My Maternity Pictures

Remember how I debated forever about whether I should spend money on professional maternity, birthing, and newborn photos? Well after a lot of research I decided to hire my buddy Andrea to do both a maternity and newborn shoot and for the birth I'll just make do with my lovely husband's skillz. Then perhaps once baby blueberry is bigger, maybe in the fall, we can get some 'professional' images taken as a whole family. I won't feel disgustingly fat that way and my little munchkin will have tons of personality by that point, I'm sure. Or who knows, maybe my own little mini photo shoots will suffice. I'm sure I'll take hundreds of shots on my own within the first week:)

But anyway, Andrea has been our Wisconsin photographer for three different shoots now: two family shoots for Christmas cards and now this maternity shoot. We both decided that this had to be the most fun shoot ever and ended up taking pictures for 2.5 hours in my house! I had scoured the internet for cute poses, outfit ideas, and thought very hard about capturing the best light possible in our little duplex. Would you be surprised to hear that I compiled an 'inspiration' collage for us to use during the shoot? No, of course not. :) It was just us gals plus Henry, since Nate was at class and although I love the maternity shots with the husband involved, it was fun for us ladies to play around with different photography ideas. And Henry couldn't stop licking Andrea in the face when she was down on his level snapping away and tended to put his butt right in the middle of every shot. He's a ladies man, that doggie!

I really wanted to have some cool black and white background shots and so we got very creative by hanging plain duvet covers from nails on the wall....I mean seriously, people, we were not messing around. I was hoping our front window would be a great source of light so I had Nate move away the couch from under the windows and we had to pull away the crib from a nursery wall but of course, the end result was well worth the furniture re-arranging:) I am absolutely in love with all of the pictures. Andrea is super talented and even though we pulled a lot of these poses from other online sources, many are all Andrea's idea and completely fabulous. I am so happy we did these now and can't imagine NOT having images of my first pregnancy to share for years to come. I actually feel somewhat attractive in them and less like a bloated whale so you know Andrea did her job well! I can't wait to tell people I knew Andrea back when she was starting her photography biz, before she got all famous and stuff:) If you are in the Milwaukee area you need to hunt her down asap before get gets too famous.

And now for a few of my favorites.....lots of pictures ahead, so buckle down!

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Do you love them as much as I do? Sigh. I really will miss being pregnant...

44 comments:

  1. I love, love, love the ones of you laying on the floor with your feet up! You look beautiful in all of them - great photos!

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  2. They are really great!!! I SO miss being preggo... Love the ones on the floor :)

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  3. SO BEAUTIFUL!! You look amazing and I love the ones with your rug :)

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  4. Honestly, I can't pick a favorite. Every setting we did offered some sort of amazing shot! But I do love the ones of you on the nursery floor and of course, the final couch shots make you look fabulous.

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  5. Awesome shots!! and I love that you rearranged furniture for them. :)

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  6. So, so beautiful! Just amazing!

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  7. Julia you look AMAZING prego! Those pix are to die for. Congrats, she did a great job! I really will miss being prego too!

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  8. Julia, these are GORGEOUS! Seriously, you look hot--not like a bloated what AT ALL. :) I'm kind in love with the ones where your feet are up on the wall--just awesome. Really awesome!

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  9. Those came out SO great!!

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  10. You look beautiful! Great photos... I love them all! :)

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  11. You look gorgeous! I love the purple top- great color on you :). I'm sure you will be so glad to have these!

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  12. Julia- this pics are sooooo awesome! I really love the color ones!

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  13. Love them! You look great! My fav is the one of you on the nursery floor with your legs up! Hope you are feeling well!

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  14. Your Pics are beautiful :)

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  15. Fab, fab, fab! You look amazing! Way too many favorites. Great job, Andrea!!!

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  16. You look amazing! I especially like the shots of you laying in the nursery with the purple top. These pictures are almost making me consider a maternity shoot.

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  17. Awww, I love them. They are so cute and very you.

    Can't wait to see the little guy!!

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  18. These are gorgeous pictures!! This is exactly what I want when I get pregnant.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love the photos! Your personal photog, Andrea is amazing. Hard not to have amazing shots when you have a beautiful subject!!!!!!

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  20. great shots, julia! my faves are the ones on the black background and all the ones in the purple top :) perfection!

    nicky

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  21. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  22. You look gorgeous in all the shots, but I especially like the ones on the floor and on the couch! Great job to you AND Andrea.

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  23. your pictures are beautiful!!!

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  24. Damn! You are one hot mama!!! Love these pictures. You make being pregnant look BEAUTIFUL! I am in love with photography and can't wait to be pregnant so I can have pictures like this!

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  25. As I just said on Andrea's blog, I LOVE THEM!!!! You are beautiful, and you will treasure these forever. And yes, being pregnant is so freakin amazing ... I can't believe you're almost done already! Time sure flies.

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  26. Wow...you look gorgeous! What great pictures to look back on and remember your first pregnancy!

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  27. Wow...you look gorgeous! What great pictures to look back on and remember your first pregnancy!

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  28. Love these! Especially how you incorporated the colors of the nursery :-) Awesome!

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  29. I might be tracking her down for baby #2, whenever that is! Fabulous! :) I love the ones with the rug -- I also love the one on the couch, in the white shirt. :)

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  30. You look absolutely stunning.

    I wish I had a baby belly :(

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  31. They are gorgeous - My fav is the one with the snowy branches outside!

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  32. wow, your belly looks so much bigger in these photos! the photos are beautiful! i can't pick a fave... :)

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  33. Awesome pics - thanks for sharing!!!

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  34. Love them! You look so beautiful and I'm sure you'll treasure them forever!

    I have to say, seeing these photos makes me wish that I lived in WI for Andrea to photograph me and my baby belly - such beautiful talent!

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  35. Great pictures! Like them so much better that many I have seen lately!

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  36. I love the new look to the blog! The photo in your header was my favourite maternity photo.

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  37. Wow! Those are awesome! You look amazing.

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  38. Fantastic pictures. You look gorgeous!

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  39. Love these!! You are so beautiful! The second to last one is my favorite! So happy for you!

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