Text by Jane Kingsu-Cheng
Photos by The Boudoir Dolls
Hair and Makeup by Madge Lejano
Set design and styling by Yvonne Camay
“At first I was shy but I realized I’ve never done a shoot like this. Pregnancy is beautiful. Growing a little miracle inside you, carrying him or her for 9 months… I wanted to highlight that in the photos and document it. I wanted to remember this stage in my life,” reveals Andi Manzano-Reyes, when asked about the recent maternity shoot she posted online.
It was the Boudoir Dolls who approached Andi for this shoot, and they shot this over the holidays at the Reyes’ home. She was about 35 weeks then when they had the shoot. “We wanted to shoot at the beach, but we were thinking of the traffic. It was too difficult for me to travel far so we decided to do it in my house. This is actually the first photo shoot we ever had here.”
Having toddlers join in the shoot is always a treat, but how does one make sure they behave? Andi shares, “Olivia is such a pro. We did my solo shots while she was in school and as soon as she came home, she skipped lunch because she wanted to join me already for the shoot. She was so game!”
Naturally, Andi’s favorite shots are those of her and three-year-old daughter Olivia. “It was so natural especially the ones of her kissing my belly or holding it. I could see how ready she is to be an ate.”
Andi is married to entrepreneur GP Reyes and is on her 38th week and is due anytime.