Tuesday, April 17, 2012

To shoot or not to shoot

So, I decided to write about this because people sometimes ask me for advice. Usually related to party and wedding planning but now most of the time it is baby related.

I never thought I would write about this topic because honestly, I never thought I would take the stance that I do on the issue at hand.

To shoot or not to shoot?

No, I am NOT speaking of anything involving the shooting range.

A wonderful friend of mine who happens to be a photographer insisted on "shooting" me.

Throughout my pregnancy she kept saying "I want to get some belly shots!"

And every time she would say that I would cringe and say "No belly shots".

All I could picture...well, you don't want to know what I would picture.

To each his own, but I did not want the naked belly "sexy" pics.

No. thank you. sir.

After much convincing I finally said yes but on one condition.

That my handsome husband had to be a part of it and NO naked belly photos.

If you saw me while pregnant you know I was all belly and I was HUGE!

That's cool and all.

I'm so proud of my belly that I rocked and I even love my body every day for it what it gave me a beautiful little girl.

But the fact is, I am simply not photogenic.

However, my husband absolutely is. JERK!
just kidding

Seriously though, I do not photograph well especially with my big cheeks and swollen face.

I also happened to have been severely swollen the last 4 months of my pregnancy from the knees down.

Sounds glamourous, right? NOT!

Anyhow, I am so happy that my photographer friend convinced me to do the "shoot".

I love love love these photos and somehow she even managed to make a swollen blimp look pretty good.

I'm not sure if she used photoshop on me and I don't want to know. HAHA!

All I know is that she is genius.

I am so glad that I have these.

They mean so much I think because to me they represent the turning of a page.

Our last photo shoot before we became three.

Aw, it makes my eyes water just typing this.

We had a great time doing this even though I was very uncomfortable walking around our neighborhood taking the photos due to swelling, heat, and bugs but that's ok. So worth it.

These were taken 6 days before we met our little girl!

Can you tell I thought I was having a boy, I was even wearing blue.

So funny to me now, since we now have a precious baby girl.

So, plain and simple.

Yes, do the shoot.

Make sure you do.

I think the images are priceless and I'm so glad I gave in.

I was not paid for this endorsement but here's my wonderful friend's website. I love her work and I hope you do too.

Bette Walker Photography

FYI: she also "shot"our precious pups for us several years ago.

Happy "shooting"