If you spend a good amount of time online, and especially if you’ve ever visited the gazillions of parenting blogs that currently exist, you may have realized that maternity photo shoots are pretty popular these days. It is a great way for expecting families to commemorate that special moment, and a must have for mothers-to-be who want to document every aspect of their pregnancy. All over the Internet, you can find several amazing and creative maternity photos (not to mention some epically awkward ones), that perfectly capture the people in it. Some go for a modest portrait, while others embrace their full on diva, celebrating their temporarily robust physical form in the most glamorous way possible. For a photo shoot that errs towards the latter, look no further than Sophie the pig, the ultimate diva mom. Here she is in repose during her dolled up fashion shoot.
Sophie currently resides in the Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, where, as their Facebook page would seem to suggest, she gets to hang out with loads of cute pigs, ponies, and many other farm animals. This amazing Ravenna, Ohio-based organization offers a transitional home for abused or neglected farm animals. Per its website, “Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and provides an adoption program for abused, abandoned, and neglected farm animals such as horses, ponies, pot belly pigs, farm pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep, goats, and cattle.” The farm also hosts the “Happy Trails Amish Horse Retirement Program,” which aims to rescue former Amish buggy-horses that can no longer serve families.
The people at Happy Trails contacted Enjoy The Ride Photography’s Jessica Cvelbar for Sophie’s maternity photo shoot last November, and for obvious reasons, it was an offer she simply couldn’t refuse. “How could I turn that down?” Cvelbar remarked in a recent interview with BuzzFeed, before adding, “it was a once in a lifetime request.”
And so we have marvelous pictures like the one above, a side profile that documents one very pregnant pig. Feminine, but totally tasteful, this is a look Sophie should keep well into motherhood (hats off to whoever decorated the hay in the background as well).
The photo below looks like it was maybe taken as the shoot was coming to a close. The tutu is off and the cupcakes are out! (Well, one cupcake seems to have fallen on the floor, but…cupcakes!)
Just two days after the photos were taken, Sophie finally had her little piglets, Jazzy, Simon, and Eva. Happy Trails has a donation page to get all of these piggies (including Sophie) spayed and neutered so that they can find their forever homes. Here’s the link. And here are those piglets.
Look at this sweet little piggy strutting its stuff, posing for the camera. We’re going to guess that this is the pig named Jazzy, because you can tell right away that this little guy takes after his mom.