Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Maternity Self-Portrait {Week 32 of my ever-growing belly project}

I'm nearly 34 weeks and feeling pretty great with this pregnancy. I have been taking a self-portrait of myself every week since 20 weeks (nearly), and at 32 weeks I decided to take it a little more seriously than slapping my camera down on the kitchen counter for a profile shot. I used a tripod and my handy dandy remote and spent a few minutes during E's nap for a little shoot. I wanted some shots before I got too uncomfortable and enormous, and I figured this might be my only chance for some decent portraits.

I hate having my portrait taken, but looking back I would love to see a portrait of my mother when she was pregnant with me (I'm sure one exists, but I've yet to see it), and I love seeing individual portraits of my parents from when I was younger.

This shoot made me realize how awkward it can be to stand in front of a camera (even if no one is behind it) and how hard it is to art direct when you're shooting blind. I even ended up loving some of the up-close portraits, which was pretty shocking (especially since I didn't touch these up one bit- probably should have).









13 comments:

Amy said...

Les-you are gorgeous!

Kel said...

stunning.

you're right. it's so hard to direct facial expressions and poses when you're trying to situate yourself behind the camera!

it's funny to see what turns out when you thought you were giving an innocent smile and it comes out like a sarcastic grin or something.

President's Mommy said...

Beautiful!! Great job!

Jenny and Al said...

Wow! I NEVER looked that good pregnant. You are gorgeous. Seriously. I am anxious for baby boy's arrival!

Diana said...

Gorgeous!! I love it- Pregnancy looks so good on you! ! And of course you have the cutest style EVER! Too cute! PS- did you know we have the same bangs now? Aren't they so fun?!

Jane said...

Stunning! And I'm still loving the yellow wedges.

Kim Wheeler Photography said...

You look great! I love the bangs! :)

Brooke said...

You look awesome! Your hair looks so cute too. I need those yellow shoes! I avoided pictures like the plague when I was pregnant. How is your face not chubby? No touch ups? I could never! Let's play before this baby comes!

Shea Petersen said...

gorgeous!

erin said...

I would have come and taken shots of you, but seems like you had everything under control!

Lesley said...

Thanks so much for all of your comments! You sure know how to make a girl feel good about herself, even when she's 8 months pregnant. Thanks!

xo

Hawkins Family said...

Lesley these pictures are beautiful. You did such a good job. Your hair looks really cute!

Kasey Later said...

You look wonderful! Love the hair....and you're right....you'll be so happy to have these pictures later on. I'm so excited for you to have a little boy soon!