The photographer who puts babies back in their bump

Baby bump bowl casting could be the start of a new pregnancy trend


Have you ever wondered how cosy your newborn must have been in your tummy? Well, a Liverpool photographer has developed a unique new way to take photos of your baby that puts them back into your belly – with amazing results.


Jocelyn Conway is a family portrait photographer who’s also trained in the art of body casting. She produces a maternity body cast of the mum-to-be’s bump after 36 weeks of pregnancy and turns it into a keepsake bowl. Then, once the baby is born, they’re put in the bump bowl for a unique photo shoot.


“I haven’t had a baby back that hasn’t fit in the bowl yet, but I’m waiting for the day,” she admits, explaining that babies can come in from 5 days after birth, up to 3 weeks. “We plop them back in the bowl and they sort of go into that shape naturally, they remember what it was like,” she said. “Then I gently jiggle and rock the bowl and they love it. They usually fall asleep straight away!”

Since starting to create the one-of-a-kind pictures in March, Jocelyn has taken 25 pictures of newborns in their bump bowls – signaling the start of a new trend.


“A baby bump bowl casting is a unique and special way to capture and tie in a woman’s pregnancy and their baby’s birth,” she said. “It’s also a way of getting stunning newborn photos of a baby which incorporate a very personal photo prop – their mum’s tummy. It’s never been done before and is an exciting extension of my business which I’m finding that my clients love.”

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