On Saturday afternoon my wonderful friend Sadie took us out for a photo shoot to document this important time in our lives. While I am not particularly fond of pictures of me as of lately, I knew I would regret not having these photographs. Now seeing a few of the final products, I am so happy we did this! They are beautiful!
We have just a few in hand, and I cannot wait to see the rest. It bums me out a bit to think of how few pictures I have of our pregnancy. I only trust talented photographers to snap my photo these days, so it is just these and the ones Whitney took when we found out it's a girl. It's truly not even the lack of photos that makes me sad, but my decreased self-esteem. It is no secret I have struggled in the past. I feel that by now I should be past it. Not only am I leading an organization that teaches girls self-esteem and healthy lifestyles, but I am going to have my own little girl that I hope to instill these valuable lessons in. So yes, my thighs are a little chubbier, my arms a bit bigger, and my boobs are definitely way too huge! But I really wish I could see the miracle through this bit of extra weight. I want to value my body for the life it is growing inside of me and for the hard work it has been through in the last 9 months. So no more fearing what the camera will reveal.
Since Sadie was coming down to do the photos, I asked her to meet me at the house so we could also get a few great snapshots of the nursery. I can't wait to show more, but here's just a little taste:
Sadie is so wonderfully talented and has recently launched her photography business. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for someone to do your family portraits or senior pictures, or just about anything! She is also a super talented painter. When we returned from Africa we commissioned her to do a piece for us to commemorate our experience. You can see it here.
Can't wait to see more!