Photographer Documents Her Own Pregnancy in Striking Selfies

Buenos Aires-based photographer Sophie Starzenski shows just how much women’s bodies change during pregnancy with this stunning series called 40 Weeks and a Mirror. She’s combined two growing trends, “the selfie” (a a self-portrait taken with a camera or phone) and pregnancy progression portraits, to create a fantastic set of photos that are both artistic and vulnerable. Wearing just underwear, she drapes one arm over her bare breasts while the other is wrapped over her head, holding the camera. In all of the shots, we don’t get to see the photographer’s face, though at the end of the series, she’s holding her adorable 2-month-old son Simon who had been steadily growing in her belly.

What are your thoughts on this series? Should women’s bodies be celebrated, especially during times of pregnancy? Or, for your taste, is this all a bit too contrived? Currently, as a pregnant woman, I can’t help but admire her bravery. Although beautiful, I don’t think I could muster the courage to do something like this myself. Your thoughts?


4 weeks pregnant


15 weeks pregnant


20 weeks pregnant


25 weeks pregnant


29 weeks pregnant


33 weeks pregnant


37 weeks pregnant


40 weeks pregnant


With 2-month-old son Simon

Sophie Starzenski’s website



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