My Maternity Photoshoot with Liam Bergin

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You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not shy about documenting my bump. Perhaps it won’t be the same with subsequent pregnancies but I have found the day-to-day changes in my body and the baby’s development completely mesmerising throughout this pregnancy and taking photos along the way has helped me to fully appreciate the gravity of the task. Now, at week 36, when I look back at the pictures I took at week 18 when I thought I looked ‘properly pregnant’ I realise that I really just looked like I’d had a hearty lunch.

I think it’s a shame that there aren’t that many photos knocking around of my mum when she was pregnant even though she was last pregnant with my sister in the mid 90s, post-Demi-Moore-Vanity-Fair-cover world. That was surely the true beginning of the pregnancy photo boom and perhaps it’s now gone too far with cameras being privy to moments that should be kept private (here’s looking at you Robbie Williams) but I want to have something to show this baby when it grows up to give them an idea of where it all began.

I know having portraits taken, especially when you’re piling on the pregnancy pounds, might not be everyone’s idea of a fun, much less something that they would be willing to pay for. My thinking is there are only so many months in your life where you get to be pregnant, even if you have a larger than average brood and it’s about the most impressive thing someone can do with their body (men, you may think you have the easy ride here and perhaps you do but for once I think we trump you. You think you’re clever making fire? Pah! We make HUMANS (granted, with a little help from your good selves)) therefore it’s worth relishing and recording. Postnatally I imagine it’s difficult to fully comprehend how a baby managed to fit in there so I want pictures as hard proof.

My motto is that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well and a selfie in the mirror isn’t the kind of pregnancy photo I’ll savour in years to come. Much like wedding photos, there is only a small timeframe to work with when it comes to pregnancy and so it’s worth doing your research and choosing a photographer who suits your taste and will capture the moment as you’d hoped they would.

I’d intended to book myself in for a pregnancy shoot, one that would provide me with some personal photos for myself, not for a commercial modelling client, but I was struggling to find anyone that didn’t automatically default to the heart-on-belly pose or something that resembled a slightly indecent boudoir shoot. I was fortunate enough to be approached by Liam Bergin, a talented portrait and wedding photographer who is moving into the maternity photography sphere. He wanted to create some beautiful photos, with an editorial edge that happened to be of a pregnant woman so I jumped at the chance and we did a shoot together at the very cool Belt Craft Studios in London when I was 32 weeks pregnant. We were pinging emails to and fro for a couple of weeks before the shoot with pregnancy pictures that we both liked, ideas of what we wanted to achieve, what the hair and make up should be like and what clothes might work so we knew we were on the same page.

As well as the pictures here, Liam also took some ‘implied nude’ photos which is lingo in the biz for naked but the right kind, not the all-out, full-frontal Kim Kardashian kind of naked. I decided you’re getting enough flesh exposure for one post with these pictures but I do love the nude pictures we took and if you’re thinking about having a maternity shoot yourself I would fully recommend stripping off, at least on the top half as it makes for beautiful shots, if done properly and if you trust the photographer. And let’s be frank, those boobs are going to get plenty of outings in the coming year anyway so why be shy about them now while they’re still perky? Nude pictures might not make the cut for the living room wall but these are the sort of images I’ll likely look back at and lament the loss of those once upstanding lady lumps, much like I look back on my pre-pregnancy body and with the benefit of hindsight, realise that my toned tum was actually something I should have been significantly more proud of. That said, I am even prouder of my current, very hard-working tum which is why I’m happily flaunting it here for everyone to see.
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Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin


Copyright Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

My Top Tips for Planning a Pregnancy Photoshoot

  1. Make sure you plan your shoot for a point in your pregnancy where your bump is big but not too big and when you have the energy to make the most of the experience.
  2. Shop around for a photographer that suits your taste. Ask friends to recommend and if you find someone whose work you like, make sure you are comfortable with them as a person so that you don’t feel self-conscious when it comes to the shoot.
  3. Create a Pinterest moodboard of images you like and send the link to your photographer. These can be any portraits, not just pregnancy pictures. My own board is here – it’s a work in progress but I will endeavour to update it more in the coming weeks
  4. Think about what clothes you’d like to wear to accentuate your bump rather than hide it.
  5. Alternatively, get your kit off! If your skin is looking good then don’t hide it. There’s no need for a completely nude shot but a crop top and jeans will show off your bump.
  6. Get your partner involved or plan to have the shoot in your own home if it would make you feel more comfortable.

 Grey crop topGap | Distressed jeansTopshop | Blue jumperCos |Checked shirtZara |Nude lingerieCos


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1 Comment

  1. Liam bergin 17th January 2015

    The more I look at the images we took, the more I love them. There is something wonderfully special about being pregnant and I feel privialaged to have been able to give you such a lasting memory!

    Great artical! Really well written!

    Can’t wait to meet the little one in feb!


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