When I was asked to write a piece on how pregnancy has changed me… my first thought was where do I begin? It has changed me in EVERY way. I guess if I had to talk about the biggest change though, it would be in how I came to view my body. Throughout both of my pregnancies I was struck by the way that watching my body grow and carry a child forever transformed the way I viewed my body and myself. Instead of looking for flaws or trying to change myself, all of a sudden I was so utterly amazed by how strong and miraculous my body was. Never have I felt more beautiful, more strong, or more perfectly made, than when I have been pregnant. Without my control, my body was (and now is again) growing, nurturing, and supporting a human life. For someone who has always tried to control everything, this was a life changing revelation… that sometimes you can just let things be and all will unfold as it should. I learned that when I listened to my body and followed it’s inner intuition, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. I learned to trust my body and myself. A valuable lesson for motherhood for sure. For me, the months when my babies have been inside me have constituted the most special times in my life. Pregnancy is the beginning of the mother child bond, the strongest bond that could ever exist. I think that is why pregnancy pictures have been so important to me with both pregnancies… I wanted to capture the feeling of having my precious babies inside of me. I never want to forget the way my belly looks when it is round and big and beautiful! It’s such a special time and such a gift.
Tracy Marshall is a lifestyle photographer who resides in Maryland with her husband and three small children. As a bayside photographer, her photography captures an elegant chapter of a love story for her coastal families. Her intimate and natural photographs emit a leisurely coastal vibe that reflect her Annapolis roots. Tracy believes it is a gift to hold a photograph. They are heirlooms for you to remember those precious moments with those you love. Her passion is capturing the smallest details of a story so that it may be told for generations to come. Tracy is also the co-publisher of the blog, Olde Town Style. (www.oldetownstyle.com)