Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for pretty pictures. Making memories and capturing moments in time is kind of my thing. Of course, I'm no photographer, and my trusty digi-cam has to suffice for day-to-day memory making. But I do appreciate lovely professional photography. I especially love photographers trained in photojournalism, because (to me) there's nothing more beautiful than the "fly on the wall" perspective. Equipped with their training and uber-fab cameras, those photojournalists sure know how to make an average, everyday moment seem like a really big deal.
Before Little Miss arrives, I definitely want maternity photos. Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman's life, and I want to look back on photos of my pregnancy and remember it as such. Plus, how fun is it to gain weight, get a big ol' belly and then show it off in photographs? Super fun.
My dilemma, though, is paying for maternity photos. Pretty pictures aren't cheap, y'all! (And I'm not saying that pretty pictures aren't worth a lot of money; because they're totally worth every penny in my book.)
While hiring a professional photographer for a maternity session would be ideal, it's not the most practical use of our resources right now. We have a lot of big expenses in our near future! Besides, I know that when Baby Girl arrives I will want to spend a small fortune on newborn photos, three month photos, six month photos, nine month photos... well, you get the idea. And, of course, I'd much rather have photos of our baby girl hanging on the walls of our home than pictures of my puffy face and big belly.
So, in the spirit of saving money, I've convinced my sweet husband to play photographer and attempt a DIY maternity photo session. We're armed with our trusty Canon Power Shot SX20IS (whatever that means) and a bunch of inspiration photos I found while perusing the blogosphere. I tried to look for classic photos that we could feasibly recreate on our own. Nothing too artsy fartsy. And nothing naked. (Don't get me wrong; a naked pregnant lady standing in a field is beautiful for some folks. It's just not my style.)
Should be interesting to see how this project turns out. And now that I've told you about it, I guess I'll have to post the results (the good, the bad and the ugly)!
For now, here are some shots that inspire me...