Sometimes life doesn't go as planned, especially when it involves scheduling a maternity boudoir with a very pregnant woman! Emily of Emily Jane Photography had to think fast on her feet when her client Maralina was suddenly put on bed rest just before their planned maternity boudoir session. But you’d never know from looking at these gorgeous images that they were part of a backup plan -- instead they show the beauty of pregnancy and the vibrancy of this growing family. Emily and Maralina were both kind enough to share their thoughts on the session with us.
When I walked it I was immediately excited about all of the natural light that lit her beautiful home. Instead of having her pose in all different places in her home I opted for just a simple white bed with a nearby window illuminating the room. We had her little girl snuggle with her momma for a little bit of the session then we focused on Marialina and her gorgeous belly!
The word of the day was glowing. Marialina was glowing with beauty. The room was glowing in glorious light. And her little one was glowing with excitement. I knew when Marialina was standing by the window looking down at her growing belly that it was "THE SHOT". Everything was perfect and the stars aligned. The second most memorable moment was when her daughter was with her. Kids are so much fun. They are so full of joy and so pure. But it's even more special when a big sister is kissing her mama’s belly to give her little brother a kiss.
Initially I had no intentions on doing a boudoir session. The thought of a boudoir photoshoot while pregnant wasn't appealing to me. When I came across Emily Jane's website and viewed her portfolio, I changed my mind. She has a way of making everyone look beautiful in their photos. I just wanted to be able to look back at my photos and remember what a special time that pregnancy was.
When Emily arrived to my home, I wasn't ready at all; my makeup wasn't done, my daughters hair wasn't finished, our room wasn't made up. All I kept thinking was how horrible I was going to look because I had gained so much weight. Emily came in and said, "Don't worry about it". She proceeded to make up my bed while I got myself and my daughter ready. She constantly complimented me and reassured me that I was beautiful. She was my day maker.
I learned from this session that it's ok for others to help me. I don't always have to have it together. Everything doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. So what if you didn't lose those extra 5 lbs or that your breasts aren't perfect. Beauty shines from the inside out.
Photography: Emily Jane Photography