When everything’s going well, ultrasounds are arguably the most exciting part of pregnancy. The peek at your baby makes everything feel real, and thanks to the sonogram, you might find yourself indulging in a peek every day. To you, it depicts your beautiful baby, but to everyone else—it’s just a black and white blob. An Irish artist has taken it upon herself to make sonograms feel less clinical, injecting some personality into the scans.
Laura Steerman of Quaint Baby Bespoke Ultrasound Art is a lawyer by day. She began artistically reimagining grainy sonogram images as colorful work of art after some uneasiness leading up to her own baby’s scans.
“Each scan showed she was doing just fine despite the lack of kicks, but I felt the black and white blurry images just didn’t do her precious self justice,” Steerman tells Babble. “So I took out the paints at my kitchen table at home and got painting. It’s a hobby turned small business as friends requested paintings, they shared photos of them on social media, and it went from there.”
Now, Steerman fields all sorts of sonogram art requests, from gifts from dads to pieces that honor miscarriages.
Steerman works closely with her clients to make sure they get a piece of art that truly feels special to them. After receiving an email, text or Facebook message of their sonogram, she asks if a particular color palette or brush stroke style best matches the baby’s emerging personality. Of course, she’s game to surprise parents-to-be too; it’s just a matter of personal preference.