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Solihull photographer helps pregnant women celebrate their “glow”

Sep 26, 2010 by Sophie Cross, Sunday Mercury

Pregnant women photo shoot

DURING pregnancy many women worry about the changing shape of their bodies.

But one Midland photographer is encouraging them to follow Demi Moore’s lead – by posing for risqué pictures to celebrate motherhood.

The US actress caused a sensation in 1991 when she appeared on the front of Vanity Fair magazine with nothing but her bump.

Now model turned photographer Sarah Redshaw, 28, is doing the same with West Midlands women.

The Solihull snapper said: “I love taking these kind of photographs because I’m a woman and model, so I really understand how it feels to worry about how my body looks.

“It’s still quite a unique concept, but it’s becoming more fashionable nowadays for pregnant women to embrace how they look, and show off their bumps. I hope that one day, when I’m pregnant, I can capture it on a photo, too.’’

Sarah started the pregnancy shoots after her friend Zoe Games, who works on her creative team as a nail technician, became pregnant.

Struck by how healthy the 25 year-old mum-to-be looked, Sarah asked her to pose for a picture.

Pregnant photo shoot

She said: “Zoe looked incredible, with immaculate skin, glossy hair and bright eyes.

“She was complaining: ‘I’ve got fat ankles!’ but through the photo I was able to prove to her how fantastic she looked.

“I really do think pregnant women have a special glow about them.

‘‘We make them as comfortable as possible for the shoot as well, by using a studio that is not cold!’’

Sarah is hosting her first photographic exhibition at Solihull Arts Complex on Wednesday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The event, held at the G2 Gallery, is in honour of her partner’s mother who died from the illness at a young age. Sarah will be selling landscape photographs of cities such as New York and Paris, with all money raised going to the charity.

She will also stage a silent auction, where people can bid for a studio photo shoot.

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