the love she wants us to know she feels for her unborn child, so much as the progression of her pregnancy.
Forget tasteful nudes against a black backdrop, entwined hands etching a heart shape over a burgeoning belly or clever time-lapse videos set to cutesy, hipster music. Sophie Starzenksi’s series, “Proyecto Pyokko,” is my favorite. As she tells The Huffington Post, “Pyokko” is a nickname for her now-3-month-old son, Simon, whom you will see at the end. Check it out.
All photos used with permission from Sophie Starzenksi
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Read more from Monica on Babble:
- So What Is HypnoBirthing, Anyway?
- Pregnancy and Beyond: The 4th Trimester Bodies Project
- 5 Weird But Common Pregnancy Symptoms
- 40-Year-Old Baby Daddy Tells All! The Cold, Hard Truth About Middle-Aged Dads