Hi loves! Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve followed me for some time you would know how much I love unique & creative maternity shoots. Ever since my first pregnancy, I loved the idea of being captured in a way you typically would not expect for maternity sessions. With my oldest I had my brother take pictures of me as a butterfly fairy and with my second pregnancy, I had a unicorn themed shoot both of which were coordinated with their nursery themes.
With this pregnancy, however, I was keeping the gender a surprise until I delivered and deciding on a unique shoot was a bit more challenging. Unfortunately, having 2 separate gender themed shoots was not in my budget, so I began to think of what other ways I could have a gender-neutral shoot without compromising it being geared more towards one gender or the other. After trying to come up with photoshoot ideas, I decided that a milk bath would be perfect to represent either gender beautifully.
During this entire pregnancy, I was also nursing Milani, I will admit it though it was not by choice and it was often hard on my back lol. ???? My goal with Milani was to reach the 1yr mark but she surpassed that. During this pregnancy, I also came to terms with the fact that I may have to tandem nurse once my new baby arrived. So I thought it would be perfect to capture them both together (baby in the womb and Milani outside of it).
Being able to breastfeed Milani for 23 months was not something I ever intended to do it just sort of happened. I for sure thought that once we reached our 1-year mark we would be done. I tried to wean her during my pregnancy but she wasn’t ready and I did not want to force something that I felt she did not understand.
Sadly, now that I delivered the new baby via C-section I’m here to report tandem feeding did not go as intended and Milani & I’s Milky journey ended the night I came back from the hospital (April 18th, 2019). I plan to dive in a little further into that in a future post if you guys are interested but it was heartbreaking for Milani, my husband & I.
Thankfully she is doing ok now and is no longer nursing. If you’d like to see how Milani & I’s 1st breastfeeding shoot turned out you can check out that blog post: HERE .
For those who would like to recreate this shoot you can shop the lace dress & accessories by clicking the image/link above. However, I will recommend sizing down. I purchased an M (which is actually an XL) but I should have purchased a small or xs which would have fit me a bit better. ????
I’m also wearing Irresistible Me hair extensions in the shade 1B (22inches 260grams). Personally, I used them for the thickness more so than length but they would be great for either. If you are interested in purchasing a set you can use the code GET20OFF for a 20% discount with your first order.
If you are curious about what milk I used for this shoot, I used 2 gallons of almond milk. I will say using almond milk will come out beige vs white (if you use breastmilk, or cow’s milk). I personally chose to use almond milk because I was not having the pictures done in my home and I wanted to avoid smelling like cow milk until I arrived back home to shower lol. It sort of worked out since I love beige everything anyway. If I had to do it over again I’m not sure if I would go the cow milk route or not but that’s typically what people use. ????
For this shoot, I also decided to go with peachy & white toned flowers as I felt it would best suit either gender as well as match my inspiration picture the best as well. These milk bath photographs, however, can be just as gorgeous with any other colored flowers and colored lace dresses. There’s plenty of inspiration pictures on Pinterest if you have another color in mind you’d like to shoot.
Have you ever thought about having a milk bath photo shoot done? If so in what colors? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!