It’s no secret that I have enjoyed documenting my journey throughout this pregnancy. Be it through Style The Bump weekly posts, at-home photos to note belly progress or moments I’ve shared on instagram, I have in my possession once-in-a-lifetime content which has covered this experience. I knew early on that I wanted this for a few reasons: to share with my daughter and show her how she came to be in this world, to communicate and teach style tips along the way using myself as an example, and to embrace my femininity and the empowering road to motherhood. Pregnancy was a carefully constructed decision for Dina and I and once we conceived I knew I wanted to preserve as much as I could. That said, when Lori Berkowitz, NYC-based photographer reached out and asked to collaborate on a Bumps and Babes x YSS project, I was excited, open and eager to learn more. Slightly hesitant about stripping down for an intimate series of photos, I started to examine how I felt within my changing shape and came to the conclusion that I am more confident and empowered now than I’ve ever been. Extra weight and all. There is something about being pregnant that has helped me to embrace the naturalness of the human body and how beautiful it is. Especially while creating life. Is there anything more empowering than that? I have never felt stronger, more connected and rooted in my physical form. If there was ever a time to capture a moment, that moment is now.
So I agreed, and Lori and I had a photo session and simultaneously created the below video where I described what this experience has been like for me. It’s a whole new visual perspective of myself. And one that I will never be able to re-do. This babe and I are joined together for a limited time only, and while 9 months seems like a long stretch, this moment has moved fast. I am so grateful to have documented this journey and I will cherish these photos for the rest of my life.
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With all this said, Lori officially launches Bumps and Babes TODAY! You can choose from her “Bump Love Package” which includes 6 private photo sessions of either your bump or babe (or both!), with 6 custom albums, prints, an online gallery and more! Or choose an individual session. Lori was an absolute joy to work with, and while her level of professionalism was on point, her soft and inviting nature kept me at ease in front of the lens. Be sure to head over to her site to check out the details and book your appointment now! As an add-on to the Bumps and Babes maternity session, my styling services are available as well. This is not included in the package, but contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details. I can be there to help you plan, get ready and ensure you not only look and feel you best, but show up as your full and authentic self. I can’t think of a better opportunity to be ‘naked’.
photos via lori berkowitz