Pregnancy marks an invaluable chapter in a woman’s journey. In modern times, this cherished period is commemorated in diverse ways. Festivities are organized to unveil the baby’s gender, while elaborate baby showers exalt the joy of impending motherhood. Additionally, capturing the essence of this transformative phase through photography has become a popular means of celebration.”
From pre-wedding shoots to post-wedding shoots, they have become extremely popular among the public these days. Coming to maternity shoots, the main purpose behind this is to showcase the beautiful moment and be excited about the arrival of a new member to complete their family. The shoots are based on various themes. They are either taken within the four walls of homes or on the outer slopes to give a more rustic touch. Accessories include flowers and other beautiful things. However, there have been instances of bees where quite strange things have been a part of the photo shoot. The instance that will be discussed below is a surprising example of this.”
When commercial beekeeper Bethany Karulak-Baker decided to have a maternity photo shoot after receiving a pregnancy, it seemed too normal for her work and life to be a part of it. However, Bethany decided to do something that most people wouldn’t, stage the shoot so that thousands of bees sat on her belly. Perry and Bethany decided to challenge themselves with their photo shoot, working with their hives to have a ‘beard’ around their over eight months pregnant mother.
The problem of allergies was the first thing to worry about. Bethany said, “I get a headache that means I get hives that last up to six weeks. They are extremely uncomfortable but not dangerous.” Bethany was ‘terrified,’ but the doctors approved the shoot in advance. However, as a result, the couple decided to use fake bees.
It’s interesting to know how the couple had to take safety measures to ensure that the photo shoot was safe and risk-free for Bethany and her baby. The decision to use fake bees instead of real ones was also an important factor in the safety of the photo shoot. Additionally, choosing the right temperature and selecting frames filled with fake bees helped make the session successful and beautiful.
Around 10,000 bees were shown in Bethany’s stomach photos, and she wasn’t sitting in the office. Bethany’s photos went viral, but fortunately, she says, “The response has been overwhelmingly supportive, kind, and loving.” She comments, “Many women have come forward to share their own experiences of suffering a miscarriage.
Others have placed orders for honey from our commercial honey business. There are some people who don’t understand bees or beekeepers, so usually some armchair warriors interfere.” For Karulak-Baker, this has not been an easy journey. Previously, she had faced a miscarriage. She asked the children not to see her as a photo with her bell playing with bees, but as a brave and angry woman, and her mother and daughter realize that their mother is a hero.