As my pregnancy progressed and my belly grew I knew I wanted to capture this special time in my life by getting maternity pictures taken. In my opinion I will never be 30 years old and pregnant again, so I figured it was a good time to show my growing belly, so that I can always remember what I looked like during this pregnancy. Let’s face it…as time goes on and I get older my body will never be the same, especially after giving birth so I might as well take advantage of the body I have right now!

I looked into a few maternity photographers, and finally ended up choosing Lori from Ava Jack Photography in Long Island. The name Ava Jack comes from the names of her two kids. I saw the pictures from her website and knew that she was what I was looking for. She does Maternity, Babies, Kids, and Day After (wedding type shoot).   She also was looking to do a maternity shoot outside in the park and I thought that would be perfect. On top of that she agreed to do a studio shoot so I could do more “belly” shots. I was going to get the best of both worlds!

Meeting Lori was great! She was so personable and easy to work with. We met up at a beautiful local park. Captain Awesome was such a good sport because he came too. I really wanted pictures with him, along with our little Tinkerbell. That is our family you know! And with little Christian still in my belly I wanted to have us all there. here are a few of the shots!

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I loved getting the pictures taken! For these pictures she really wanted to show that not all maternity pictures need to be studio pictures or bare belly ones. She wanted to show that fully clothed casual shots can also make for beautiful pictures…and I think she certainly captured that! (If I do say so myself!)

Next came the studio pictures! I really wanted some bare belly ones because like I said above, I really wanted to show my pregnant belly so I can remember. I think someday it will be fun to show Christian what mommy looked like while he was in my belly. For this shoot I was really up for anything, and so was Lori. I’m not a very shy person, so to be honest most of the pictures from this shoot are for me and The Captain alone..lol We did lingerie shots, and some of those “demi moore” type almost naked shots. I personally think they came out great! She did them so tastefully, and they were exactly what I was looking for in a studio shoot. I made The Captain come for a few shots too because I thought it was important for him to get in a few shots…here are some of the ones that are G rated…

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As you can see I liked the black and whites from this shoot the best..lol they are more forgiving on the belly! I had so much fun playing model!

I was so happy that I had these done. I think its something that people don’t think about when they are pregnant, but I know that I will cherish all these photos, and will love looking back at this time in my life. I also think some of these will be great additions to the nursery decor!

If you are in the Long Island area I definitely recommend Lori of Ava Jack Photography for any photos you may need of yourself or your little ones. She truly is great to work with, and her pictures come out amazing! You can contact Lori here for more information! She is also a new sponsor on my blog so you can check out her badge over on the right sidebar!

Ava Jack photography provided me with these pictures for the purposes of this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.