When it comes to social media, I feel pretty confident when I say I’ve seen it all.
Videos I’ve watched this week include Bella Hadid on the runway for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a man who punches a kangaroo in the face (ok, that video was wild!), and a picture of a can of spam that looks like Donald Trump.
Like I said, I’ve seen it all.
But I find the pictures I have the most emotional reaction to are photos and videos that are relatable to me right now. And since I’m approximately 1,000 months pregnant this one stopped me in my tracks, and bonus! It’s the work of an Arizona photographer.
This photo of 11 glamorous new mommies and their babies speaks so much louder than anything you’ve seen in a magazine because it is R-E-A-L. Imagine how many diaper changes and crying fits were thrown on this shoot, and I don’t just mean from the babes.
The woman behind the stunning photo shoot is Scottsdale-based photographer Brianna Anderson, a former Neonatal ICU nurse turned photographer. Brianna specializes in maternity and newborn photo shoots.
The first photo was taken in April of 2016, the second was taken this week, eight months later.
Her idea for a styled ‘before-and-after’ shoot was inspired by editorial spreads. “I’ve always wanted to style a group of pregnant women for a more high-end shoot than my usual maternity sessions with couples,” Brianna told CW6. “I envision women of all shapes, heights, and various body types, in various stages of their pregnancies.”
Brianna put out a casting call on her Facebook page for moms-to-be and says the response was overwhelming. She recruited Stylist Risa Kostis of RiStyle Consulting to help select moms and their outfits for the shoot.
The result, both the before and after photos perfectly captured Brianna’s vision of beauty and strength and the indescribable bond between women.
“To me, it represents more than just a bunch of beautiful women… it represents the tribe of motherhood,” said Brianna. “Embracing each other, encouraging each other, and reminding each other that we are all beautiful in our journeys as moms.”
Photography: Brianna Anderson Photography
Styling: Risa Kostis
Floral: Prim Unique Rentals
Makeup: Megan De Haan Cianfrocco & Believing In Beauty
Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids, Free People, Nordstrom, Rachel Pally, Inc, ASOS