Maternity Boudoir Self Portraits | Part 1 | Wilmington Maternity Photographer

Is maternity boudoir a thing?  Absolutely!  Read on, friend…

A couple years ago, I attempted boudoir self portraits for the first time.  Self-portraits aren’t simply a likeness, they’re an exploration of how one wants to be seen.  I expected to try and convey a certain version of myself to the camera: could I make myself beautiful or sexy?  I’ve always been the girl-next-door type.  Unexpectedly, those first boudoir self-portraits actually changed how I see myself.  In the time since I took those portraits, I’ve learned to embrace my “flaws” more; to be more open, to be more accepting of myself, and to truly seek and show the beauty in every one of my clients.

READ: “I Shot My Own Boudoir Portraits, and Here’s What Happened”

Fast forward to today.  I’m now 9 months pregnant.  Once Jeff and I found out we were expecting, I knew that I would want to attempt another round of selfies, but this time of the maternity flavor.  Maternity + boudoir + self-portrait — quite the exploration!  My maternity boudoir would be the perfect marriage of my passion (boudoir photography) with my current status (mama-to-be).

Maternity photos come in all different styles.  What most people picture is a lighthearted portrait focusing on the purity of motherhood.  A bright, outdoor location; mama holding baby shoes or making a heart with her hands on her belly.  As a boudoir photographer that focuses on helping women discover that they are powerful and sexy, I knew that I wanted my maternity boudoir to have a different feel.  I wanted to show that a pregnant woman is powerful; that she is still a wife, a lover, and most of all, a woman.  Motherhood adds a new dimension to her identity but does not erase these other selves.

Traditionally, most maternity portraits (of any flavor — boudoir or otherwise) are done around 7 months.  It’s when the belly is finally big and round, but before mama is too big, too swollen, and too uncomfortable to hold a pose.  Well, during my 7th and 8th month, I was slammed with boudoir sessions, so I didn’t get around to doing my own until a week shy of 9 months!  Even with my bigger-than-usual belly, I am completely in love with these portraits — not only in how they portray me, but in how they portray motherhood.

Here are a few of my favorites from the first half of my shoot:

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Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!

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Carolina-based LUXURY BOUDOIR and WEDDING photographers

Our love of photography brought us together when we met at a photography conference over a decade ago. Today, Jeff is indigosilver’s lead wedding photographer, while Lori focuses on boudoir portraiture.

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