Preparing for a newborn child can be a scary undertaking. To celebrate the upcoming birth of her child, one Ohio woman took some truly peculiar yet beautiful maternity photos which instilled fear in everyone but herself.
Emily Mueller wanted to capture the last days of her pregnancy before she went into labor. The South Akron, Ohio, mother of three runs a bee removal service with her husband and wanted to incorporate her work into some maternity photos. She decided to have 20,000 bees cover her pregnant belly.
In an interview with Cleveland.com, Emily said, ” Bees represent life and death. We’ve had three miscarriages, so these pictures are dedicated to life and death, to all of the children we’ve had.”
Emily looks stunning in the photos taken by her friend Kendrah Damis, who specializes in maternity shoots. She calmly sits in nature as the swarm of bees covers her stomach. Emily controlled the bees by keeping the queen in a small cage.
While she never let on any outward feelings of fright, Damis admitted she felt different than her friend. “It was uneasy, but I wasn’t that scared. I did have to flick a bee off my hand and I unconsciously hunched down when they were flying around,” she told the Huffington Post.
Mueller admitted that she was not always this calm with bees and that she used to be afraid of them. She did not get away completely unscathed. Emily was stung three times during the shoot. One time she sat on a bee accidentally. She said, ” None of the bees intentionally stung me. It was my own fault. I didn’t realize there was one on my arm.”
One thing she wants everyone to know – the baby was never at risk. She would never have put her child at risk, especially having a history of miscarriages. Emily wants people to know that bees can be gentle and not as scary as they think.