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. Already getting attention, Portraits of Pregnancy will be featured in Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy Magazine and has been endorsed by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (Filmmakers of The Business of Being Born and authors of Your Best Birth), Peg Moline (VP/Editor-In-Chief of Fit Pregnancy), Jeff Probst (Host of Survivor), Erica Lyon (Founder & Director of Education at realbirth and author of The Big Book of Birth), and mom’s groups from coast to coast. This is the ideal gift for the 3.5 million women who become pregnant in the US each year.
Winner of a 2010 PubWest Book Design Award
Praise for Portraits of Pregnancy:
The Birth of a Mother
“Jennifer’s evocative and moving portraits of pregnancy will captivate you and the stories of these women’s diverse journeys to motherhood will touch your heart.” — Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, Filmmakers of The Business of Being Born and authors of Your Best Birth.
“By now, we’ve all seen gorgeous photographs of pregnant women. But Jennifer Loomis’ Portraits of Pregnancy goes further by giving us an intimate look at pregnant women and their stories. No matter who you are – young, older, single, married, part of a traditional couple or same-sex couple, small, big, tattooed or pierced – you can see yourself represented in this book, and think, “I am beautiful, too.” Very touching and valuable, indeed.” — Peg Moline, VP/Editor-In-Chief of Fit Pregnancy.
“Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother is an amazing collection of portraits of more than fifty women – each entry shows a black-and-white photograph revealing the beauty of pregnancy, accompanied by text that details her journey to motherhood. The women in the photographs are nude or nearly nude, but the context is not overtly sexual; it is about celebrating pregnancy and motherhood. From celebrity moms to single moms to a lesbian couple who had two children through a sperm donation from a longtime gay friend, the woman portrayed come from an immense diversity of backgrounds. Difficult issues such as the challenge of being a single parent, dealing with repeated miscarriage, and the ominous press of post-partum depression are also covered. A glorious and ultimately positive portrayal of pregnancy, especially recommended as a wonderful baby shower gift for expectant moms.” — Midwest Book Review
“This is a book that shows the beauty of pregnancy in all its vulnerable, raw, sensual and powerful forms. Through stunning photos and personal narratives of the subjects, Jennifer shows us a world where women inspire each other through the fullness of their graceful form and touching quotes. It’s a book that will make every pregnant woman feel beautiful.” — Erica Lyon, CCE, realbirth Founder & Director of Education, Author, The Big Book of Birth.
“Jennifer’s photographs are works of art, incorporating honesty, vulnerability, and a sense of humor. Every woman she photographs looks absolutely beautiful.” — Jeff Probst, host of the Survivor television series.
“Jennifer Loomis has been capturing the beauty and essence of pregnant women with her lens for years. This book reveals the magic and emotional journeys of her subjects. The photographs and stories combine sophistication and grace with a raw truth that left me captivated from the first page. There is a photo and story that every woman will connect with. This is a book that will inspire and that you will be excited to give.” — Jessica Denay, author of the Hot Mom Handbook series and founder of the Hot Moms Club.