A couple of weeks ago, Alex and I were lucky enough to have Nikki McFadden shoot us in a casual lifestyle shoot. The result? Memories we will cherish, long after Sophie is born and this pregnancy fades from memory…
Sometimes photographs do what words cannot. As I revealed my pregnancy “bump” for the first time, seven months in, I felt a beauty and strength I haven’t previously discovered.
My body, always used for strength training and sculpting and training people in the past, is now developing a human. Its strength is still evident, but it is internal.
Only I can feel the way my daughter moves, how her limbs roll from side to side, how she grows with each passing day, how my hands clasp protectively in large crowds to protect her.
Only I can feel the weight of her, when she shifts, when she falls asleep, when she bows up on one side, and my belly turns into a misshapen cone.
It is all magical; it is all-consuming; it is all here, captured, to look back upon, to share, to remember… for all the days we have.
Even when we are no longer here.