May 12, 2004

Wearing our naked clothes

Last time I was pregnant, I didn't do the really organised thing and get photos taken of the growth pattern over the ten months, and wished I had. This time, although the gradual expansion shots are interesting I decided I didn't want a series of photos of me getting fatter - I wanted some really classy ones done at the end, of me being as pregnant as possible. And to really see how the body has changed, there is nothing like taking your clothes off. Then the protrubence from the rib cage, and the way the body curves back into the hips - in fact the sheer drama of how pregnant you look is visible.

Since moving to Wellington we have become friends of James and Caroline. It was a strange start to the relationship - but that is another story. Anyway, James is a photographer in the weekend, and takes some great shots. Him and photographic partner have recently acquired a studio space, and so I asked him if he would be willing to take some photos of me in all my glory (!). He said yes, and last weekend we went to the studio and had photos taken.

There's some shots of the family dressed. And then some with the family naked. And the strange thing is we look a lot more relaxed without clothes, which is not entirely in character. C was running round the studio saying we've got our naked clothes on now!, and we were laughing at him. Somehow, I don't think we will be using those shots as Christmas gifts...

The pictures of me alone look pretty good too. I don't know that I am going to have them framed and put on the wall (though the family shot that I like the most, which is indeed with our naked clothes on, could well be in our bedroom). But I am very pleased to have got a record this time that shows how I look pregnant. Because one thing that is definitely for sure, I ain't getting pregnant again...

Posted by Toni at May 12, 2004 11:35 AM

I find something reassuring in my body changing, getting older, putting on weight, losing it, whatever... (I haven't experienced the pregnancy thing to any great degree) it reminds me that there is ongoing change in everything, even the most fundamental parts of what makes us ourselves.

Posted by: suraya at May 14, 2004 01:16 AM

The whole photo session sounds lovely. I am always amazed at the changes our bodies go through.

Posted by: giffy at May 14, 2004 07:57 AM

It does sound lovely. You totally should use them on your Christmas cards :)

Posted by: Jenni at May 14, 2004 08:38 AM

The problem with using them as Christmas cards is twofold: we should really have the baby in the chrissy photo (and we have never actually wanted to send photos of us as chrissy cards, and we are Not Sure that Connor would like us to have done that in the future... you know, like when he is eighteen and bigger than both of us!

Posted by: toni at May 14, 2004 02:28 PM