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Maternity Shoot: The Curves of Creating Life

I want to freeze this moment in time. To capture it, to keep it, to hold onto it. When else do you feel so joyfully unsure, so happily terrified, so euphorically unprepared?

Officially nine months in, and I certainly feel the aches and pains of creating a life. My back hurts. Feet are swollen. Pressure is everywhere. And yet, I feel grateful. Pregnancy doesn’t always feel beautiful, but it’s about creating something beautiful. Somehow, that beauty pulls me through the pain. My body has stretched, and grown, and evolved in ways I didn’t know were possible. I have the curves of creating life.

Having this site has pushed me to capture my pregnancy in photos. But for our maternity shoot, I wanted to reallyΒ freeze this journey beyond theΒ pregnancy styles, skincare regimens, and maternity workouts.

I wanted to freeze the fear, the joy, the calmness, and the unknown.

Jake and I snapped these photos from home on a quiet morning, alongside the soulful Elizabeth Messina. She so beautifully captured the emotions we feel for this little being inside of me. For that, I am forever grateful. This maternity shoot is something I’ll hang onto forever. Maybe (maybe) I’ll get around to creating a scrapbook for the bebe…

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

Maternity photoshoot, Pregnancy shoot, Elizabeth Messina, Lauren Gores Ireland, 9 months, maternity style, pregnancy fashion

The dresses I wore in these photos are no longer available for sale, but I linked to several similar options below, at varying prices. This includes both maternity and non-maternity options. I have found that it’s more worth the splurge if I can tailor the dress after the babe arrives, and get more use out of it!

Photos by Elizabeth MessinaΒ