Back in June, when my boyfriend was in Rome visiting his family, I learned that one of his best friends and his girlfriend were expecting a baby. I’ve known them for a few years now, and despite the fact that we only meet once or twice a year they have become dear friends to me, too. Back then I was to travel to Rome myself in August so I couldn’t wait to see them to congratulate myself in person and, well, touch the round belly!
I know no better way to congratulate myself than to take the couple out for some photos, and so I did. I am not planning to travel to Rome before the baby comes into this world, so this was going to be my one and only chance to meet them during the pregnancy. Since they live in a seaside town nearby Rome, my first suggestion was to head to the beach during the golden hour for a beach couple photo session. I was in Rome only for six days, but good weather in the summer is a guarantee down there so I knew we would have that perfect orange light any day. And in fact we did. I decided not to shoot them against the light, ideal for softer colours, but to take advantage of the warm tones of the early sunset in full. It gave their tanned skin and fair hair a wonderful glow.
The sixth month might be a tad too early for a proper pregnancy photo shoot, as the baby (and the belly) grows significantly only during the last three months, but this had to do. This may not be the biggest bump I got to photograph, as opposed to the pregnancy photoshoot I did in Sweden two years ago, only a week before the delivery. But I believe that maternity photography is not only about the belly as much as it is about the mom and dad to be. About capturing that incredible and exciting time in their lives when they’re expecting a child. Their first child, in this case.
The baby is a girl, they already know. The mom to be got a lovely necklace with a pink pacifier to wear during the pregnancy. Pink is the colour that symbolizes a baby girl, so her necklace is a symbol of the little woman growing inside her.
Towards the end of our photo session, when the sun had almost set and the sky was all orange, we turned around to take a few more photos against the light. The baby repositioned (was she posing for the photos, too?) and the belly suddenly looked bumpier. We needed to take advantage of that moment.
The baby is due in December. She will arrive when the sun will have a more gentle glow and the temperature will be milder. I will not be there to witness that moment. But I might be there in a year’s time. And I will get to meet the little girl on that same beach, in that same orange light, playing in the sand.