I was not what you would call a pretty pregnant person. Some ladies are lucky enough to appear like they are holding watermelons under their shirts when pregnant, while others like me find that pregnancy swelling makes you feel and look like Violet Beauregarde after she eats that forbidden piece of gum.
For those of us who found pregnancy to be not our best time photo-wise, the ingenious photographer Adam Opris has taken the pregnant woman's credo of "I feel like a whale" to heart and has come up with a way to make you feel like the beautiful pregnant goddess you always wanted to me.
I present to you: Mermaid Moms
Fine, so Opris doesn't actually call them mermaid mom shoots, but I am a child of the 90s. I grew up singing Part of Your World while swimming in the pool for hours on end, all while trying so hard to copy that move Ariel does when she thrusts herself up on to the rocks right as the waves crash around her and the song comes to a crescendo. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Besides, even if you've never tried brushing your hair with a fork, who wouldn't want a photo of themselves looking like this:
Opris is a wedding photographer who lives by the ocean in Florida. In what is either a brilliant marketing ploy or a stroke of artistic genius, he came up with the idea doing maternity shoots underwater. Opris told the Huffington Post, "After doing some research on safety and pregnancy, I realized that being in the water was not only safe when done right, but recommended for pregnant women as it is a great way to relieve stress off their backs and joints."
These photos looks like heaven. I swam during my pregnancy and it really was soothing to float in the water, even if I looked nothing like this. I thought my Autumn themed maternity pictures with me standing by some leaves were so creative, but after seeing these mermaid pictures, I'm over it. These pictures are almost beautiful enough to make me want to get pregnant again so I can have a re-shoot. Almost.
(Photos: Facebook/Adam Opris)