My Whole World

Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.
-Anais Nin

Thanks to the beautiful new mom Alyssa for making two trips to the studio to make this profound statement on the beauty of motherhood possible.

Another Way a Woman is Stronger Than You Know

It’s called Diastasis Recti, and I found out today it’s a separation of the abdominal muscles. It’s what happens when a woman’s abdominal muscles have to move so far apart to allow for pregnancy that her other internal organs are barely hanging on by a thread. Read more HERE.

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And it makes her even more beautiful, powerful, and life-giving.

The Mood of the Images

I always try to see what kind of mood I can get the images to portray, and sometimes it happens by accident. This time I got two.

This one seems to have a big of angst in it, as if she’s trying to tear away what’s holding her back.


And this one is just full of peace…


It Took About 11 Months to Create These Images

Longer than Holly’s been pregnant actually. That long for her to realize that she needed to see how beautiful she really is. The bathroom mirror was lying to her, you see. And so while we spoke frequently spoke of what they’d look like, Holly had a little trouble seeing in her own mind what they’d be. Because of that mirror and the obnoxious bathroom lighting.

But this is what Holly really looks like:


When I renewed the conversation she said, “But I’m big and pregnant!”


“That’s EXACTLY how I want to photograph you,” was my reply.


This is is probably my favorite image of the session. It gives the appearance of her floating, as if she were a cloud.