Maid of Honor’s Belly – A Treasured Gift of Art

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My old friend and client Daria, whose wedding I shot past week-end, was enlightened few months ago by an idea of giving a gift of photography art to her maid of honor Julia. Julia is pregnant and lives in Chicago but contributed a tremendous amount of time and effort to helping Daria with her wedding day preparations, including researching, contacting, coordinating, etc. As Daria puts it, “she did everything”.

To show the love and appreciation to her maid of honor, Daria ordered a photo session from me, wanting nothing but a “fantastic experience”. Since Julia was visiting NYC for a week-end only, we had one night-after for the session which I promptly made available for them.

Wrapped in the soothing sounds of music, the guys were enjoying the comfort (even a nap) while picking from the fruit basket, intended as a “thank-you” gift to me from Daria. The basket was just perfect for the environment so I was glad that it found its fate. Daria was helping me with the delicate maternity session, and Julia’s husband joined her later for several shots.

The session was intimately friendly and courteous. It is remarkable to see how a young lady approaches a maternity session wearing pants and a tank top to make herself feel comfortable but led by photographer’s confidence and consideration, later may find herself wearing little to nothing… Julia’s summary of it is as an “ethereal experience” probably tells it all. In fact, she kept thinking about the clouds…

Thank you, girls, for loving each other so much, and trusting your friendship to my art. And I thank their husbands who were around for a support.

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


  1. Geof Finch says:

    Hi Ed, sorry I missed the party…and to think I was in Manhattan on the very day !

  2. Geof Finch says:

    Nice web site !

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