Helena at Mickey's Beach, Highway 1, CA

BABY LAILAH BORN 7 LB

 

I loved posing for this photo! I've lived near the ocean my entire life -- it's a very profound part of my memories. This particular spot is special to my husband, Eric, and me because it is where we got married several months earlier, when our daughter was a much smaller presence inside me. Reclining on a rock in the midst of the breaking waves and swirling water was one of the most peaceful experiences of my pregnancy. I left the shoot feeling calm, invigorated, and thoroughly sexy, feminine, powerful, and maternal.

 

Although I have loved my pregnancy, often my increased bulk has made me feel ungraceful -- at times, positively leviathan. But nude and pregnant, I feel free, beautiful, as light as air, and as complete as the earth. I can't wait to show our daughter how beautiful she was before she was even born.