Celebrating new life and a milky bath | Our maternity photo shoot

Maternity photo shoot - milk bath

I don’t know about you but when I am pregnant I do no exactly feel sexy. I am not one of those lucky women who stay super skinny, glow and just look amazing throughout their pregnancy. No, I am one of those who bloat to the point of skankles. I gain tons of weight even though I exercise and eat healthy. In general, let’s just say, pregnancy does not become me. Yet, I cherish each moment of it – I love the idea of a little human growing inside of me, that my body is capable of such a miracle. With my first pregnancy, after a lot of doubts and concerns I decided at the last minute to do a maternity photo shoot and I am so glad that I did. I still love to look at those photos and show them to my daughter.

With my second pregnancy, it was not even a question of whether I would or would not do a maternity photo shoot. I booked a photographer as early on as possible and put loads of planning and time into the photo shoot. I could not have been more pleased with the end results.

As women, I really do think that we are our own worst critics. How often do we complain of being harshly judged by others yet we are even worse when it comes to ourselves? Sometimes, we just need a little pick me up to remind ourselves that we are beautiful. I love these photos by Lizelle Krige Photography. I love how they capture my beauty in this treasured time of my life, of my womanhood and my growing family.

Our family maternity photo shoot

Our family maternity photo shoot

Our family maternity photo shoot

Our family maternity photo shoot

“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.” Anne Christian Buchanan

Maternity photo shoot - milk bath

Maternity photo shoot - milk bath

Maternity photo shoot - milk bath

Maternity photo shoot - milk bath

So many people helped to make these photos possible and I am forever grateful! A heartfelt thank you to everyone. Thank you to my beautiful mother for always lending a helping hand whenever we need it, helping to choose the flowers and running around after us on the day of the photo shoot. Thank you to my hubby for having loads of patience with me and to Adri for allowing us to use her beautiful bathroom for the milk bath photo shoot. Thank you to Wondering willow prop shop for the beautiful milk bath maternity dress and to Beautiful chaos event planning & styling for arranging my hair and make-up, especially with such short notice! Finally, the biggest thank you to Lizelle Krige Photography for capturing all these beautiful images!

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