Last week I got to photograph at Glyptoteket in Copenhagen with Stine and her beautiful baby bump (there is a tiny little girl hiding in there that is expected on December 29th). Stine used to be my boss when I worked at The Royal Danish Academy of Music during my master’s degree, and with our shared interest in visual arts and photography we quickly hit it off, so when she asked me if I wanted to photograph her and her gorgeous belly I was really excited! I have never done anything like it before, and she though that it could be a good challenge for me, and it sure was. We had such a fun afternoon at Glyptoteket playing around with the statues, palm trees and gorgeous colored walls. Combining a museum visit with a photo shoot is a great idea, I must say. All credit to Stine for coming up with the idea! She also has a degree in history, so I bet that might have played a part in the decision.
I was completely smitten with the light blue room. It has these huge windows in the ceiling giving it the most incredible light that makes it easy to avoid bad shadows, and lets you indulge in even, bright light. Stine’s favourite location was the palm garden in the middle of the museum. It is so humid in there that you get a little hint of that tropical feeling. Something that is really wonderful about Copenhagen is the many hidden locations, and the palm room at Glyptoteket feels like such a fresh and wonderful place to visit, in the middle of the busy city. Also, it was a really nice backdrop for Stine and her baby girl.
Stine and her husband Mike (or Michael), met in 2001 when they were both living in London, and has later lived in both New Zealand and Denmark. Mike is from New Zealand and is of Chinese origin, and the couple lived there until 2006 when they moved to Copenhagen.
The day we met at Glyptoteket was Stine’s first day of maternity leave, so for the next month she is just going to relax and prepare for their little girl, making sure she gets the best possible conditions to grow strong and healthy before being ready to meet her parents in December.
When I asked Stine about her thoughts on becoming a mother, she said that the months of carrying her little girl, feeling her grow and start to move is already creating an incredible bond with the baby. During our time together her little girl was becoming increasingly active in her belly, and Stine asked me to feel her kick when we were shooting in the palm garden. It’s been a really long time since I have known someone who was pregnant, and it freaked me out a little, it’s such an incredible and very, very strange feeling. I mean, I know where babies come from, but to actually feel her little girl kicking me from inside her belly was so beautiful. She is growing a tiny little human inside of her. I can understand that she is excited to finally meet her.
she looks stunning with that belly
I bet their little girl is anxious to get out soon!