Thursday, March 04, 2010

Belly



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:








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85 Comments:

Blogger Lauren said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Aren't you so glad you have those photos?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

These photos are utterly beautiful and you, my dear, are indeed utterly photogenic! So glad you did not cancel! -christine

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marianne said...

These are amazing! You look so gorgeous!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:53:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kristin Jo said...

Very lovely! I need to get on the ball about getting some done before its all over in May!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kariane said...

These are fantastic! You look simply beautiful.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:55:00 AM EST  
Blogger Dana said...

Your preggo photos are beautiful, enchanting even. I'm glad you went for it. I think they will be just as special for your unborn baby to look back at these as they will be for you. You look absolutely lovely.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:56:00 AM EST  
Blogger roxanne said...

These pictures really make me want to have another baby...too bad I never looked this good pregnant.

Gorgeous photos Gabby!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Full House said...

THOSE ARE AMAZING! Some of the best maternity photos around.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Christy said...

Just gorgeous!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger MamaEm said...

Beautiful! The right photographer can make a woman feel like a million dollars... and it shows in the photos. Nicely done here. She captured your glow!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stephanie said...

These are stunning images. I love how Tracey incorporated so many other elements into the images to create interesting, but simple backdrops. The lighting is really pretty too. What an efficient use of 20 minutes!

awesome.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kim said...

I have done pregnancy pictures with all 4 of my babies. I am so glad I did too. It is interesting to go back and look at them and see how I was feeling with each of them.
These are beautiful shots Mama!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amber said...

6 pregnancies!! you look absolutely stunning. I had pictures taken by my cousin and I am really glad I did. I still can't believe how much my body changed...it is such a wonderful miracle.

thank you so much for sharing!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger kia said...

You make a beautiful pregnant woman! Thanks for sharing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica said...

You look gorgeous!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree. these photos are absolutely gorgeous and you have the cutest belly ever!!!
:)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:14:00 PM EST  
Blogger zchamu said...

I see now why you've done this so many times - you're obviously excellent at it, gorgeous lady!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger confused homemaker said...

Lovely photos. What a beautiful gift of memories to look back on.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:26:00 PM EST  
Anonymous amanda said...

These are exquisite. My husband snapped a photo at the end of my second pregnancy. It was unplanned and private (oh the granny undies) but I cherish it with all of my being. Though it is one child, somehow it captures each of my three pregnancies— the wonder and magic.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Erin Wallace said...

These are simply beautiful.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Courtney said...

those are some truly gorgeous photos.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous mommyingaround said...

Nice! I think pregnant belly photos are a must take for all moms-to-be. It amazing how much your body changes and it's great to be able to look back on that. I'm not photogenic either so when we took my pictures, we focused on my chest and belly so most of the shots didn't even have my face in them. I was so impressed with how they turned out, I photoshopped them in black/white, touched them up and then framed them for our bedroom :) Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Damaris said...

these are wonderful and you'll love them for ever and so will your baby.

My favorite picture of my mom is one where she is pregnant of me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

Those photos are beautiful! I especially love the one with the cityscape in the background. I finally took photos with my fourth pregnancy and I'm so glad I did! (And yes, I even did some nude ones--tasteful, of course, with the important areas covered...and only my husband saw those!)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM EST  
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Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger cay said...

Wow. Lovely photos. Those of us who hope to bear children also hope to look that great!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jenny said...

These are great! I had some photos taken the day I had my third... we were in the hospital room with my doula and a girl that was shadowing her for my delivery. She brought her camera and took some photos, but unfortunately she had to leave suddenly and I never heard from her again. I would love to have seen them.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger brittany said...

you've got some really great pregnancy genes. beautiful shots.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger m e l said...

When I had my 3rd, and last, a year ago, I thought about having photos taken to document it. I didn't. These photos make me wish I had. They are beautiful.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger NestBliss said...

Ya know I am not a pregnant belly picture person but these are really great and the mood is great and the setting is unique and is talks about where you were and what was going on in your life when you were pregnant - love them!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger SarahSews said...

The photos are beautiful and I can only imagine looking that good after 6 pregnancies!

