The state, condition, or quality of being pregnant – this is how the dictionary defines the word pregnancy. Thanks to social media we have the constant need to always look our best and share the state of our body with the world. Facebook is providing us with millions of scary and often disgusting stories about childbirth and the pain that comes with it – don’t even get us started on the whole “how to lose weight afterwards as quick as possible”-part.
Bad news is so much easier to spread than good ones, but despite what television and the internet are teaching us – being pregnant and giving birth to a child is so much more than getting fat and screaming in pain for hours. It’s a beautiful thing that goes way back to day one – there’s nothing more natural than giving birth to a new life.
The pregnancy portrait project is Megan Alter Photography’s way of helping you overcome this fear and take a look beyond it. We did some research on the painful subject of pregnancy and got caught up in the power that pregnant women seem to have. There is a certain energy coming from their behaviour and body language. We tried capturing this in the pregnancy portraits. Every image has its own story to tell and a strong women behind it.
“Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” Erma Bombeck, “If I Had My Life to Live Over”
So next time when you think about pregnancy don’t think about the bad things, think about these images. Every pregnancy portrait shows a little miracle, soon to be a part of this world.
Photography: Megan Alter Photography