My last maternity shoot in Cambridge with Emma Shaw Photography

Doing an outdoor shoot is such a fun thing to do as a blogger. Taking tours of new places, meeting up with other creatives and photographers as well as planning outfits down to the very last detail. It’s a lot of effort, and on this shoot (my last maternity shoot) I found it to be the toughest one yet. BUT… I think that this was one of the most rewarding days for so many reasons. Here’s what happened on my last maternity shoot in Cambridge with Emma Shaw Photography.

I have known Emma as a photographer and friend for many years. She took one of the first couple photos of Paul and I way back when, which now resides on canvas in our home. I absolutely love her style and skill, so when we decided to have a little meet up for a maternity shoot around Cambridge, I knew it was going to be a good’n!

We didn’t make a specific plan of where to shoot, we just walked through the streets and found some beautiful places within minutes.

Dress: Boohoo Maternity

Shoes: Melissa

We stopped around the punting area and Queens’ College for lunch at the Anchor Pub. They did a wonderful gluten free bunless burger for me. I had time for a quick outfit change too!

These shots were taken around the punting area as you walk down beside the canal. We were blessed with a beautiful day- not too sunny so no reflectors required!

Dress: Lindex (not maternity, just got a bigger size!)

Shoes: Peacocks

The final outfit and shots were quite hard for me as we had been going and walking for a good portion of the late morning and early afternoon. My hips and back were just not up to going much further, so we decided to do a circle and make our way back into town to where we started. Paul gallantly helped me change behind some trees (as you do) as there weren’t many shops or toilets nearby the college grounds.

I love this shot below Emma took. It sort of looks like I’m smuggling a basketball under my dress but the colours and scenery are stunning!

Dress: Lindex (again, just got a bigger size)

Shoes: H&M

So after a very slow walk back to the start, we parted ways after a very action packed day out. I had such a blast with Emma, she is the number one gal for effortless outdoor shots. My last maternity shoot in Cambridge with Emma Shaw Photography was definitely one of the highlights during my pregnancy.

I couldn’t resist getting a photo with one of the many cows just laying around amidst the bustling tourists- I guess they’re used to the attention!

Saharasplash x

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Have you had a maternity shoot done before? Would love to know how it went and see some pics! Tweet me @saharasplash xxx

Maternity Photoshoot at 27 Weeks

I always knew that when I fell pregnant I would want to do a maternity shoot. Being a lifestyle blogger has only made my photography craze more apparent and I guess there are a few reasons behind this. First, it’s about documentation. Not only can I look back through my posts, I like to think that it’s something I’m leaving behind for future generations. Second is about good quality. The more I blog, the more I want to improve upon my skills so that I can be proud of each post and know that they are getting better and better each time. So here we are with a maternity photoshoot at 27 weeks.

The start of July saw Paul and I venture a few miles down the road from Ipswich to Bramford. We were meeting a local photographer called Kerrie who runs her own business- Beautiful Creations Photography. She is known for newborn and family shoots so I was thrilled to be spending a few hours with her on a lovely Saturday morning.

We found the most perfect corn field to take some wonderful shots, it was super relaxed and a lot of fun, though a little hot in that field!

I’m in love with how the shots turned out. Kerrie brought along several props including a floral bouquet which matched my dress so well.

The dress I’m wearing is a maternity dress from Chi Chi London found via Love The Sales.* It made me feel like a woodland nymph as we took to our next backdrop against the trees.

I couldn’t help but bring Paul in for this last shot- Kerrie did the most amazing job at capturing our family in the moment like this.

Bring on the next maternity shoot planned for when I reach 33 weeks! Have you had/would you like to have a maternity shoot? Let me know in the comments!

Saharasplash x

Find Kerrie’s Facebook page here

*This post is via Love The Sales

If you liked this maternity photoshoot at 27 weeks, here’s my latest post on baby essentials!

Best Bras at six months

I’ve heard a lot of pregnancy announcements this past month from personal friends as well as on social media. I’m sure you have noticed a pregnancy bug going round in the blogging industry! Falling pregnant at the start of this year means that while many are entering their second trimester, I am now starting my third. I guess this works in my favour slightly, and so I wanted to do a helpful blog post for those mamas to be out there! This post is all about the best bras at six months.

Bravado Designs

Seamless Nursing bra in Silver Belle 

Bravado is an award winning brand specialising in maternity and nursing bras. These bras are designed to go from bump to baby and are so comfy. At 18 weeks I was measured as a 32DD bra size, which is a size S on the Bravado sizing chart for this bra.

Monogrammed Leggings by Dharmabums

Bravado have designed their bras with a clip system so that it’s easy to detach when breast feeding. I love the colour range in this bra, there are so many to choose from!

Price: £30

Bravado Designs

Sweet Pea Nursing bra in Pink Lemonade

Usually pink is not my go to bra choice, but this just jumped out at me and looked so fabulous. I’m wearing a 34 B/C here which fits just right!

Again with the magic straps, this bra is so supportive without having the uncomfy underwire as my bump now reaches higher up my torso. I think it looks like an Easter egg if you look at my bump face on!

Price: £26

Hunkemöller

Ava Padded non underwired bra in Grey 

This next set isn’t a specific maternity set, but don’t be put off in buying non-specific maternity bras when brands like Hunkemöller can provide! I adore this set from their non underwired range.

Ava Bra: £25 (size 32D)

Ava Brazilian Brief: £12 (size M)

The detailing is stunning and makes me feel like I’m still stylish- all mums to be shouldn’t have to compromise on underwear when buying the best bras at six months or at any stage. Find exciting brands that work with your new shape and help you to feel great about your body.

I hope this has helped a few of you out who are struggling to find bras whatever stage you are at in pregnancy. Would love to hear your stories in the comments below if you are having trouble, or if you have already tried these particular bras out.

Saharasplash x

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