Lucia Kiel is a true artist and extremely talented in her craft. I wanted some maternity photos taken to capture my third (and final) pregnancy. I saw all of the stunning photos on Lucia's website and quickly told myself that mine would never turn out that beautifully. As much as I wanted this special time documented, I was feeling less-than-beautiful, with my splotchy skin, grown-out-roots, and a flaky, red, hormone-driven rash that was slowly taking over my face. Plus, at 34 weeks pregnant, I doubted that I had anything flattering to wear. And I am really awkward when it comes to taking serious, non-smiling photos. I almost backed out. But Lucia reassured me that she would work with me to make my insecure, pregnant self shine. And she did. I arrived at her studio, where she had several maternity outfits of her own for me to choose from to wear. Her hair and makeup artist worked wonders, making me feel confident and beautiful and pretty darn glamorous, and soon we were snapping away. I still felt totally awkward doing the serious photos, but powered through. And wouldn't you know? When we met together a couple of weeks later to view the photos, the serious ones were some of my favorites! She worked her magic (which is really a LOT of hard work and pure talent!) and produced some jaw-dropping pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime.