Maternity Self-Portraits | 36 Weeks

I was really conflicted over whether I wanted to do maternity photos.  As a photographer, of course I see the value in having documentation of this phase of life but, at the same time, as a woman it's really bizarre to watch my body go through all these changes.  It doesn't feel like my body anymore -at least, not the one I've grown accustomed to after 30+ years- and I wasn't sure how I felt about having images of this foreign vessel being preserved in pixels.  I am lucky enough to have some wonderful, awesome photographer friends who offered to do a maternity session with me but by the time I finally came around to the idea it felt like it was logistically impossible.  With all the working, moving, and traveling we've been doing over the last eight weeks, I just didn't have time to schedule something.  And then, all of a sudden, I was 36 weeks pregnant and feeling like I needed some photos now before I really regretted it.

I knew I didn't have the energy for a full session so, instead, I grabbed my camera, set up my tripod, and opted for a few selfies.  I shot them on the day I hit 36 weeks, and boy am I glad I did.  Just a few days later, the leg/ankle/foot swelling reached a whole other level that now means I have to wear medical-grade compression socks all day long for the remainder of the pregnancy!  Our freshly painted bedroom walls served as the perfect backdrop and after about half an hour of camera-remote clicking, I had quite a few photos I was pretty pleased with.  Focus is tricky when you're shooting self-portraits but other than that minor detail (who needs in-focus photos anyway?  I kid, I kid...), I'm happy with how they turned out.

Same pose, two ways.  I have to say, I think I like them both, for different reasons.

Have you or would you do maternity photos, too?

(Gray floral dress - Asos | Pink top & Floral cardigan/kimono - Pink Blush Maternity | Tanks and yoga pants - Old Navy)




  1. These are so pretty! Impressive for self portraits! I love the first ones in the floral dress, you look beautiful. You resemble Katharine McPhee in them.

  2. Thank you! I had a hard time finding stuff, too, and always seemed to be in between maternity sizes. Pink Blush Maternity ended up being a great option for me so you might want to check it out. Also, Asos has great maternity dresses and Old Navy was/is my go-to for yoga pants and maternity workout/comfy clothes!

  3. Aw, thank you!! You are too sweet! Katharine McPhee? I'll take it!

  4. Yea i recently discovered Asos maternity. Such cute stuff! Good to know about Pink Blush and Old Navy! Thanks!


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