A few weeks ago, I followed our family tradition and did belly shots with the amazing Elizabeth Messina of Kiss The Groom. I was lucky enough to meet Elizabeth and be graced with her talent six years ago when she photographed Dean and me at our wedding party with friends and family after we got married alone in Fiji.
I was in awe of how she so perfectly, intimately, and so completely captured our love in all the photos. When we became pregnant shortly after with our first babe, Liam, I immediately contacted Elizabeth to do my belly shots. She drove to the inn we ran at the time in Fallbrook, California when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and photographed Dean, me, and my almost fully baked baby bump.
My first ever baby bump
Again, I was blown away (you can see what I mean on her website, ElizabethMessina.com!). Since then, Elizabeth has truly become family to us. She has photographed my baby bump for each pregnancy and has photographed each momentous occasion in our 6-year family history, like every single kid’s birthday party and our vow renewal.
One of our very first family photos with baby Liam
Pregnant with Stella
Me, Dean, and baby bump Stella
She was even in the delivery room with Dean and me when Stella was born which produced some of the most intimate and special pictures we have.
Dean & Stella in the delivery room
Our entire house is filled with her photographs of our family throughout the years. She is truly an angel to me.
One of the first shots of Baby Stella at home
Stella & Dean
And now, a family of 4!
Our vow renewal
Baby bump Hattie
I absolutely adore this photo. What’s sexier than a baby bump?
The McDermotts, a few weeks before Hattie came into the world
Welcoming Miss Hattie Cat to the family
Family of 5!
This 4th time, I decided to get a little crafty with my bump and involve my three kids for a picture I knew we would all always cherish. I let Liam, Stella, and Hattie dip their hands in paint and leave their little prints on my belly, and I think it turned out so well! They had a great time participating and the picture will look amazing hanging in the baby’s room. He or she was lovingly cradled by their 3 adoring siblings from the very beginning.
Such a great photograph to remember being pregnant with number 4. Plus, I feel like it’s another way to celebrate being pregnant and wear my bump proud.
And of course, Elizabeth worked her magic with this latest bump shoot, and took these gorgeous shots of my baby #4 belly:
How stunning are these? I will cherish them forever.
How do you document and celebrate your pregnancy as you go along? Let me know your crafty pregger ideas in the comments below!