When I was pregnant with my son, I forced my hubby to take lots of photos of me. We had struggled for 3 years to conceive and had been through two losses. I didn't know how it would all turn out but I wanted photos to remind me of how I felt and looked and what it was like to grow him. Being pregnant was such a gift that I wanted to cherish just for me.
And yes, we took some naked belly shots. We did two sets at two different beaches. One at 32 weeks when we thought I might not be pg much longer due to complications and another at 37 weeks as we neared the end of my pg. I love them, stretch marks and all.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger karey m. said...

this makes me tear right up! i don't know why, but the one of you at the window with the city outside?

just made my heart burst.

it's like, get ready, baby!

ugh. love love love.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger LydiaB said...

At 34 and a half weeks pregnant, I got a wild hair and set my camera up in front of a curtain in our bedroom, set the auto timer and stepped in front. I remembered thinking that soon it wouldn't just be me and my little girl, soon I would share her with the world. I was so glad I paused to capture the moment, especially when I went into labor just a few days later!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

I love all of them, but I think the 3rd one from the top is my favorite. You'd never know you were in a hotel room, so stunning! I haven't done maternity pics with my 2 pregnancies, and seeing how well done these are makes me kinda sad I didn't.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah Bradley said...

You look simply stunning! I hope one day I can do pictures like this!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

love it! i did bear my belly and while i NEVER enjoy seeing the photos now it is neat to have them :) you have ONLY gained in the belly, totally jealous of you for that!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Autumn said...

Wonderful photos! Never did preg portraits and never considered it, but if I looked like you during pregnancy, I would in a heartbeat! VERY nice.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Torrie said...

These are lovely!

I took pictures of my belly every week when I was pregnant- even some nudes, and I cherish the photos.

Here's the set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/torrie/sets/72157594304111463/

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger amy smart said...

Gorgeous photos, Gabby! I always looked forward to my belly-button 'popping' but it never did. Just a giant black hole. Maybe that is why I never did a belly shot. :(

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 3:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger michelle said...

You look amazing amazing. I love the idea of doing a pregnancy shoot for your last child. There's something so special about capturing all that your body has produced!

I only hope to look half as amazing as you!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:09:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stop panic attacks said...

Wow you look fantastic. Beautiful, strong, healthy. You are amazingly photogenic, what are you talking about??
Blessings to you Mommy,
Jill

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Bethany said...

How lovely! Wish I looked that great being pregnant, i'm jealous!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anne said...

love the photos!
you are all belly and look wonderful!
too many scars and stretch marks here to actually show my belly, but it is neat to have a few pictures of changes. :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Joy said...

Stunning!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:45:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mauri said...

Love the pictures! You look beautiful pregnant. I took pregnancy pictures when I was pregnant with my little girl 3 years ago. I thought it would be my last pregnancy so I decided to go for it. My sister-in-law took the pictures, she's a wonderful photographer. I wasn't going to bare my belly, but she talked me into it and I was so happy with the beautiful shots she got.
Now I'm pregnant with my 5th baby, but I don't know if I'll do any this time.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica Lords said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING. I cannot believe that you have had five other children, that is ridiculous. You just look incredibly fantastic. You should be absolutely in LOVE with your pregnant body, and I hope your husband is loving every minute of it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

These pictures are stunning. Beautiful photography, beautiful mommy.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

Non-photogenic, my big toe. Good for you!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5:31:00 PM EST  
Anonymous maryland mortgage modification said...

These photos are so beautiful.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5:38:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Lindsey Rose Johnson said...

You gorgeous lady, you. Gabby. You look great. I'm so excited for your new little #6. The world is a better place with more Blairs in it. XOXO

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger MsScreensiren said...

You look beautiful! Hard to believe this is a belly from #6.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful baby belly. You're not so bad yourself =) I love baby bellies and I love rubbing them...myself or others who will let me. That reads weird but I promise I'm not crazy. I just think growing babies is amazing! And I love/loved the feeling of them moving.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger janeen said...

gorgeous pictures!! i hope i stay in as good of shape during my pregnancy :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Natasha said...

