Mode Monday | Anatomy of a Maternity Shoot

The Photographer

Michael Kormos Photography

The Dress

Rosie Pope Maternity Grace Dress, Ivory

The Studio

Michael Kormos Photography, Flatiron Studio

The Glamamom

Glamamom, Michael Kormos Photography Maternity Photo Shoot

This weekend I had a maternity photo shoot with the lovely and talented baby, family & maternity photographer Michael Kormos and his wife/photography assistant Sophie, in their gorg new Flatiron studio.

While Leo {sporadically} snapped pics of me pregnant with Bubba, I regretfully didn’t have professional maternity photos taken so I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to work with Michael and Sophie, who could not be more professional and comfortable to shoot with. Their portfolio of maternity work is breathtaking (that’s Sophie, pregnant with their second child, in several of the photos) and Michael and I became fast friends when he casually remarked how easy it will be to Photoshop-out my double-chin after I whined about it.

Prior to the shoot, I browsed Pinterest for inspiration and knew I wanted a natural, ethereal look, so I chose to wear the Grace Dress by Rosie Pope Maternity, which has an empire waist with pleats and deep v-neck of embroidered flowers. I had my hair blown pin-straight and kept my makeup simple with just a bronze eye and mascara, and spray tan from Gotham Glow.

I cannot wait to see the final results.  Stay tuned!

Mommas, did you document your blossoming bellies?

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Have a glamorous week!

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{I was not compensated for this post. I received a complimentary maternity session for review purposes. I am under no obligation to endorse or write about it. All opinions expressed herein are my own. Photos 1&3 via Michael Kormos Photography, photo 2 via Rosie Pope Maternity.}


  1. Ok, kind of hilarious that I am posing in a swimsuit and you are glowing in this gorgeous maternity setting. I think your’s will be treasured for a lifetime and mine will be the source of family strife!

  2. Rachel
    Twitter: RachelTheHat

    what a wonderful idea, you look great. i wish i had taken more photos, we have the iphone weekly ones but i look shocking in them! :)

  3. Kristin
    Twitter: BonBonRoseGirls

    If those shots are any indication, the shoot was a raging success! Gorgeous!

  4. Sandy a la Mode
    Twitter: sandyalamode

    yes!! we got a maternity session done and i’m soo happy we did!! such a special time to capture!

  5. April
    Twitter: knockedupfab

    Ooooo…can’t wait to see the actual pictures!! I never did have any pregnancy pictures done professionally, but I did blog my fashion adventures during my 2nd pregnancy!

  6. Missa
    Twitter: staycationmama

    Can’t wait to see the final photos!! I, too, didn’t have professional photos the first time around and I regret it. Everything happened so quickly and I was sick of my own likeness — in the 6 months prior to pregnancy I had professional engagement photos, bachelorette party photos AND wedding photos. But next time, for sure!

  7. Katy
    Twitter: dimsumdebutante

    Can’t wait to see the results! Mike and Sophie do exceptional work!!

  8. Wonderful to meet you another Monday.

  9. I can’t wait to see more pics!! They will be beautiful!

  10. Never did any professional maternity pics, but yours looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the final results!

  11. Looking forward to seeing the pics! Thanks for hosting!

  12. Tia
    Twitter: tialou75

    Shoot looks awesome! Can’t wait to see more pics!!! I never did a maternity shoot :(. Maybe I need to have another baby ;)

  13. Bonnie
    Twitter: GlamKitten88

    A maternity photo shoot is a great idea. I really like the shadow picture.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  14. susan
    Twitter: avagracescloset

    I’m sure they will be amazing. Best thing I did when I was pregnant with my last was the professional maternity photos. I love them and looking at them (although I remind myself daily how HUGE I was ) makes me so happy.

  15. Katie
    Twitter: SheLikesRuffles

    Beautiful! I love the dress you chose to wear!

  16. I didn’t take professional pictures with A either and it’s something that I totally regret. Your shoot sounds like it was so fun! Can’t wait to see the final results!

