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Pregnant mum does maternity shoot covered in bees

Pregnant mum does maternity shoot covered in bees

(Picture: Kendrah Damis)

From pregnant dogs, to Disney princesses, to mermaids – maternity shoots are going through something of a renaissance this year.

We’ve gotta admit, though – this is a new one.

Expectant mother Emily Mueller took things one step further for her own maternity shoot, covering herself in a swarm of live bees.

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As you do.

The Ohio woman’s idea was stemmed from her day job as a beekeeper, and has attracted a whole load of crazed reactions on social media.

‘I’m sorry… but I just don’t get it,’ said one commenter on photographer Kendrah Damis’ Facebook page, ‘Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE insects but this is just plain WEIRD.’

‘I love lasagna, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to do a maternity shoot inside a giant pan of noodles and marinara sauce,’ said another comedian.

(Picture: Kendrah Damis)

 

Damis, however, was into the idea from the off.

‘I am very laidback,’ she told Cosmopolitan.com. ‘I just said, “Okay.”

‘After I thought about it a little, I told her there would be backlash, but I could handle it. Knowing she is an experienced beekeeper, I knew she knew what she was doing.’

To be fair to the pair of them, the photos are quite beautiful – and Muller is adamant she’s not putting her baby in harm’s way.

‘Bees are gentle and I hope my bee belly helps people see that they aren’t as scary as you might think,’ she later told People. ‘It was absolutely amazing to connect with nature in that way and to have the bees directly on my womb was so spiritual.’

(Picture: Kendrah Damis)

What’s more, there’s a heartwarming reason behind this un-bee-lievable idea – Mueller actually turned to beekeeping as a way to help her come to terms with her second miscarriage.

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‘Bees represent the beginning of new life and after my second miscarriage, I needed a new release,’ she explained. ‘I connected with the bees and it helped take my mind off of other hardships that were surrounding me at the time, some people do yoga… I do bees.’

Sounds like she’s got it sussed, to be honest. More power to her (and the bees, of course).

Haters: buzz off.

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