Mrs. D's Welcoming Milk Bath // Hampton Roads Boudoir Photographer

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Exact origins of milk bath photography are almost as elusive as the bathing practice itself. Lore and fiction cites characters trying to retain the appearance of youth through the use of baths entirely made up of milk from different animals but they might be onto something as far as health and relaxation are concerned. Properties of the milk itself such as the lactic and alpha hydroxyl acid are rejuvenating for skin due to dissolution of proteins that hold together dead cells. The metaphor of shedding one’s old skin to be birthed into a healthier and more natural glow is perhaps what drew the initial inspiration behind the inclusion into maternity photography but the results are truly stunning!

Other scents are often added as well as florals and essential oils that can all aid in relaxation and various other health benefits. Lavender calms anxiety and releases tension from the muscles due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and oils such as Vitamin E can help to block free radicals from the body which play a role in delaying the aging process leaving your skin feeling healthier and more youthful than ever!

The use of flowers within photography often provides the beautiful pop of color, complimentary to the softness of natural skin or even if you choose a more conservative sheer fabric or ensemble to accompany your shoot. We want you feeling your best and most comfortable so that you can shine and look your best! I know I’m a sucker for symbolism, and there’s something indescribable about the beauty of motherhood and the creation of life alongside flowers and plants. Rose petals to represent the love of a mother and child bond being forged or floating daisies for the innocence and cheerfulness at the life you’re about to welcome into the world!

As cited in a 2018 Huffpost article, our goal at Sarah McDaniel Studio is to ensure the empowerment of women of all stages of pregnancy to feel their best and most sexy! Our bodies are incredible and change so much throughout the course of bringing new life into the world, but the beauty of changing shapes and sizes are focal points to be celebrated during your milk bath shoot.

“Why can’t we do both? Why can’t mothers feel sexy? We can feel powerful. We can feel sexy!” - Sarah McDaniel

Our primary concern at all times during your shoot is the safety of both mother and baby as well as comfortability. We want your experience to bring only positive memories to add to your mounting joy while providing you with a tranquil and safe environment for the entirety of your session with us. If you are interested in more information about our maternity shoot packages and milk baths in particular please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Sarah McDaniel Studio offers maternity and boudoir photography services throughout the coastal Virginia area including:

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