Sasha Matthews, owner of Green Tangerine Photography, is a Baton Rouge Louisiana based photographer who specializes in maternity, engagements, newborn, children’s milestones, and so much more. What she is best known for, however, is the stunning way in which she photographs pregnant black women.
In an interview with The Blonde Misfit, Matthews admits she didn’t take any maternity pictures while she was pregnant
I didn’t receive a lot of support during my pregnancy. I didn’t take any photos of myself and never even considered taking maternity portraits. I have always regretted it. I didn’t want any other woman to feel the same shame I felt, so I focused my photography on maternity portraits–this way I could help empower other women to embrace their pregnancy and capture such a pivotal and monumental moment. I am thrilled to be a part of the process.
In my experience there’s a lot of shame and stigma surrounding women of color and pregnancy
I wanted to try and shift the narrative of what black motherhood looks like
The mothers-to-be are adorned with flower crowns, tummy hugging gowns, and long trains. The women wear beautiful bold colors that just makes their already glowing skin pop.
I am at my best when i’m empowering women. At the end of the day we deserve to feel valued and feel important
Its hard to feel beautiful when you are very pregnant and you’re not feeling your best. I can say for certain black motherhood is beautiful, bold, and a blessing. Thank you Sasha for capturing the essence of the expecting women of color. Bravo. And for more maternity fashion, click HERE and HERE, for Lisa’s preggo pics from a few years ago. They don’t quite compare to Sasha’s photography, but they are still fun to see! Follow Sasha’s facebook page HERE for more updates.
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