If things had been different, I would have loved the maternity shoot to be over and done with in the second trimester of my pregnancy. It was during that time when I had never felt so good and my annoying zits and acne suddenly stopped showing up. Like most pregnant women, second trimester was the best time! I was big enough to “look” pregnant but not too big to feel uncomfortable. My tummy was nicely growing bigger which would have been perfect at that stage for a Maternity Shoot.
However, we were confronted with life’s issues and challenges; we were left with very little choice so we had to do what we ought to do. When we slowly settled in, that’s when we realized we had not even prepared much about things for our little Sweetheart.
For a first time Mum-to-be, I have always wanted to document our little angel in my tummy which we decided to name Jamie by the way, regardless of gender (a separate blogpost on this later). Though a Maternity Shoot is not a necessity, I have always believed that photographs are the best keepsake I could ever have with my first pregnancy. And like any other “firsts” in ones life, it is always worth capturing and remembering forever.
With that in mind, it was only when our little sweetheart Jamie turned 28 weeks and I began to feel the baby kicks with greater frequency and intensity that the feeling became so real to me. I have truly embraced this pregnancy! That’s when I felt the need to organize things for the shoot.
We felt very lucky and blessed that suppliers came in handy. Our hearts are truly overflowing with gratitude and appreciation to these amazing people for making the Maternity Shoot possible:
Her generosity and kindness is outstanding. She went out of her way to accompany me two weeks before the shoot to look for outfits that would fit the preggy me. I have been in deep dilemma on finding the perfect size of clothes and shoes. Nothing seems to fit me right! Having someone around to shop made it so much easier. Not only did she spent time with me but she also insisted on paying for the boho dress- that is simply generosity at its best! She also volunteered to repair the knitted green top so it wouldn’t hang loose on my arms. She did the sewing by hand. Her act of kindness is sincerely appreciated!
She is my bridesmaid who performed the role of a Maid of Honor in our wedding. She volunteered to do my hair and make-up for the shoot to spare us from paying someone heftily. She definitely saved our day! She painstakingly took time to perform a trial make-up a day before the shoot. She did a marvelous job!
She was assisted by her Sis-in-Law, Susie. I couldn’t be anymore grateful to these lovelies for giving me enough confidence to smile for the camera despite feeling ugly and fat at 31 weeks.
DECORS AND MOTIFS
The proprietress of Decors and Motifs, Sis Maureen, is a personal friend with a big heart. I was over the moon when she happily expressed that she is gonna style the shoot’s backdrop with a Vintage Garden High Tea setup. I thought that was it. But like the wonderful person that she is, she also provided the floral crown using the finest range of silk flowers for my Boho outfit and the silk bouquet of flowers for the Vintage outfit. She went above and beyond in helping us do the shoot in style! Not only was the indoor shoot done at the showroom in the comfort of her own beautiful home, but she also allowed us to use parts of her house for the shoot. What a beautiful person she is! I am simply lost for words for all the help she has been extending to us!
MICHAEL BILLANES PHOTOGRAPHY
I am personally impressed by Bro. Michaael’s portfolio. I can never thank him enough for his time, patience, and for unselfishly sharing his gift. Admittedly, I was his first in his Maternity portfolio but no one would have an inkling it’s his first time to capture a bump of a pregnant woman. He did the job masterfully!
I have to commend him for always being there for me. Despite the stress and drama brought about by my “pregnant brain” (haha!), he made himself available and was always ready to smile for the camera when his presence was needed. I love him even more not only for being my official driver by default to and from our shoot locations, but also for helping me out in everything especially in the midst of all my discomforts, aches, and pains.
The outpouring of love, help, and support from all these beautiful and amazing people had made the Maternity Shoot all the more possible. Though things had not turned out as initially planned on the day itself, all’s well that ends well. I could only be grateful that these maternity photographs were beautifully captured at 31 weeks of my pregnancy.
Here are some of my personal favorites (Warning! Picture overload ahead!). I took the liberty to do my own edits. Please take note that pictures were handed over to me raw and unedited. Proper credit goes out to Michael Billanes Photography.
Vintage High Tea Garden styled by Decors and Motifs
As you continue to browse through each of these photographs, please keep our little family in your prayers for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery as the Beginning of Our Journey to Parenthood is yet to unfold.
My beautiful bump at 31 weeks
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