I was always someone who was a little skeptical of maternity photos for myself. I wasn’t sure if I would feel comfortable taking them or if that I would feel they were important. There was always a part of me that worried I wouldn’t be confident in my growing and changing body enough to dedicate a whole photo session to that time. And well, I could not have been more WRONG. I have struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember, but pregnancy has actually made me feel the most confident I have EVER felt. Watching my body change in a way that is quite literally creating and giving life has been nothing short of a miracle to me. This year has been clearly been pretty dark, but having this little life inside of me has been the greatest LIGHT among it all. Seeing my belly grow each week before my eyes, and feeling this little life inside of me kicking, moving, and hiccuping are some of the sweetest memories that I never want to forget. Especially going through all of this for the very first time! It’s like a whole new world of discovery every single day.
It has been really difficult going through this pregnancy amidst a pandemic and not having Jordan there with me for all of the milestone appointments. I never would’ve imagined our first pregnancy looking this way. I know God gave US this gift and therefore the strength to get through it all too. But because of this, I think these photos were extra special to me. I can’t believe that in just a few short weeks, the couple that I see in these pictures will be PARENTS! I know Jordan is going to make the most incredible daddy in the world and I’m getting more and more excited to meet our baby and to watch him step into that role.
I’m so very grateful to my dear friend, Becca, for making these photos happen for us. She came all the way from Raleigh to shoot this session for us and words cannot describe how much that meant to us! I never thought looking at a gallery would make me so emotional. The last time I had a gallery delivered that made me cry was from our wedding day…and that really doesn’t even feel like it was that long ago! But seeing these images of me, my husband, and our soon to be baby boy, it hit me in a whole new way. We will cherish these for a lifetime.