It sounds so hokey, but looking at those photos and seeing a mom who is pregnant with her sixth child just takes my breath away.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8:30:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kage said...

I am SO SO glad I got mine taken. I actually modeled through my pregnancy so have GREAT "souvenirs" of the whole thing, but I did do a special photoshoot. THISISCARRIE styled the shoot, so it was great to have her and my daughter as part of it. You can see the best ones here

I did a nursing photoshoot when the baby was 10 weeks old. I felt a bit shy and exposed thinking about the shoot, but the photographer made me feel so comfortable and I do not regret the experience. It is the first moment went I felt a deep love for my new baby.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger stephanie said...

Beatific is what you are. Like something conjured by Raphael! Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger debra said...

I have a two and a half month old + just brought a nine year old son home from Haiti...

I thought it would take me a while to miss the pregnant belly...

these pictures just made it happen.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tamara said...

These make me want to do this again! And my last round was TWINS :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9:55:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pics! I can't believe that you have had 6 babies! What's your secret;)

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 10:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Aly said...

Amazing photos. You are one gorgeous mama! I can't believe you have had 6 pregnancies! Looks like it's your first!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:20:00 PM EST  
Anonymous jill said...

BEAUTIFUL! You look amazing!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Michelle said...

Stunning Gabrielle. Really really amazingly beautiful, lovely photos. What an unbelievable gift she has.

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:37:00 AM EST  
Blogger andrea nina said...

absolutely gorgeous. the photos looks stunning. you look like a natural, and tracey has great talent!

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:27:00 AM EST  
Blogger ruthandnancy said...

You look great! I think we are due in the same month, second daughter for me, and I kind of feel like I look great, too:)

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 2:07:00 AM EST  
Blogger mandiegirl said...

Beautiful! I hope to look that awesome when I'm pregnant! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger pieface said...

It's like you're made just have babies. This CAN'T be the last one.

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:40:00 AM EST  
Blogger janelle perkins said...

6 babies and no stretch marks? You rock! Lovely photos!

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:03:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did a great job! Love all the curves.

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 4:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Our Blog Spot said...

Oh my goodness. It is not possible to have better hair than yours. You have got to be kidding me. And that body had six kids ? Highly unlikely.

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger Barbie said...

I REALLY REALLY like these photos, especially in place of the nudie shots some do. You look beautiful, and I might just have to do something similar one day (the ultimate compliment, right?).

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:56:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Julie Stephens said...

Awesome! I love belly shots! I had mine planned to the last detail, but preeclampsia cut that idea short! On the way to the hospital, we stopped by the studio and my husband ending up snapping a few. Oh, well, better luck next time. :-)

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger acutely cherished said...

These are amazing shots! Very tasteful!

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger sisters gulassa said...

Oh my goodness, these are simply stunning! You are so impossibly tiny and perfect with this beautiful belly! My biggest regret was not making a photo shoot of the newborn and my naked body post-pregnancy, so I say now get this talented photographer to take a session of you and baby when its born! GORGEOUS!

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 3:13:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes!

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 12:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger queenoftheclick said...

You look so beautiful!

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:44:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer James said...

You look stunning! Brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful!

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger gina said...

Absolutely beautiful. You make it look so good -

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 10:45:00 PM EST  
Blogger Venessa said...

how incredible! you look so amazing after 6 pregnancies! I hope I am blessed in the same way!

Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8:40:00 PM EST  
Blogger kayce hughes said...

jealous.

Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger handmade charlotte said...

you are sooooooo pretty...

Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Non-photogenic? Um. No. The Opposite, actually.

You are beautiful!

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 5:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Rebecca said...

so beautiful

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 3:11:00 AM EST  
Blogger Mindy said...

These are beautiful! I can't believe they were shot in a hotel room!! How wonderful!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:03:00 PM EST  
Anonymous andrea said...

These are beautiful and so inspiring!

Friday, March 12, 2010 at 8:56:00 AM EST  
Blogger ZDub said...

I love this series, you are a very lucky lady to have them.

And I cannot believe SIX, you are my hero!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:11:00 PM EDT  

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