It isn’t always easy to see yourself as others see you. Being a photographer gives me the special priveledge to help people see that the beauty on the outside is just as beautiful as the beauty within. When I first asked Amy to participate in my maternity project she was a little reluctant. I assured her if she did not like any of the images after the session that I wouldn’t post them. I am so glad I was able to help Amy see how beautiful she is! Luckily she liked them as much as I did!
It was a pleasure spending the morning photographing Amy. She is so sweet! It was really nice getting to know her. Amy is a wife, mother of two boys and a puppy, owner of the Creative Clubhouse “a cozy spot in the heart of Havertown where children are encouraged to explore, create and learn” and soon to be blessed with a little girl! Here is what she had to say about feeling beautiful during pregnancy.
What were your first thoughts when you saw the images?
I was overwhelmed to see how I really “look” being pregnant. We always think that we have a pretty good idea depending on the mirror, the scale and how we are feeling. You made me look much better than I thought that I looked!
What has been your biggest struggle with how you feel during your pregnancy?
I have had three fabulous pregnancies. I love being pregnant and usually embrace every little twinge of pain with each baby kick.:-) Having had my first child almost eight years ago, I feel the my biggest struggle has been feeling older, less energetic, and definitely less athletic.
Do you struggle to feel confident with your new body?
Not at first. I feel like I do handle pregnancy quite well, and embrace the whole “glow”. I have never had to struggle with typical pregnancy symptoms, which makes it quite easy to enjoy and feel good. However, as I become much bigger and my clothes do not fit, there definitely becomes a feeling of frustration. The weather also begins to change, making me feel frumpy in big clothing. This obviously makes confidence quite challenging. A few great scarves and a nice haircut works though!
What have you enjoyed most with the changes of your body?
I love the idea that I am carrying a life. That at this point in my body there are two hearts beating, and blood traveling between us. Her little kicks and hiccups remind me even in the busiest moments how special it is to be a female and how fabulous our bodies really are.
Having two older children, I appreciate even more how being pregnant is the start to a lifelong and very special bond.
Is capturing your pregnant self-important to you?
In the moment, I often have thought that I did not need a picture of myself being pregnant. Like any mother would know, it seems that although people see us through the process, no one person can understand how it actually feels to be pregnant with your own child. I have regretted not getting pictures during my past two pregnancies and am happy that I was able participate in this photo shoot with Tina. I also think that it is special that I have these photos to commemorate not only my last pregnancy but also my only daughter.