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Julia’s Maternity Shoot: Part I

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The maternity shoot must go on!

With baby number 2 on the way, I wanted to make sure that Baby Boy Boggio had a pregnancy, or maternity shoot equally as fun and interesting as the one his sister had. I’ve heard so many people say that they haven’t taken nearly as many pictures for their second child and I’m going to try very hard not to fall into that trap.

James and I have always been into theatre and, specifically, musicals. I played Annie on stage when I was young and have since taken on a number of roles, like Anita in West Side Story, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate and even Bill Sykes in Oliver. When I had my eureka moment and turned to James to say I thought we should do a musicals theme for our maternity shoot, he immediately agreed.

I am extremely lucky to have a husband that says yes where so many others would say, “Are you crazy?” Even though I’m sure he starts to tremble every time I say the words “I’ve got an idea”, he’s willing to give most things a go. I suppose that’s how we ended up doing the dance from Dirty Dancing at our wedding, which brought us to The Oprah Winfrey Show and dancing with Patrick Swayze. It’s good to say yes – you never know where it will take you.

So he said yes to my musical maternity shoot idea, but he did limit me to only 4 musicals. I could have done about 50. As it is, the four we did took us almost 7 hours to shoot at our Wimbledon studio – my daughter is a mini-saint for playing along as well as she did.

We all had a lot of fun. Thankfully, I work with an amazing team of people who helped me to pull this off in a very short time period.

Starting today, we will reveal one look per day from the shoot. We hope that you enjoy the photographs and please do share these if you like them.

First one up is The Wizard of Oz, with James making an impressive Scarecrow and my daughter rocking her Dorothy costume. We are also huge fans of Wicked, but none of us really fancied being painted green.

Julia Boggio's Musical maternity shoot

The Wizard of Oz is one of those musicals that brings back lots of childhood memories. For many people, it’s the first one they ever saw. In the days before cable TV, I remember this movie being played on terrestrial television at Christmastime. It’s the story that immortalised Judy Garland, rainbows and yellow brick roads. To be honest, it’s not my favourite musical ever – I was actually pushing to do Sweeney Todd, but I was outvoted (Pie in the oven! Get it?!)

I think that a maternity shoot is important to do. They show a very special time between baby and mother. Especially if you have other children, it’s nice to include them in the shoot to make them feel part of the process. We are very much looking forward to meeting our new munchkin soon.

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