Why am I posting an Urban Maternity Photo Shoot when William Jack was born last week? Well, coincidentally, when I gave you the sneak peek on Thursday, that happened to be the last post before Baby Itz arrived! I have a few more photos I’d like to show you, so that’s precisely what I’m going to do today.
Now let me give you some background on these pictures because they are probably the most different maternity photos you’ve ever seen. My sister Stephanie Cotta Photography wanted to do something incredibly unique. So she gave me a maternity gown, put a flower halo in my hair, and we drove to the Delmar Loop area in St. Louis.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
Dealing with infertility was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. But you know what? None of it matters now that William is here. The heartache, pain, frustration, and tears are not forgotten; instead, they are so very worth it.
Itz funny that these pictures were taken the Sunday before William was born on Thursday. We were thinking we still had a few weeks left with that little baby in my belly. We couldn’t be happier though that he’s here now!
Stopping traffic. This was the photo taken in my sneak peek. Lots of you asked if it was photoshopped. NO! You see what I’m wearing. I literally pressed the cross walk button and waited for my turn to walk while Stephanie was squatting on the other side snapping away.
Was I self-conscious during these photos? Surprisingly no. The gown was really long, so when we were walking from location to location, I bunched it up and covered myself. Several people asked if it was my wedding day. We laughed when my belly bump came out. Yes, people stared. People gawked. People made comments. People wanted to know what in the world we were up to. But it was all positive, I kid you not. People thought it was awesome. And that’s exactly how I felt.
Also, I’ve always trusted Stephanie. When she has a vision, itz best to go with it because of her creative eye and photography talent. When discussing this photo with others, some people called it fierce while some thought it looked out of place. We’re glad people think itz different. Every woman is different. Every woman’s experience is different. Itz who we are and itz important to be proud of that – no matter what. That’s how I felt walking through the Loop with my belly bump and barely there gown. I was growing a tiny human being inside of me, and regardless of what I looked like, I was darn proud of how far I’d come.
Major thanks to Stephanie for these photos and for all of you for your constant support.