Nude pregnancy shots: What's new? I did it, too

Nude pregnancy shots: What's new? I did it, too

Even if you're not a fan of Fann Wong, you must have come across her almost bare-it-all pregnancy picture that had the town talking.

Shot in June, almost two months before she delivered her first baby in August, the 43-year-old local star posed with just a blue cloth covering her chest and hips.

It was part of a shoot for slimming specialist Marie France Bodyline, which appointed her as its latest spokesman,

According to Fann's confession in the accompanying press release, this was possibly the one of the most "daring" shoots that she has ever done.

So if this was a bold move for the glamourous actress, I guess my husband was half right last year when he said I was out of my mind.

I wanted to capture my pregnancy glow at eight months - and was contemplating taking semi-nude shots, too.

"Why do you want to take such photos? Is it going to be a male photographer?!" he huffed.

Why? Because I was spurred on by the very real possibility that my body might never again have such beautiful curves after we had a chat about stopping at two kids.

Both my pregnancies marked momentous points in my life. If I had photos of my first birthday, kindergarten graduation and marriage, why not my pregnancy?

Plus, many regular, conservative pregnant women - not just celebrities - have stripped to do such risque shoots.

Just google "maternity photography" and the list of studios that pop up will leave you spoilt for choice.

PREEN AND PREP

I scouted around and settled for a photography studio which assured me that its maternity shoots are handled by female photographers.

The doors would be kept closed during the session, so that only the photographer has access to the area.

I found out that its team does about 29 maternity photo shoots a month, and it's not unusual for mums to request intimate shots (about seven in 10 do so).

To help me prepare for the shoot, a staff member e-mailed a detailed list of handy tips. For instance, avoid tight undergarments or clothing a few hours before the shoot as they will leave unsightly marks on the skin.

Also, I should avoid applying stretch mark creams before the photo shoot so that my belly wouldn't look extra-shiny in photographs.

She also reminded me to bring white and black boob tubes with matching bottoms, or a body-hugging dress.

I didn't have to worry about additional props like hats and scarves, as those were provided by the studio.

However, I brought Baby's ultrasound scans along as I felt those would provide a nice, personal touch.

At her recommendation, I also engaged a makeup artist, who visited me at home to do my hair and makeup.

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