This dress was graciously gifted to me by Pink Blush and my opinions are my own!
Welcome to Motherhood - My Way
I'm not your typical mom. I had my oldest daughter at 17 and my second at 21. Life has handed me quite a few lemons 🍋🍋🍋 but I'm determined to make lemonade. I'm learning ways to raise two amazing young ladies and I love it. Surprise, what would life be if we didn’t have a few unexpected turns. Now I have a handsome son that has joined our chaotic crew. Everyday isn't pretty. There are tears and I mean real tears...those ugly cries. My goal is to be as transparent as possible. I want to share what I wish someone would have told me about motherhood.
I will also highlight other moms that rock. I know my story isn't like everyone else's but I want to reach a board audience of women so that we can share, grow, and connect!!!
Yay, you're pregnant and like the millions of other women out there you've looked at maternity photos. You can't help it! It's contagious. I'm sure you've searched cute bump photos on Instagram and you're just not sure if you want to do it.
If you're looking for that push or voice of reason, it's me! Do it! I had photos taken with my oldest but not my now middle child and I regret not doing so. You don't have to spend a lot of money. If you can't afford a high-end photographer go to your local Sears or Picture People.
So here are my 3 reasons I'm taking maternity photos!
1. I will only pregnant ONCE with this baby.
We've all heard what people say "the first baby gets everything" and omg, it's true. I did everything with my first child. We have to remember each child is special and they deserve their moment. When they look back in the photo books they want to see what you looked like pregnant with them.
2. I'm embracing this new body.
This is baby #3 for me and you can imagine the changes that your body goes through when you're pregnant. Most women shy away from the camera but I want to be in front. I plan to show my belly instead of hiding it. Yep, I have stretch marks and all and I don't mind showing them.
3. I want to!
It's really that simple. I don't have some philosophical speech about why I'm doing it, I just really want to. I'm in a different place in my life and I would love to document it. I was pregnant at 16, 21, and now 27. I am not the same and that should be showcased!
Are you considering it? What's holding you back?.
Don't think you can afford it? We all know someone who takes good photos or wants to be an photographer. Be their muse and worst case senerio you'll still have a cute pic.
I know the struggle can be real and with all of the fabulousness of maternity photos these days you want these images to be perfect and what a better way to do that than to start with the basics! Dress comes first - they are easy and most likely you're going to be taking these photos somewhere between 25-35 weeks so you will start feeling some discomfort. Make it easy on yourself!
Let me show you my top 5 picks for dresses!!! I hope I have something for everyone if given the chance to do this again I'm opting to bare my belly! I have never had a maternity photoshoot before. Well, I took some photos with my first but they were NOTHING to brag about.
Keep an open mind and remember any maxi dress can be turned maternity if it has the right hem...above the belly. So you can get a 2 for 1 deal there!
5. Maxi Dresses
Double Duty - These can be worn at your baby shower, gender reveal, or photo shoot. This is if you don't want to want to do the formal type of dress. This dress comes in 5 colors: navy, black, olive, pink and red wine!
Have you taken maternity photos before? Do you plan on it? Try something cute and sassy for next shoot and be sure to let me know what you wore!