I absolutely adore photographing pregnant women. They are so glorious and elegant in their roundness, perfect Madonna's. Gloria, 7 months pregnant, didn't disappoint, except for the fact that, even though she was carrying only in her belly, we had to keep prodding a pushing and turning the little tiny thing so that the belly would show! She was a super good sport about it, though, and hubby Sean, daughters, Kiley and Taylor and neice Amethyst just rounded out the fun. We shot on the grounds of the JW Marriott, which I think is my favorite place to shoot in the Phoenix area, and it was pretty gosh darn cold out, but Glamorous Gloria was incredible! There should be no way that a pregnant woman could look this good! She looked all glowy and dewey, with very "now" hair and absolutely perfect makeup. Her arms and legs are more toned than mine, and I'm here to tell you, I'm not pregnant. For those of you who are photographers trying to get insight into why I do what I do...I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I don't really have a rhyme or reason on how I shoot...of course there are some poses that everyone adores, so I always shoot them, but all of a sudden I recalled a shot that the great Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Ioss had shot, with a swimsuit model on a gourd. I couldn't get it out of my head, but of course, gourds aren't just always hanging around in the desert. The sun had sunk behind the horizon. We were walking out the parking lot, and there were a triumvirate of giant gourd-like vases just hanging out there. I have walked past them a thousand times, without even noticing them, but I knew that Gloria would not only pull it off...she would make it her own. And she did, of course! Another moment for the books. Ahhhh, photography. I just love it. To see that particular image, you're just going to have to mosey over to my facebook page: (but not until later this evening...ooh, the anticipation of it all! ) http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Anthem-AZ/Barbara-Stitzer-Photography/45325794506?ref=ts, and while you're there, why don't you become a fan! You'll have access to the latest and greatest as it happens, and it's a lot of fun!