“This experience of having these pictures taken was so very important to me in many folds, not just as a first time expectant mother, but also because I originally did not plan for one due to recent losses in my family. My third trimester has been very challenging due to my mother losing her fight with cancer and my grandmother also passing away within a month of her. My mother’s ultimate wish was to make it long enough to meet her first grandchild and one of the last things she did was to rub my belly and motioned how happy she was to touch my bump. I promised her that I would tell our baby boy all about his brave grandmother who so very much wanted to meet him. All in all, losing the two ultimate mother figures in my life when I myself was about to be one for the first time knocked the wind out of me and threw me into a state of deep sadness and grief.
As luck would have it Aimi and I happen to meet as industry friends and upon hearing my state of mind she compassionately pushed us to have a maternity shoot not only to capture our last precious moments together before two became three, but also to celebrate his impending arrival and to remind me of the amazing event that is about to happen. This session was also supposed to help us focus on the miracle we were about to have together.
During the shoot I honestly felt such a connection to my late mother and I realized all the feelings she must have felt as a mother to be; all the love and devotion to a little being that has yet to arrive and I finally understood her love so much more clearly than I ever have. I will be forever grateful for that. Aimi also captured the connection between my husband and me so well – I look at my husband now with an even deeper appreciation for him, as he was my absolute rock through all the sadnes. To see us smiling in these pictures belies the fact that we hadn’t smiled in what felt like months and is absolutely priceless. I could go on and on about how thankful we are for her and these images! Thank you so much Aimi and also to Aimee of Aimee Makeup Artistry for helping me feel beautiful once again. So so grateful to these ladies and their kindness during this shoot. ” Natalie, Expectant Mother
As a new mom myself, pregnancy is still pretty fresh in my mind and after having hearing Natalie’s story; I was hoping that perhaps a fun portrait session with her husband could help in bringing her some joy during this special moment in their lives, and as Natalie has expressed, that’s exactly what these portraits did. While photographing some of these tender moments between Natalie & her husband, I was reminded of how sweet those last weeks of being pregnant were for my own husband and me; it’s such a unique time filled with the anticipation and excitement of meeting our baby while also cherishing the time we had left as “just us”. Frame by frame, I absolutely loved documenting the connection between these two. Natalie was just radiant and Ben’s every gesture towards his baby mama was gentle, loving and filled with strength. I am so thrilled for them to meet their baby boy very soon!
I’ve long admired the bond between a mother and her children but since becoming a mother myself just 5 months ago, I have an even greater appreciation of what it takes to be a mom. I also have a deeper understanding when fellow mama’s tell me that the days are long but the years are short. Though these early days with my daughter have mostly been a monotonous blur somehow in between all the repetitive tasks, there are those moments in between when I am nursing her, playing with her or laying her down to sleep that I get to quietly examine all her little features, relish in her wet gummy smiles and feel her little hands all over my face. In these moments I often find myself wishing I could freeze time and I know that all the mama’s out there can relate! I love being able to capture some of these precious moments for my clients so they can hang onto the memories for years to come.” Aimi, Photographer
Makeup Artist: Aimee Lam http://aimeemakeupartistry.com @aimeeartistry