Shrewsbury woman provides custom colours for baby bumps

A photographer has unveiled an unusual sideline, by offering pregnant women the chance to paint their baby bumps.

Hannah Lloyd-Roberts, from Greenfields, has her baby bump painted by photographer Nikki Prince
Hannah Lloyd-Roberts, from Greenfields, has her baby bump painted by photographer Nikki Prince

Nikki Prince, aged 32, from Springfield, Shrewsbury launched her photography business, which is called Royal Touch Photography, in September.

The mother-of-one specialises in maternity, newborn and family shoots – and is also running quirky bump painting sessions.

Miss Prince invites mothers-to-be to come up with their own designs which are painted on to their stomachs and photographed. She said: “The bump-painting sessions are a fun and novel way to help you remember your pregnancy.

“In many cultures painting patterns on a pregnant belly is a tradition thought to bring good luck to the expectant mum.

“Bump painting allows mum-to-be to have her bump painted with a custom design, with popular designs including seasonal pumpkins and Christmas puddings.

“One mum described the experience as being like having her bump pampered.”

During the session pregnant women are painted with safe, non-toxic face and body paints.

Nikki said: “As every bump is totally different in size and shape no two designs will be the same.

“Each painted design will be unique to the individual.”

She recently painted the bump of Hannah Lloyd-Roberts, decorating it to look like a present, complete with a gift tag reading: ‘Do not open until Jan 2013.’