Creative Marriages Shoot and Learning to Embrace the Bump

When we were in Puerto Vallarta a few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get to do a photoshoot with the INSANELY talented @michellekimphoto and @kellydlux from the inspirational photo series project @creativemarriages. 

“Kelly and Michelle founded Creative Marriages out of pure curiosity — curiosity about how other married couples resolve, balance and take care of one another in an otherwise busy and self-indulgent culture.” I love them and their passion for this. Definitely check them out if you’re in Cali for a shoot! Not only will you have the best time getting pictures taken and being all lovey with your honey, but you will have so much fun getting to know this awesome duo. The laughs you see in these photos are the real deal.

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We did a few photos by the water that were more casual. I wore something flowy and hid the bump a little. Even though I’m around 6 months pregnant, it was kind of fun to look at these photos and feel as if I wasn’t actually in that awkward “is that a baby belly or a food belly” stage. ?? They did a great job of capturing that for me. They have my heart.

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Then, I decided to wear something tighter and show off the bump. I’m not going to lie this was kind of hard for me at first. I’m still not used to seeing my middle growing so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I get to be pregnant and grow this beautiful baby. Everything about it is truly amazing and a gift that I wouldn’t trade, but it still something my body has to go through and it’s weird. It does not change how in love I already am with this baby, but truth be told, sometimes I get very self-conscious about it and have to remind myself to accept and love my body where it’s at and all that it’s going through. To all you sweet people who come up to me and say “oh my gosh I didn’t even realize you were pregnant. I just thought you had a little extra around your middle,” I know you mean well, but just no. Don’t. And please don’t touch it, I don’t know you that well.
I know many beautiful women who start wearing their tight baby-bumpin clothes immediately and walk around showing off their belly in all it’s glory, and they look fabulous and I’m jealous. But I’m not quite there yet…I’m learning to embrace the bump, so bear with me. I know many of you keep asking for “more bump photos,” and I’m getting there. Let’s just start with these for now.

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I love that these aren’t actually “maternity” photos. How often do we as marrieds get photos taken together that aren’t engagement, wedding, or baby related?

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Have you been pregnant? How did you feel as you watched your belly grow. Was it easy or hard for you? Did you ever feel self-conscious or did you learn to embrace it right from the beginning?



  1. I totally understand how you feel, I’m 34 weeks pregnant and have been feeling the same way, trying to embrace the process and the beauty of what a woman’s body can do but it’s challenging!

  2. Love your pictures! You do look stunning and I’m also 6 months pregnant! With my second,. I almost feel more self conscious about my body this second time around, even thought I have gained less and was in better shape going into this pregnancy. I have days I envy and wish for my non pregnant body, but I have days where I really enjoy the bump and am so thankful to know I’m growing and sustaining life!! I think it’s normal for any woman to have those ever changing thoughts! Stay well and best of luck!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes I agree it is kind of an up and down rollercoaster. Nonetheless though it is an incredible thing our bodies can do and I am so grateful! Congrats on your little babe!!

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