You’re probably familiar with Danielle Guenther, a US-based family photographer that captures the realities of parenting through her hilarious photography. Now the photographer is turning her attention to maternity shots, but not like the ones we’re used to.
No soft focus or artistic makeup. No sunsets highlighting the background. No silk sheets draped over a pregnant belly. And certainly no beach shots.
This, mums and dads, is what being pregnant really looks like.
Danielle’s latest series, which she is calling What the Bump?! delves deep into the realm of real-life maternity shots.
Shopping trips with the kids, attempting business meetings with morning sickness and performing poses to bring on labour are only some of the situations she stages in her ongoing series.
“A lot of the time, people don’t want to talk about the struggle of how hard it can be, but at the same time that it’s crazy and chaotic, there are all these moments that are perfect,” she says. “You have this beautiful side and this crazy side to it at the same time, and that’s a fun combination to capture.”
In addition to morning sickness, shopping trips and yoga poses, Danielle also combines the chaos of parenting toddlers with pregnancy cravings in her photo titled ‘Priorities’.
She also touches on the joys of transport with ‘It’s Go Time’ (below).
As Danielle explains, the series is not just for first-time mums, but for all pregnant mummas out there.
“Some of us are doing it for the first time and are super excited, but then I have friends who are on their second or third or even fourth child and they are over it. Being able to showcase and shine light on this really amazing thing we do as women is the point of this series.”
There are six images in the series so far with more to come as soon as some of Danielle’s models pop a little more. Follow Danielle on Instagram to see more of her brilliant real-life parenting moments.