My Maternity Shoot

When to have my maternity shoot? The big question!

I was so sick the first 4-5 months of my pregnancy that I literally put a dent on our couch. All I did was lay there all day long, trying to force myself to eat and count how many minutes before I had to run to the bathroom and pour it all out. I was so miserable. I had envisioned pregnancy to be this beautiful journey, full of smiles and happiness, and while I was so happy to be able to have a child in the near future, I was in pain and nothing seemed to help.

It wasn’t until the 5th month that I started feeling better. I started planning everything I needed for my pregnancy and the aftermath. I truly did go all out. I have been dreaming of the day I get to experience this, and I wasn’t going to let anything take that joy away from me. I also was dead set on building every memory possible.

I researched online and found some good photographers. I requested to see their full portfolios. Majority of them were in Los Angeles and New York. Eventually I decided to go for Lori Dorman Photography, in Glendale, CA. They do an amazing job. The wardrobe was included (they had a walk in closet full of lace and anything you can imagine for the shoot). I did bring my own gown, lingerie and heels but I used some of their robes as well. Not only that, but they also have clothes for your partner. A lot of cool, linen clothes that work great for that kind of setting.

My photographer was Chris and she is AMAZING!!! My new friend :) She’s also a Capricorn (born a day after me hehe). Not that that matters, but it’s an extra plus to me. I decided to do my shoot when I was 30 weeks pregnant. However, to the other pregnant moms, I recommend going a bit earlier than that. I ended up being pretty big for just 30 weeks (I gained 5o lbs the entire pregnancy).

Here’s the full shoot :)

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34 comments on My Maternity Shoot

  1. Kesandra
    May 22, 2014 at 3:31 am (5 years ago)

    Every last picture was beautiful! Gorgeous shoot. Sending blessings to you and your family :)

  2. Ebony berry
    May 22, 2014 at 3:32 am (5 years ago)

    Because of you I Lori studio as well I still haven’t got all my pictures back but thanks for putting them up on your instgram they truly are the best

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm (5 years ago)

      haha sorry love

  3. Lisa
    May 22, 2014 at 3:37 am (5 years ago)

    who did your makeup and hair for the photo shoot? you look absolutely gorgeous in your photos! i am having my Maternity photos taken with Lori too!

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 22, 2014 at 3:38 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you.

      My friend did them. her IG is @exoticbeautysalon

  4. DK
    May 22, 2014 at 3:52 am (5 years ago)

    Chris did our newborn shoot…love her! She’s hilarious!

  5. Amanda
    May 22, 2014 at 4:10 am (5 years ago)

    Love these! I have a maternity shoot this weekend. I’ll be 31 weeks. Thanks for sharing. My fave is the one of you with the pram.

    IG – mrs_toth

  6. Angel Lovelii
    May 22, 2014 at 4:17 am (5 years ago)

    Most Beautiful Images I ever seen, you really know how to do everything Classy, Glamorous and Larger than Life! Much Love!

  7. Sara
    May 22, 2014 at 8:25 am (5 years ago)

    You look gorgeous!!!

  8. suma
    May 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow Egi you make pregnancy look simple and tire less. G9d bless

  9. Jessica
    May 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm (5 years ago)


    I just spent the last hour reading every article I came across on your blog! I started following you shortly after you had Gio so I’m new to your blog. I wasn’t aware that you had one but I’m so excited that you do! I’m also a mom of 2 girls and I love all of your posts!! I do have a question….do you plan to share details about your engagement and wedding? I’m curious about if there was a proposal or if you both just decided to get hitched. I didn’t find any articles related to an engagement or marriage so that’s why I ask. :) If you plan to keep that part of your life private, I totally understand.

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Jessica,
      Thank you love. Yes I will write about it <3

  10. bvalentic2 (from instagram)
    May 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I am totally in love with your pictures as I knew I would be from Instagram. But I know you mentioned you got your gown from Etsy…was it a one off or do they make more? I am just so in love with it. And would you mind posting where you got your lingerie? Did you get them from a maternity store or just a regular lingerie place in a bigger size. I am from Canada so I may not have access to where you purchased some of the items but anything would be helpful. And the majority of what your wearing is it courtesy of the photographer or you and the photographer? I just wanna get an idea of what I could possibly find on my own and what I’m SOL on lol. Thanks so much and again amazing pictures!

