How amazing has the weather been this week? Such a gorgeous start to my maternity leave and perfect for an outdoors maternity shoot with Laura Beth Photography and JoJo Maman Bebe in pieces I selected from their SS15 collection. We headed to the Kings Road in Chelsea to show off my ever-growing baby bump in some styles fitting of the sunshine. Laura had scouted out the locations in advance, finding colourful mews houses and a white painted brick wall which were great backdrops.
In the summer I live in maxi skirts - I feel more glamorous sashaying down the street and they keep you much cooler than bear legs. I wasn't going to give this up during pregnancy, especially as comfort is such a priority. I love the Breton stripes on this skirt (Navy Breton Stripe Maxi Skirt £29) and the fabric is heavy enough to flow without being too warm. I've teamed it with a navy vest (Secret Support Maternity Verst £18), but you could opt for red to go even more nautical. To accessorise, I added my fav floppy sunhat and a long hanging split pendent necklace (Laura Cut Chain Semi Precious Lariat Necklace £15 Accessorize)
Being pregnant doesn't mean that you have to cover up your limbs. I love skater style dresses, usually waisted, but as this is currently impossible, this empire spotted skater dress (Navy Spot Skater Dress £39) is really fun for a warm spring day. With this cute spotty print, I added a bubble-gum-pink necklace (Block Colour Petal Necklace £12 Accessorize) I also love it in the floral print, which is perfect for spring. I'm loving my flats at the moment and for a casual look I wore my SuperGa 2950 Cotu in Grey Vapor plimsoles (£40 SuperGa).
If you are going a bit more formal, this long sleeved dress (Patterned Maternity and Feeding Dress £35) is perfect for the office or Summer occasions. It also has secret feeding panels, so will be handy after your little one arrives too. I teamed it with a metal and glass bead delicate multi chain collar necklace. (Darcy Delicate Glass Statement Necklace Accessorise £17). Originally this was my least favourite of the outfits I chose, but after wearing it for a while it really grew on me.
I wouldn’t have considered having a maternity shoot unless photographer Laura had contacted me, as during pregnancy I haven’t felt my most attractive and certainly haven’t been taking any ‘bump’ pictures. However, I’m really glad I have documented this special time and Laura was amazing at making me feel relaxed and confident on the shoot and I was so impressed how quickly she edited all of the photos too! Laura Beth Photography also specialises in newborn shoots, so I'm going to have to persuade her to come and visit me with her camera in the next few weeks!