So, I'm just going to put it out there. I do Not like having my picture taken. It's not as ironic as it sounds. I feel like it's one of the reasons why our clients trust that I am going to do my best to make them feel as comfortable as possible and to make sure I don't capture them in the middle of a halfway Elvis grin. But, when the tables are turned, and I become the client I am all uncomfortable eye rolling and awkward Elvis grins. And when I am my husband's client, I am that, plus sarcasm, bossiness, and whining. I know, I sound like the ideal client, right? I pity anyone who has to take my picture, so I try to avoid it as much as possible unless I can plan the whole shoot and Taka takes my pictures. I tried my best to be easier for this particular photo shoot because I knew that it would be the most important one I would ever have: My maternity session. For me, capturing this time in my life was so very crucial, even if I didn't want to do it. I knew that I had to. And, I tried to think of a way to show the beauty and true art form of a woman who was carrying the most special gift of all: Life. That's huge, and although, I felt like I weighed a thousand pounds, hadn't slept more than 4 hours a night for the last month, and was about to pop at any moment, I knew that those days would soon pass, and all I'd have left of this monumental time in my life, would be the memories and these photos. In the end, it wasn't complete torture, and I am in love with my maternity shots. I'm sharing them now because of a conversation we had with a client that was debating whether or not to do a maternity session because she hadn't found one that she didn't think was cheesy or too cutesy. We felt the same way before we shot mine, so I could definitely relate. Maternity sessions don't always have to be Cute. You don't have to tie a bow around your belly if you don't want to, but if you do, that's fine too. As long as they are representative of you and your sheer pride and joy of motherhood. That is definitely worth capturing.