Belly Boom Maternity Shoot

Lora Vertue is a Toronto portrait and fashion photographer, and owner of Kissed by Light Photography Studio!  She believes “everybody is photogenic and that a talented photographer can turn anybody into a model and make him/her look amazing.”  Just take a look at these super beautiful and inspiring {Belly Boom} maternity photos!!  I love how Lora captured the beauty of pregnancy and combined it with a fashion edge!  I feel so incredibly inspired and am almost nostalgic for my own pregnancy!  I wish I had maybe embraced my own belly-love just a little more.  The only word I can use to describe Lora’s work is, FABULOUS!! 

{stay tuned – more incredible and awe-inspiring photos from Kissed by Light Photography in the weeks to come!!}

{Photography by Kisses by Light Photo Studio / blog “Belly Boom“}

Maternity Inspiration: “Sweet Expectations”

I am so very excited about today’s beautiful post!  Vancouver based photographer, Melissa Gidney took these gorgeous maternity photos and did an amazing job.  Melissa was able to not only capture the sweet and tranquil essence of pregnancy, but also the beauty and grace of the soon-to-be-parents.  I love the natural feel of the shoot, not at all contrived and overly-posed.  The whole series of photos have a very elegant feel to them, allowing the natural beauty and poise of the pregnancy to radiate through without being weighted down by props and staged environments.  Pregnant moms have a natural glow and loveliness about them during this very special time, why not create a simple photo shoot that captures the true beauty of it all?! 

I think I need to mention just one more time how much I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this entire shoot!

Photography by Melissa Gidney Photo, www.melissagidneyphoto.com, www.melissagidneyblog.com/recent/2011/6/23/talia-sweet-expectations

Real Nursery – Hollywood Glamour Room

It has been almost a year since my friend Amy finished her nursery for her baby girl Mya Jolie, and I could not wait to share this.  Given the momma’s knack for style it was only fitting that she would create a glamorous picture perfect nursery for her soon to be baby girl.  Almost a year later, this nursery is just as lovely and adored by her little master as it is by her mom.

Amy’s reflection on the nursery:  “I based the nursery design off of the two prints (Paris and London fashion) that I had originally bought for elsewhere in the house.  I really wanted a design that reflected the style of our existing house décor, which is a mix of old Hollywood glamour with modern touches.  I fell in love with the damask bedding set by Cocolala because it was feminine and classy, but not in a traditional baby design.  I never wanted to do a traditional girly room using pink, as I knew our daughter would be ultra feminine and dressed in a lot of pink all the time.  I also picked unique and useful items such as a folder organizer to store books and a cookie jar to hold socks and headbands to bring a bit of surprise style to the room.  We hung the shabby chic while chandelier ourselves which added a touch of glamour to the room.  Almost everything used to decorate the nursery could be placed anywhere else in the house and fit right in with the décor.  I like that I can move items such as picture frames, vases, and candle holders after Mya grows out of her nursery and still get use out of them.  The nursery is my favorite room in the whole house and I love that the decorations and furniture can grow with Mya as she matures and moves into a “big girl room.”  I recommend when designing your nursery space to get creative and look beyond “baby things” to find useful storage solutions using items often found in office decorations.  Key hook boards work great for little shoes and headbands, fabric covered message boards for hanging mementos, and magazine and file holders are great for books.”

Real Maternity Shoots

Editorial style maternity sessions are not always easy to capture but Sarah Guy of Labour of Love Photography does an amazing job of accomplishing just that.  For the modern moms-to-be out there here are some images from my maternity shoot earlier this year.  I have to admit, I did not go into this wanting maternity photos, I was actually researching newborn sessions and happened to come across a great package that included pregnant pictures as well.  In the end I was so happy that I did this.  Not only are the photos great and in line with my taste, but they are a snapshot into a really special time in my life.  I would highly recommend all pregnant women do these, as you will one day be thankful that you did.

I love these pictures because they capture everything about my pregnancy; my staple black leggings that I wore on a daily basis, whether it was appropriate to do so or not, the snow that I very often had to trek in to make it to my neighbourhood starbucks, the story books I collected for my son’s nursery, and the minute by minute stroking of my belly which I could not help but do on a regular.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do, and that they give you some great ideas for your own shoot.