Monday, 10 September 2018

My Indian Maternity Photoshoot & Tips to Survive it !

My baby was due in August 2017 and my bump wasn't really showing until I was 8 months pregnant, so I had scheduled to do my maternity shoot somewhere in July 2017.
However, July also happens to be the peak monsoon season in Mumbai, and it really took a lot to convincing...
a) My mom, to let me shoot in the rains. (Come on Mom, I am 30+ now!)
b) My husband, to do silly poses with me for a maternity shoot.

I know..My family is sooo boring...just like me! (Ha!)
So after all the convincing and planning we finally decided on a Saturday to shoot my maternity pics.
And exactly on that day it rains cats and dogs.
So what do we do...we just go ahead and finish the shoot.
And the fact that I had planned to wear 2 sarees and a punjabi suit for my outdoor shoot did not help the cause either.

So, now that you know the real chaos that went behind this shoot, I am sure you will appreciate it more. Just like I do. :)
Special thanks to my friend and photographer Deepali for bearing with my whims and demands and clicking these perfect shots I will cherish for life.
And my hair and makeup artist, Rituja, for making my dull and swollen face look glowy and pretty.
What would I do without you guys! :*

But before we move on to the pics, I wanted to compile a short list of tips for making your maternity shoot easy and memorable.
1)Speak to your photographer and plan not only your outfits and locations in advance, but also your poses. It really helps when you are prepared.
For the poses, do some research, check out your friends pics or simply google to find poses you like.
2)Comfortable shoes is the key to a successful maternity shoot. Posing, prancing or even dancing with high heels/uncomfortable shoes will be a definite spoiler
especially when you cant see what's under your feet thanks to the big heavy baby bump. So choose the most comfortable shoes for the shoot, as they will not just keep your feet happy
but your bump safe as well.
3) I would totally recommend carrying some water/juices and some snacks for the shoot. After all, you never know, when the momma might feel hungry or thirsty.
4) And last but not the least, the most important thing that you need for a successful maternity photo shoot is the right attitude. Remember, pregnancy is a boon.
It is a privilege not enjoyed by everyone. Cherish this gift and proceed with the photoshoot without any qualms. You might look fat, fatigued and swollen, but hey...
that's really a small thing compared to the magnanimity of the cause...your Baby. So smile, pose and kill that photoshoot, because you are celebrating womanhood, you are celebrating motherhood ...You are Celebrating YOURSELF!

And here are the pictures!








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Photography: Deepali Suryawanshi Photography
Hair And Makeup: Revamp By Rituja

Saturday, 1 September 2018

My Indian Baby Shower / Dohale Jewan

Godh Bharai/Oti Bharan/Dohale Jewan/Seemantham/Khora are different names for the India version of baby shower in different states of India.
Unlike the baby showers in the West, these tradition is followed only when the lady is pregnant with her first baby. 
Even before I was pregnant, I always knew I wanted to have a traditional baby shower for myself, unlike the western version which is quite popular even in India.
Since my husband and me both come from different states of India, we have different traditions
associated with a baby shower. And like always, I wanted to follow both.
So as per Marathi Baby shower aka Oti Bharan/Dohale Jewan traditions I wore a green saree and jewellery made from fresh flowers, and as per the Kutchi Baby Shower aka Khora we played games and followed rituals that are specific to Kutchi baby showers.
For this special occasion I picked up a Paithani Saree in the combination of green and pink, and paired it with minimalist temple jewellery as I wanted the floral jewellery to dominate my outfit.
The venue for the event was our home, my makeup artist was my dear friend/beauty blogger and bhabhi Manisha of Manimatters, the party planners and decorators were my husband and MIL, and the photographer was my dear friend Deepali. In short, it was totally a family event. We hosted the simple ceremony with close family members and I had the best time feeling pampered and loved.
Scroll down for the pictures.


























































































Saree: Peshwai (Pune)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Life Lately...!

Hey Everyone!
Today I am sharing some big news on the blog.
I delivered a baby girl last August!


And as you would expect, life has been so busy.
The word 'BUSY' post Motherhood has a totally different meaning.
And while our heart has been full with all the love and affection, the blog definitely took a backseat during the last year.

I had it all planned and had a full week to schedule my future blogposts before I went into labor. But guess what, the baby decided to come in a week early. And all the planning went for a toss. So the most important lesson that motherhood taught me...
Go with the flow. Don't over plan!

And hence, time and again I like to repeat this profound thought by Harivansh Rai Bacchan to myself.
Mann ka ho to Accha
Mann ka na ho to Jyada Accha...
Kyunki fir wo ishwar ke mann ka hota hain
Aur Ishwar aapka accha chahega.
Meaning...
It's good if things work out as per your plan.
But it's better if they don't work out as per your plan,
Because then they are as per God's plan...and God will always want the best for you. :)

So what does that mean?
It means lots of Motherhood and baby posts coming your way, whether you like it or not.:)
Till then I leave you with a few pictures I had clicked last February in Goa. I was 12 weeks pregnant then. Hope you like them.











































Outfit Details
Saree: Limeroad
Pearl Necklace: Dresslink
Pearl Bracelet: Daiso Japan
Sunglasses: FastTrack

 

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