Hey, it’s me, Megan Finley Horowitz, your former Managing Editor of this site for a billion years. I’m back with a fun thing to show you guys — my underwater maternity photos. If you’re a long-time reader you might be thinking, “Wait, what? Maternity photos? But weren’t you happily child-free? Didn’t you earn the nickname Baby-Hating Megan? And weren’t you the one who literally wrote the post entitled Why I’m not having kids?” To all that I say… yes. That’s me. And, well, this is also me now…
That’s why I decided to book an underwater maternity session with Maui photographer Amanda Emmes. As a pregnant child-free person I’m sure you can imagine that I find this whole situation to be… weird. I’m in a position, and my body is in a shape, that I never thought I’d be in. It took a while for me to even admit it publicly. And then one day I thought, “You know what… as much as this sucks (the discomfort and the exhaustion and the general weirdness of incubating a human) I should probably document this time in my life. Because I NEVER plan on doing this again. This will be the only time my body will ever look like this.”
Why underwater maternity photos?
Because any time I have my picture taken my brain is all “Have my arms always been this… weird!? Why are my hands so flappy? Is THIS what my smile feels like? HOW DO LEGS WORK!???” Amplify those body issues by, well, two, when you’re pregnant and your body is not your own, your center of gravity changes, you’ve gained weight in places you aren’t used to gaining weight, and there’s a fucking human being kicking around inside your mid section.
But from a previous underwater photography experience I had, I remembered that there’s no time for negative self talk and body image issues while you’re in the ocean! It’s all “just hold your breath and point your toes” and let the water do the rest.
And the result is all this mermaid awesomeness…
Did anyone else feel weird about having maternity photos? How did you get over the awkwardness of having your photo taken?