Congratulations to Maggie on the birth of her baby! On February 19th, Maggie and her husband welcomed their sweet baby boy, Theo, into the world! Maggie and Theo are both happy and healthy, and judging by the big smiles on both their faces today, they are both settling into their new lives quite well.
I’m so happy for Maggie, and so happy that she finally gets to hold this little guy, who she couldn’t wait to meet for the last 9 months. Maggie is currently enjoying her much deserved maternity leave, but we’re looking forward to welcoming her back in May. We’re also looking forward to spending some quality time on the job with this little nugget.
Revealed Studios’ Owner on Pregnancy Photos and more…
I’ve kept this pretty under wraps on the blog till now, but with four weeks left, I thought it was time to share the news. I’m pregnant 🙂 Here’s a little more about my pregnancy journey and the changes to come.
Thoughts on pregnancy
Sigh, where to begin…pregnancy is an easy thing to feel consumed by. For nine months, your daily routines are rearranged. You’re suddenly eating, sleeping, and moving differently as you serve as a vessel for a whole other being. It’s a wild and, at times, challenging experience. You find yourself repeating to yourself, “it’s worth it,” each time you get an elbow to your rib or a sneeze that makes you tinkle. It’s not that bad (really, it’s not), but there are definitely times when you want to take a time out. Sometimes I catch myself fantasizing about being able to just unstrap my belly and instantly go back to normal.
Documenting this moment with pregnancy photos
Earlier this month, when I was feeling the most spent, I asked our amazing studio manager and dear friend Kelly to snap some pictures for me. While Kel is a rock star studio manager, shooting on a professional camera is new to her. I had full faith that I could set her up with my gear to snap a few images to have as keepsakes. She blew me away! I ended up with waaaay more pictures than I imagined (looks like someone on her way to associate shooter ;)).
This spontaneous maternity session was a wonderful reprieve from the sense of challenge I was feeling. It was a perfect reminder how powerful your perspective can be. The session helped me to shift my focus, to relish in the magical transformation that was happening. It was a chance to celebrate this time in my life and recognize the purpose behind the discomfort.
It’s silly, considering I see the power of photography on a regular basis with our clients, but I was moved more than I expected. I felt proud looking at the transformation in my body, wider-growing hips and all. I’m so happy I asked Kel to take these pictures for me, and now feel like I understand even more how therapeutic a great photo shoot can be.
How this all illuminated my understanding for our work
This experience only further confirms my deep love and passion for what we do at Revealed. Whether it’s boudoir or beauty portraiture, I feel like I’m living my fullest truth when helping women feel more comfortable in their own skin. I’ve learned so much through this pregnancy. I won’t share it all now (I’ve already written a novel), but one thing my amazing doula has taught me about is the shame that too many women feel about their birth stories, whether self-inflicted or as a result of other people’s words. We’ve talked a lot these last five weeks about how hard we women can be on each other and ourselves. My deepest wish is for Revealed to be a sacred place for women to feel comfortable and encouraged.
On leave for a bit…
In February I’ll be stepping away from shooting to prep for labor, then (God-willing!) welcome our little guy home. But fear not! Studio operations will continue while I’m out. Kelly will be the point-person for Revealed. Like I said earlier, she’s a total rock star and will take good care of all clients. I’m sooooo lucky to have an incredibly talented and lovely sister-in-law Maria Ponce who will be shooting in my stead, as well as the wonderful Elizabeth Nord. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside both women, and can say with full confidence that they’ll take amazing care of anyone they’re shooting, both through their talent and personalities.
If you’re thinking of booking a session, please check out their work: Maria Ponce and Elizabeth Nord. I’m planning to be back in action by mid-April or early May (motherhood is all new to me, so I’m staying flexible at this point).
Thank you to all our followers for their love and support. I so appreciate your positive energy and can’t wait to introduce you all to BP (Baby Ponce as we like to call him!)
Maternity Shoot Inspiration Galore in this Urban Session
It was such a pleasure to meet Vidya and her husband, Sameer for their maternity shoot a couple weeks ago. They were so delightful and kind. Petite, adorable Vidya is pregnant with twins. Hard to believe there’s room for both in there. She was such a trooper during her session, even rocking a killer pair of Jimmy Choo’s that were totally swoon worthy. We had a great time taking urban shots around the city and in their home. Their twins, who will no doubt be super adorable, have amazing parents ready for them when they make their arrival.
We had such a nice time taking the beautiful and glowing Andreea’s maternity photos . We first sent her over to makeup artist Heather Massa, who happened to also be pregnant. The two immediately bonded while Heather enhanced her natural beauty.
It feels very special photographing maternity sessions, particularly for first time mothers like Andreea. The sessions can feel very intimate between mama and unborn baby, so to be invited in and allowed to document these moments is a big honor. Thank you Andreea for trusting us. We can’t wait to meet your new joy.
I’m so happy for my darling friend Kimi, who came by the studio for a maternity photography session. She is expecting her first child any minute now! It’s been amazing to watch Kimi these past two years, as she fell in love and married her sweet husband, Mike, and is now about to become a mother. She’s one of the kindest and most giving people I know, and she’s going to make an amazing mother.
There are so many things we love about our work at Revealed Studios, but what we enjoy most of all is celebrating the many sides of our female clients!
During a boudoir session we get to capture the sassy and sexy side, that often leaves our clients walking taller and feeling more confident.
There’s something special about Maternity Photography Sessions
Needless to say, a maternity session is a bit different than a boudoir session. Yes, it still includes hair and makeup, and you very well feel more confident, but the intention is to relish your very feminine side; the part of you that creates and nurtures new life. For many women, this happens but a few rare times, and it is for that reason we feel these pictures are very special. They are glimpses into your past for your children, they are memories of a time when your body transformed so completely, they’re you at what may be the most vulnerable and powerful point in your life, and for that they are a gems.
For some, the idea of having pictures taken when your body feels like it’s changing every second of the day, growing bigger and bigger doesn’t seem too appealing. Cindy was amongst the many who felt that way before her session. After she saw the pictures she wrote, “I LOVE these photos!! I was a bit worried I would feel awkward, at 8 months pregnant, by myself, in front of the camera – but you made me feel totally comfortable and confident, and that really shows in the photos. I hadn’t thought to get maternity photos taken, but I’m so happy that I did – I’ll only have a first pregnancy once in my life, and you’ve helped me memorialize this joyous time. It sounds cheesy, but I will treasure these photos forever!”
It’s such a joy to be able to capture this moment for our clients! We hope every women will take the opportunity to celebrate and document this incredible experience!
Our maternity sessions are $199, which includes hair, makeup, and a 1-hour experience. Interested in celebrating your pregnancy and creating cherished documents of this time? Call 773-273-9063 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When your back hurts and you feel like your carrying a bowling ball, doing a maternity session is great reprieve from the less glamorous aspects of pregnancy. The maternity photo shoot below was a special joy for me to shoot because the client is my dear cousin Liz. I loved the chance to celebrate this lovely lady and show her just how beautiful she is as a mom-to-be.
We had such a ball with her maternity session, talking about potential names for her baby girl and how excited we are that she and my sister will be able to raise their two girls, mere months apart, together, continuing the closeness between us all. Liz is going to be an incredible mother, I know, because she’s been such a great role model to me over the years. From our early moments when she showed me how to hold a curling iron to get the best curl as a little girl (she always had the BEST hair) to career and relationship advice. I cherish the monthly dinner dates with Liz, and can’t wait for the new addition joining us a the table. I can’t wait to meet you baby Burke!