Maternity Photo Shoot at the Sekrit Theater
I love the early days of pregnancy – the dreaming, the anticipation, the positive pregnancy test. It’s so exciting! Imagining a new little person joining our family is such a special time (until the morning sickness kicks in. Ha!) Although I love my kids, and I appreciate my body’s ability to bring life into the world, I’m not a huge fan of the late stages of pregnancy – aka, the weight gain. I’ve never enjoyed my huge preggo belly. With each pregnancy, my talented photographer friends ask about maternity photos, and in the past I have always declined. “No one needs to document this belly,” I would say. “Let’s just do newborn photos instead.” However, with this final and fifth pregnancy, I was persuaded to do a maternity photo shoot. Other friends promised me that I would regret not taking photos, so I caved. On the plus side, I got to wear a flower crown and a flowy dress- which I adored.
My dear friend, Victoria from Victoria Anne Photography, arranged for my maternity photo shoot at Austin’s eclectic Sekrit Theater. There are so many cool props to pose with at the Sekrit Theater! The grounds have random old buildings, pillars, groves of trees, vintage chandeliers, and more. The scenery made for really fun pictures! Plus, I liked the contrast between my bright green dress and flower crown juxtaposed with winter’s barren branches and coldness. I thought it was nifty symbol of life and pregnancy.
My maternity photo shoot was done at 36 weeks pregnant, so I had a full belly to show off.
When I shared this black and white photo on Instagram, one of my friends commented that her son said I looked like a princess. That little kid made my day!
When Victoria posed me for this shot, I felt like Chicha from the Emperor’s New Groove movie. You know, the scene when Pacha comes home, and she comes through the door saying, “Lady with a baby coming through.” That’s what I kept thinking about in this picture. Plus, that’s one of my favorite movies!
Since this baby’s gender was going to be a surprise, I kept wondering if we would welcome a little girl or boy into our family. Our bets were on “team blue” because my pregnancy was more like our son than our daughters. But then again, we were really good at getting girls; we already had three daughters! Turns out, we loved waiting until birth to find out the baby’s gender, and in hindsight, we wished we would have done that with the other kiddos. It felt way more exciting to find out in the delivery room, and all our friends and family were extra-super pumped to find out too.
This greenhouse building is probably the Sekrit Theater’s most famous spot, and it is lovely.
At the end of the day, I’m glad I was finally convinced to take maternity photos. I am glad I waited until my last pregnancy though, and I don’t think that I would take photos with every pregnancy (if I could go back in time.) One maternity photo shoot was enough documentation for me. But, I guess immortalizing my baby bump is a good thing after all. My body made five awesome kids! That amazes me still. Female bodies and pregnancy are pretty miraculous, and I’m glad I have some pretty pictures to remember those miracles.