"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment
until it becomes a memory."
-Theodore Seuss Geisel
Pregnancy is like that. Feeling kicks for the first time. Laying awake and dreaming up this little person, their future, how they will feel in your arms, how they will feel in your heart.
It seems like a long time to wait.
Until it is over.
It becomes a memory. One that is hard to hold tight to, as these memories give way to more memories of little coos.
I know a lot of times it is hard to feel pretty and pregnant at the same time. I have been there. But I also see the value in art history and a culture rich with fertility goddesses. This round, burgeoning human cosmos orchestrated by the deep, inner calling of motherhood, artfully created, exquisitely crafted - I resonate to the sound of the fertility figure.
It's always been my favorite.
I remember the waiting and anticipation, the feeling that every moment had weight to it.
I remember wanting to remember.
And I am not really sure I remember anymore. I am so happy to have the pictures my husband took of me, and the ones I timed on the tripod and ran into. But if I could go back and make other choices, I would wish to have images like these.
That's what I am thinking when I shoot these scenes.
I am trying to remember.
I try to find the shapes and shadows that give little glimpses into the best parts.
I love layers and textures in fabrics and human-ness and I am happy to share any of the wonderful trappings of the studio closet for you to play with and choose from because I want to make you feel amazing and beautiful and still very REAL.
And I will love it if you bring loved ones who are also anticipating their new roles and dynamics as all the little pieces of your life puzzle discover another part of your big picture.
I want to help you remember exactly as it was before it all became a new beautiful journey.
I will bend and angle you and we will find your perfect inner fertility goddess.
We will pull her out of the clay and make her real.
Because these won't be snapshots or images your mom took.
These will be the art of you making art with your body.
And when your baby is old enough to see this, they will be in awe of the Queen you were that day, when you were still constructing all of their beautiful details and dreaming of their little lashes and curls and coos and accomplishments.
They will be able to see everything you poured into creating their place in this world.
They will see you.
THE REAL YOU.
The you they deserve to discover.
Pregnancy is a milestone you don't want to miss out on documenting. And neither do I.
Let me tell your love story.
Nobody loves it like I do.