You don’t realize how much a pregnancy takes a toll on your body until you go to do something you could easily do 5 months ago. I have a photography business, and since the summer have put my camera on the shelf just because I was so tired and needed to focus on baking this bun in the oven. Today however I pulled it off the shelf, dusted it off and headed out for a photo shoot with my sister Robin. She is taking Fashion Design and needed photos of herself for a journal assignment.
We headed out and I was feeling ok, just a little tired but very excited to get back to doing some photography. I was 5 pictures in when I was trying to lean over a rail of a fire escape to get a picture when I realized that there was this bump in the way. Then I tried to kneel down to shoot through the steps and it was easy to get down but getting up involved some moaning and groaning.
We moved to a different location and I needed to get up on a 2 foot stone wall for the picture. Well any other time I would have jumped up and jumped back down, easy. You don’t realize how off your center of balance is until you try to climb a 2 foot wall. Then I proceeded to lay down on the grass for some shots and it was great when I got down there, granted my camera felt much heavier than I remembered it to be. Getting up, well just picture a turtle on it’s back and you have a picture of me laying on the grass in the park.
Our next location involved playing in traffic. Standing in the middle of a street to take some pictures. Those pictures turned out well but in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have been playing in the street while pregnant.
We finally went to the last location and again I found my center of balance off, as well as I missed the opportunity to lay on my stomach to get some key shots. It’s so funny how something that I was able to do with gusto just a few short months ago totally exhausted me for the day. I haven’t started to edit the photos but that is on the agenda for tomorrow. At least that job only involves sitting at a desk, with a glass of water and some snacks.
I will admit, I can’t wait for this child to come out of me so I can lay on my stomach again, play in the street and climb a 2 foot brick wall with no issues. They sound like funny thing to look forward to, however it is the small things like that, which turn a good photo into a fantastic photo.