The bare truth

A photographer helps mothers embrace pregnancy


Each photo session begins with a consultation, in which Loomis shows clients her past work and determines how comfortable they are in front of the camera, and ends with a follow-up meeting to select the final image.

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About seven months into her pregnancy, Grace Martinez had a revelation. "I kept coming across ads for Jennifer Loomis," says the Everett resident, "and I commented to my husband that the women in her photos always looked so beautiful. I didn't feel that way. I was worried about gaining weight, worried about carrying a life. I felt more fat than pregnant."

Martinez's husband surprised her by arranging a photo shoot with Loomis, in which he took part. "When we saw the photos, I felt like it wasn't me," Martinez says. "She made me look beautiful."

Loomis, 36, has met hundreds of mothers like Grace Martinez, having photographed more than 900 pregnant women in the last 14 years ― from Fortune 500 executives to low-income moms (Loomis offers two sliding-scale shoots per month). She has photographed celebrity mothers, lesbian mothers, young mothers. She photographed Aleta St. James, who gave birth to twins last November, just before her 57th birthday.

Though Loomis is primarily based in Seattle ― she has studios here and in San Francisco, and she also shoots in New York ― her work is ubiquitous. If you've had a baby recently, you've probably seen her photos on the walls of your local mothers' resource center. She has regular shows: Her newest opens May 7 at Seattle's Gracewinds Perinatal Center.


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