Urban Maternity Photo Shoot

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.

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“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.

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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!

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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.

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Major thanks to Stephanie for these photos and for all of you for your constant support.

much love.

45 thoughts on “Urban Maternity Photo Shoot

  1. First comment goes to Linz’ and Steph’s big brother! (Sorry folks, it’s never happened with the thousands of people who enjoy Linz’ blog every day. All I want to say is just how powerful and talented and beautiful and amazing and FIERCE my two little sisters are. They have truly taken the best parts of our Mom and made them their own in their own way. So happy to finally meet William. He’s perfect, and so are you.

  2. These are SO gorgeous! Your sister is SO talented! I love the pics Linz! I am so happy for you guys! I love that you were so confident during pregnancy, how all of us should be and feel! Love you! Hope you are getting rest and enjoying the week with your beautiful baby boy!

  3. k first of all, you look freaking amazing and when i first saw that pic thought “omg that is so linz! right on girl”

    secondly, stephanie most definitely is the most talented photographer out there. i wish i was in St. Louis so I could get some of her talented photos :)

    and third, i am so happy that this experience was amazing for you. it had to be. you only deserve amazing :)

  4. These photos & then your brothers comment at the top? Stop making me cry before work!
    Your sister is an amazing photographer & you are a gorgeous model!

  5. Amazing. Stunning. Unique. Beautiful. The list goes on but there really aren’t enough words to describe the magic these pictures show. Capturing your whole journey with all its pain and the strength you’ve shown to now be so so happy. <3

  6. Beautiful pictures, you’re so brave! Then again, it’s Delmar Loop, and I’ve seen crazier down there than a lovely pregnant woman stopping traffic. I live just outside STL in the ‘burbs. This is my first time stumbling across your blog, and I wanted to congratulate you on Baby William! That’s especially special after enduring infertility. I know how that goes, but we are so-ecstatically expecting our first in August! I’m looking forward to perusing more of your blog now that I’ve found it :)

  7. Congratulations for taking idiocy and self-absorption to a whole new level. You are a moron. Check out the faces in the background. Lmao.

    • if you’re going to write something like this, why are you even bothering to check out this blog? Do something else with your time or do you not have other things to do?

  8. This is sooo unique and gorgeous! Kudos for you for having the self confidence to do it – you look so beautiful in these shots Linz! And, your sister is a photography genius – this is so cool. And the big brother’s comment up there made me smile!

  9. I can’t even deal with this post and how much it makes me love. You’re so beautiful, strong, loving, and clearly a badass mother (literally) who doesn’t give an eff what other people think. I’m so proud of how far you have come on your journey to have William and I am overjoyed to share in your happiness of him finally being here!! I can’t wait to love on him and his momma when I see you guys!! xoxoxoxo BFF

  10. I know your parents, and your in-laws. I recently met you at Jamie’s (my niece) house. (I think you were there for Mindy) All I can say is, wow! Love these pictures! They may go viral! :)
    Great idea, great model and great photography! I’m very impressed. Please post more! Also, congrats on the birth of your beautiful son! Can’t wait to meet him!

  11. So, I’m behind on my blog reading – although I’ve been keeping up to date on Instagram! – and just wanted to say how stunning and breathtaking these photos are. You are incredible! I admire your confidence and positivity throughout the whole pregnancy process. You are truly amazing. And I have no doubt you’ll be a wonderful mom to lucky little William.

  12. Beautiful pictures. Great inspiration. We need more of these to show the beauty of motherhood.
    Thanks, Itz and Stephanie.

  13. Thanks for showing new moms that they are still beautiful and Congratulations! I hope you will come an join me for some mom and baby yoga when your bundle arrives. It is a great way to bond with your baby and meet other families.

    All well wishes!
    Dianna

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