This is my belly.

Six pregnancies. A dozen years of baby-making. And this is the first time there’s been a record of what I look like while growing another human being.

These photos were shot by the lovely and talented Tracey Clark. That’s right. The founder of Shutter Sisters and keeper of the Mother May I blog. And they almost didn’t happen. We were in Houston for the Mom 2.0 Summit. Tracey suggested we do a photo shoot. I explained how non-photogenic I am. She assured me it would be great. So on a busy Saturday, just after I had spoken on the keynote panel, and then shot a bunch of video interviews for Kirtsy, I changed into something form fitting (Tracey’s brilliant suggestion) and met Tracey in her hotel room. We had 20 minutes before Tracey needed to speak on her own panel.

20 minutes.

And I almost canceled when I realized the time was so short. But I’m so glad I didn’t.

I love how the photos turned out. Tracey said all the right things to keep me comfortable during the shoot. She was fantastic. It was a treat to spend time with her. Thank you, dear Tracey!

What about you? Have you ever taken maternity portraits? Did you bare your belly? (I didn’t think I would dare, but then I went for it.) Come back later today for some lovely Tracey Clark Giveaway Goodness. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite takes from the shoot: