When I was about seven months pregnant one of my good friends surprised me with a maternity photoshoot. Without her, I never would have captured what I now look back on as one of the most hopeful and calm times of my life. I loved being pregnant, and I loved how I looked.
I didn’t have a perfect “watermelon” bump, and I got stretch marks eventually. But when I look back on these photos I can envision my little girl safe inside my tummy, just waiting to be born. It makes a knot form in my stomach thinking about it – how little I knew of the joy so close at hand.
Motherhood is beautiful, in all its forms.
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Here are some of my favourite shots from my maternity session. Photos by Janine Knowal www.janinekowalphotography.com
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I reached out to Mamas for Mamas see if we could design a charity wrap together, with $5 from each wrap donated to their cause. I asked if they had a particular mama they wanted to name the wrap after, and that’s when this project became larger and more touching than I ever could have imagined.
This is the story they wrote back with, asking for us to name the wrap - The Samara.