A man in Texas, USA Justin Sylvester, has become a viral sensation after posting his “maternity” shoot on Reddit
In the photos, the 31-year-old proud dad-to-be sticks out his own belly while striking poses similar to that of an expectant mother.
“I call my Facebook feed ‘Babybook,’ because it’s filled with nothing but people having babies and maternity pics. I asked my wife, Meghan, if she wanted to take maternity pictures [she is nine months pregnant and due any day now]. She didn’t take them for our first child, and said she didn’t want to now. When I sat back down I said, ‘Screw it, I’ll hire my own photographer and do it myself.’ ” he tells People Magazine.
He reached out to a photographer Kerri Lohmeier who helped him achieve his unorthodox idea.
Although Justin may look effortless in the photos, he tells reporters it was not an easy task.
“I had to stick my belly out for 30 minutes. It’s like flexing your abs, but in a different direction. I was sore all day, and my lower back hurt from the shifting weight. I actually had a small glimpse into the pains that my wife and other women experience for nine full months! It’s truly an amazing sacrifice.” he says.