Portraits of Pregnancy

Acclaimed photographer Jennifer Loomis and journalist Hugo Kugiya combine captivating fine-art photographs of pregnant women with intimate stories of their transformative journey into motherhood. The inspiring words and gorgeous photographs of these strong women from all walks of life show others how to deal with conflicting feelings of vulnerability and joy, and underscore that when a baby is born, so too is a mother.

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I met Minnie in our maternity photography session last month. I knew immediately she was going to be my next Mother of the Month because I was so inspired by her. She was beautiful, creative, excited about her pregnancy, pregnancy photogrphy and having a baby – and like me, she decided to have her baby with her boyfriend before getting married.

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Dress

 

Dress
Dress, 2015 Mixed media, silk, rayon and cotton fabric, photographs, Styrofoam, wood, mesh, beef blood, ribbon.

Dress, 2015

Mixed media, silk, rayon and cotton fabric, photographs, foam plastic, wood, mesh, beef blood, ribbon.

Jennifer Loomis

For more than 15 years I have been a film photographer with my primary focus on artistic pregnancy photography and intimate family portraits. I have captured more than 2,000 women and their families during the physical, emotional and mental transformation to motherhood.. With Dress, I am experimenting with a new medium but continuing to comment on the complexities of motherhood, a role I only recently experienced with the birth of my son July 2014.

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Pregnant women account for almost 25% of her lingerie fittings a week, says Ellen.
Lingerie is for pregnant women too
Lingerie is for pregnant women too

As a small business owner who works with pregnant women and families, I meet many other small business owners who do the same. We all help each other. They help me spread the word about maternity photography or family photography whether in Seattle, San Francisco or Seattle. For August, I feature Bellefleur, a lingerie shop in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. I was so impressed with their body-positive mission that I felt they were perfect to be our first feature for this new series. Because as Ellen says “If you don’t … take the time to take care of yourself, it makes it harder to take care of others.”

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August mother of the month

Family photography is about families. I observe families whether they are aware of it or not and strive to make family photographs that capture the love that I see. I met Anna through a friend, and then her partner Emilie when I was looking for someone to take care of my son, Morrison. I just loved the way they are together and I loved how they were with Morrison. Continue reading