Photographer Celebrates Wife’s Pregnancy Curves in Nature-Themed Pics

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ByCassie Kreitner
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Mar 2017
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Photo: Simon Schaffrath

Sometime in your third trimester, you’ll likely start to feel like that cute little baby bump has grown to be the size of a beach ball. Or a small private island. Or a large mountain. And you’re not alone: One couple decided to document these sentiments in a photo series, incorporating the mom-to-be’s belly into scenic landscapes.

The idea for this project began when graphic designer and photographer Simon Schaffrath and his wife Saskia Repp started brainstorming exciting ways to announce they’re expecting their first child in November, a boy they’ve already named Theodor.

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

But they weren’t interested in doing a  maternity photoshoot that would be par for the course. “We wanted to create some new and really creative pregnancy pictures,” Schaffrath told Mashable in an email. “Something our family and friends haven’t seen yet.”

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

And the couple definitely did not disappoint. With a mix of non-toxic and skin-tolerant paints, materials and props, Schaffrath turned Repp’s bump into a work of art, transforming it beneath a detailed grassy hill, snowy mountain, tropical island and golf course.

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

It took about a week to conceptualize, shoot and edit each image. Schaffrath would shoot the photos on Sunday and spend a few days putting his Photoshop skills to work by retouching and editing each image. But the work paid off, and the landscapes now hang in Theo’s nursery, waiting for his arrival.

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

Photo: Simon Schaffrath

 

“These pictures show how much we enjoy this time and how happy we are,” Schaffrath told Mashable. “And that’s something the whole world should know! [Saskia] loves them and she is really happy we have something that will always remember us this special time.”

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