  11. Kordai Summers
    May 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm (5 years ago)

    I love all of your pics! Seriously, I have never quite loved a maternity shoot the way I love all of your pics. You look so beautiful, glamorous, sexy yet still demure and oh so happy. The joy in your heart is radiating! Hands down, your maternity photo shoot is the best I’ve seen.

  12. Sade Lopez
    May 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello!! I’ve been a fan of yours for over a year now. I was so sad when you left Instagram to have baby Gio. I’m sooo happy you are back. My husband and I are planning on having a baby next year and I’m starting to do my research on everything, your blog has helped me so much!! Thank you for that. My quiestion is, will you post details on what you wore for your maternity shoot please? I love everything about it.

  13. Linda
    May 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello. I’ve been following you for about 8 months now on insta. I fell in love with this shoot you did but I am on the east coast (NY). In any case I was wondering which photographers you were considering from here? I am due in a few weeks and still haven’t done my maternity shoot. Looking forward to your reply!

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Linda, I was considering

      • Anonymous
        May 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm (5 years ago)

        Thanks for your reply I will check him out! ps. I was shocked that you replied how you find the time I don’t know. but thank you! God bless you and your family!

  14. Maria
    May 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful pics. I would love to know where u got that beautiful long white gown as well as the tight long sleeve black dress. Was it from the photographer? Or can I purchase them somewhere? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    Thank you so much

  15. Mary
    June 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful pictures. Where did you get the black high neck see through dress from?

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      June 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm (5 years ago)

      I got it from Etsy…I don’t remember the store :(

      • Anonymous
        June 6, 2014 at 7:42 am (5 years ago)

        Thank you!! Xoxo

  16. Giulianna
    June 9, 2014 at 10:10 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous pictures! Quick question, did you color your hair while pregnant? Just asking bc I m planning on having a baby and I m doing research if is ok to color the hair.

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      June 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, I did but not the roots :)

      • Giulianna
        June 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm (5 years ago)

        Thank you!! :)

  17. Denise
    June 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello, first of all you look absolutely stunning!!! In love with all your pictures. I just saw your friend Jennifer Stano took pictures with the same photographer and similar photos. I am a fan of both & you ladies look absolutely stunning!!! I was curious to find out the price for a photo shoot like this!!! I would love to take pictures for my second pregnancy. Thanks a lot for your time & for sharing these beautiful pictures!!!

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      June 16, 2014 at 10:00 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Denise,
      the best thing to do is send them an email and they will quote you.

  18. Sophie
    August 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow. Absolutely stunning!!! Each image is more gorgeous than the last. Memories to be cherished forever and ever. Congratulations!!

  19. Keila Chavez
    August 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm (4 years ago)


    I’m absolutley inlove with your maternity picutures, I have emailed tons of photographers from the East Coast but I was wondering where did you get your lace gowns from? Besides the ones you wore from the studio.

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      August 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Keila,
      I got mine from Sarafinadreams on Etsy :)

  20. Robert Austin Fitch
    September 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Egreis,
    What a wonderful collection of maternity photographs! I’m partial to the beautiful B&W silhouettes but do love the location shots as well. You and your husband Jeremy are obviously head over heals (no pun intended) in love and it shows… Congratulations on the birth of your son Gio! Cheers, Rob

    • Egreis Gjergjani
      September 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you!!! I wanted to shoot with you so badly, but we ended up going to LA so I found somewhere there. With my next pregnancy, I’m hoping to finally get a shoot with you :)

      Thank you again.

  21. Kate
    October 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I cannot take how gorge these are!! Any chance at all you could let us know where you got the black high neck lace dress? I know you said on etsy somewhere in comments above but I have been searching with no luck :( I think if you go into “my account” you can check your old purchases and I would LOVE to know the name of the store from where you purchased! Thank you and congrats on baby 2!!

  22. mEEt pateL
    April 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

    hi..Egreis Gjergjani
    you looking awesome, really heart touching pose..
    me’am i love u so mach..


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