Last night, my super talented friend took my maternity photos. I never really wanted to do maternity pics with the boys. I didn’t feel all that pretty during their pregnancies and was glad to document them with a few photos here and there, but that was about it. This time though, I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m carrying this baby so differently or simply the fact that I’m having a baby girl, but I just feel really good about my bump.
I had planned on doing photos with a photographer, but some life stuff happened and suddenly I had to cancel the shoot and I didn’t think I was going to get any maternity pics after all. I was so disappointed. But then, my friend Bri said she would take them for me I was over the moon excited.
I knew two things that I wanted for the pictures. I knew I wanted them to be unique, and I knew I wanted to wear a floral crown for a few of them. That’s right. I wanted the full on flower child, earth goddess, mother-in-bloom look. I have a vintage dress from my aunt who passed away a few years ago and I knew that a floral crown and her dress would get me the look I wanted.
A little research proved that floral crowns weren’t too hard to DIY, so I decided I’d give it a try. I also decided to use fake flowers because they were a) more affordable and b) more forgivable since I’ve never worked with flowers before.
I went to the dollar tree to see what they had first, before going to a craft store. I thought they might have a few of the items I needed. I was in luck! I found everything I needed there, and only spent a grand total of $5. For the crown you need:
-a variety of flowers in different sizes, shapes, and colors
-floral tape (optional)
Step by step directions
Cut all the flowers, leaving about 1 inch of stem
Measure off enough floral wire to fit your head, allowing for a little bit of room for the flowers.
Hold the flower stem flush with the wire. Take a smaller piece of floral wire and wrap around both the stem and the base until secure. I did one flower type at a time, starting with the smallest and filling in with the largest.
Go back around and clip stems or wires that are too long, adding more wire to flowers that aren’t secure enough and (if desired) adding floral tape to smooth things out.
Put that floral crown on and let your inner flower child shine!
And now for the sneak peek…
These photos were taken in the creek behind our house. The same creek my boys play in. The same creek my brother and I grew up playing in. It was so special to have these pictures taken here, in such a beautiful, meaningful setting.
What’s more, ever since I found out I was having a girl, I’ve had this sense of who she will be. The verse that constantly comes to mind is:
Jeremiah 17:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
I wanted to take a few maternity pictures with my feet rooted in the creek, just as I know my baby girl will have roots that run deep, that will provide her with a constant source of nourishment, and will in turn produce wonderful things in her life.
I can’t wait to meet you, baby girl.