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Belly Worship: Jennifer Loomis

One woman made a career out of capturing expectant ladies in a state of belly worship. Renowned photographer, Jennifer Loomis has photographed more than1,500 women with child and is currently writing a book about celebrating the full form. We were lucky enough to ask the shutterbug a few questions about striking a pose while pregnant.

Q. Ever since Demi Moore exposed her bare bump on the cover of the August 1991 issue of Vanity Fair while pregnant with her daughter, Scout, celebs from Christina Aguilera to Melissa Joan Hart have stripped down their expectant selves for photo shoots. Why do you think this started a trend?

A. Pregnant celebrity women have made a very positive contribution to expecting women in the United States. Our society likes to mimic what the celebrities do. Celebrities drive a lot of fashion and set many trends. As regular fashion started to be more revealing, pregnant celebrity women followed suite, embracing their bodies by wearing tighter clothes and exposing their bellies. This paved the way for other mothers to do the same.

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Q. When baring it all for a photographer, how can a mama-to-be be sure that her shots will be classy, not tacky? Are their specific things to look for in a photographer?

A. First and foremost, do your research. The web is your best resource. Find a photographer whose photographs you like. That is the most important thing. Look for images and poses that you would feel comfortable doing. I would also recommend finding a photographer who is experienced shooting the most flattering angles of pregnant women. You want to come away from your session feeling beautiful, not focused on the areas of your body you aren't comfortable with.

Q. As a photographer, what do you find to be the most beautiful aspect of the pregnant belly?

A. Each pregnant belly is different and I think that they are all beautiful in their own way. I really love it when the baby is moving in the belly and you can see it. I also have photographed it.

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