Amy has grown to become a good friend over the past months. We had plenty of time to get to know each other during her 90+ hour labor and birth. Before that, we chatted and laughed while I snapped shots of her beautiful round belly. You can see more images of her stunning birth and read all about her lovely, miracle of a birth. In the meantime enjoy these maternity pictures in all their gorgeous glory. Be sure to leave a kind word for her in the comments section below the images for her and her husband to read and enjoy.
I have said it before, women are probably the most beautiful when they are pregnant. What an incredible gift it is, to be able to connect so deeply, so early on in our children's lives. Our bodies were so wonderfully designed to grow and birth new life, it makes no mistakes. No matter how big you get, you are beautiful. No matter where you come from, your pregnant belly is perfect. No matter where you choose to birth your child, you are an amazing mother. Every mother deserves to be loved, but especially while pregnant. I hear it all too often; as long as the baby is healthy that's all that matters. I am here to say I respectfully disagree. You cannot have a healthy baby without first having a strong, healthy mama. Take care of yourselves mamas, you are precious cargo too. Though I know as mothers it is all too easy to put everyone else first, take time to nurture yourself.
The premise behind this lovely project was to shine a light on us mothers in our childbearing year. Pregnancy lasts nearly a whole year, and in that time we change and grow so much. We are also so diverse, and I wanted to showcase that here. There is never one way to look, think, act in any situation you encounter as a mother or in life for that matter. Pregnancy and birth is no different. Each of these women have a unique story and plan set in place for their birth and the future of their family. Each of them beautiful. With the ever increasing battles in the mommy wars we are fighting, steps we take through our pregnancies should not be one of them. It is hard enough to be pregnant, for the first time, or tenth time, without adding more stress to our plates. We need to love ourselves, and love one another. We are really in this together, and should stand together.
I loved capturing these moments between these ladies. Some meeting for the first time, swapping birth stories, pregnancy woes and laughs. It was a good time, amongst even better company and I am excited for our next chapter in this project. If you are interested in being apart of this or future projects, please contact me here: http://www.capturedbybrezi.com/contact-me/
Demetra from A Mother's Choice and Crystal from Active Peace Maternity and Massage are two lovely birth professionals that will be facilitating in these Pregnancy Project shoots. Offering advice, discounts and more, that are exclusive to the ladies participating. Also find me on Instagram @Capturedbybrezi. Use the tag #beautyinpregnancy and show us your lovely baby bumps!
Yvette has been a friend to me since I moved back to Colorado Springs around 2004. We were in middle school when we met. Of course as time moves on, like it always does, we moved along with it. We hadn't been close for awhile, but keeping up with each other over Facebook, and mutual friends. The years past and the time came when we both started to have our babies and start our families. I am grateful in this instance for social media and all it can offer. Watching people I once knew so well as a child myself, having children is quite humbling. Things start to come into perspective, and you realize every moment is precious.
I was blessed with the opportunity to capture these treasured moments for her and her family. Of course I couldn't resist it! I mean look at this gorgeous family...
And then there were four! Look at these precious baby parts!...