Mum’s striking maternity shoot reveals strength of the female body

Mother crossfit maternity shoot

When Lauren Ferris was deciding what kind of photos to get to mark her second pregnancy, she knew she wanted something different. Something that would embody the fit lifestyle she’s been living with her family for the past five years.

Lauren is a 29-year-old (soon-to-be) mum of two from Connecticut in the United States, and has been attending her local CrossFit studio with her husband for five years. She asked maternity, birth and newborn photographer JoAnn Marrero to capture the unique strength and femininity of her pregnancy in the place she’s most comfortable – a CrossFit studio.

We asked Marerro to tell us a bit more about the stunning black and white photographs she captured of Lauren’s second pregnancy.

Mother crossfit maternity shoot

Photo: JoAnn Marrero

Marrero first met Lauren back in October of 2014 when she captured her eldest son’s birth.

“I’ve never done a CrossFit maternity session before but totally embraced it because it reflects Lauren’s healthy and fit lifestyle and I knew we would have a blast,” Marrero told Babyology.

“Lauren goes to the gym with her husband and son every week, it’s a family thing!”

Mother crossfit maternity shoot

Photo: JoAnn Marrero

“Lauren is very proud of her body and her ability to stay fit during pregnancy even when she’d rather lay on the couch and sleep those pregnancy hormones off.”

Marrero says that since sharing the photos she has been inundated with requests from other pregnant mothers who want a similar photoshoot. She said the shoot has also prompted thousands of mothers to share their photos of feminine strength in pregnancy. “The response has been overwhelmingly wonderful.”

Photo: JoAnn Marrero

“I feel like when mums connect with the picture, it is something that they want for themselves as well,” Marrero says. “Lauren is floored that so many women and men alike are enjoying her photos and post the most beautiful uplifting comments.”

We think these photos are striking, beautiful and a testament to the wonderful strength of the female body, especially in pregnancy.

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