  17. Fashion-isha
    Twitter: fashion_isha

    This is such a special time in your life. Enjoy all the beauty!

  18. beautiful shots….i went for the same kind of look…really simple, not much makeup…I am featuring a sneak peak on my FB page later today…but my shots turned out really nice…on the beach…I haven’t gotten all of them yet..but so far I am happy:) It only takes ONE as I say whenever I have a shoot with the little man….as I said we did beach ones and he was in the water within 10 minutes…jeans soaked! BOYS!

    Hope you are feeling well…you are certainly looking lovely lady

  19. alyson
    Twitter: avggirlsguide

    These are GORGEOUS. I love how you went so tasteful with this. Amazing.

  20. You look so beautiful, Jill!

  21. Your photo is amazing!

  22. I did them with my second one and was so happy I did! Sadly, I failed again on the third but at least I have one good set of photos of me prego. It really makes such a difference when looking back!

  23. Gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the photos. Have a beautiful day!

  24. gorgeous!

  25. You look so beautiful! And the photographer family is gorgeous!

  26. I hardly took any pictures while I was pregnant, so I only had a couple to show to my son when he asked for them. So glad you will have more to show your little one!

  27. Mz Savvy Style
    Twitter: mzsavvystyle

    Beautiful photo! Love the dress choice. I didn’t document any of my three pregnancys by way of photos and I really wish I had!

  28. Kara
    Twitter: sprinklesprings

    Wow, I can already tell that’s gonna make for some amazing photos! The room is gorge with all the light colors and pop of turquoise.

  29. Love the shot!! Can’t wait to see the rest.

    I didn’t take any with my first pregnancy. I have a shoot scheduled with this little bundle. Let’s hope she stays put long enough to get it done!

  30. You look gorg! Love the dress and the photo. Can’t wait to see more! I didn’t take many prego picks with either of my girls, but I’m kind of wishing I did. Loving the ethereal vibe!

    I saw a really cute maternity shoot on Pinterest that was basically the momma shopping the aisles of a grocery store for foods that pregnant women crave. There was one shot of her sitting on the floor digging into a pint of ice cream. So cute and so right up my alley! Wish I had thought of it!

  31. Omigosh, i hope no one thinks that my crappy behind-the-scenes shot was the actual maternity portrait, lol. So excited for you to share the gorgeous portraits that Michael captured. The dress was stunning, and you were indeed glowing galore!!! So great to finally meet you, and you were even more awesome than I’d imagined. :)

  32. How exciting to have profession maternity photos! I didn’t have anything like that just whatever snaps shots happened to be taken during that time (I wasn’t glowing like some women do). Sounds like yours are going to beautiful. Can’t wait to see them.

  33. Bicultural Mama
    Twitter: BiculturalMama

    Can’t wait to see your photos! I never had any taken with my first, so maybe like you I’ll try with my second!

  34. Jill you look fabulous!I never had any pics done, but I think there are plenty of things I will do differently when I am preggers again. Love the dress and I don’t see any double chin – guapisima!

  35. I can’t wait to see them!!! You look great!

  36. Jeannie
    Twitter: gracefully50ish

    Wow! Stunning photo! Can’t wait to see more!

  37. Ooooh, you look incredible!!!! I cant wait to see the rest of your photos!!!

  38. Such a sweet post. I am sure your photos will come out great. I LOVE that they could photoshop the double chin. I whine about that all the time as well. :)

  39. bravoerunway

    I can’t wait to see these photos Jill! My colleague who just had her 3rd baby has never had any of these photos taken. I think if she tries for a 4th since she’s got 3 boys now….she probably will do this!

  40. Tiffany
    Twitter: TiffsBreakfast

    Oh, I can’t wait to see them! I didn’t maternity shots with either of my babies and I kind of wish I had…

  41. how cool! i never did maternity photos though my sister did take one of me during a family photo shoot. it turned out pretty nice.


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