“I Was Incredibly Nervous” Tyrese Surprised Wife Samantha Gibson With Maternity Shoot
I’ve heard of surprise birthday parties, surprise retirement parties or surprise engagement parties. But R&B singer Tyrese, 39, has introduced another type of event that can also be a surprise – a maternity shoot.
On the morning of Jul. 1, Samantha Gibson, Tyrese’s wife, woke up to a camera crew that was all there to take photos of them celebrating their first child together.
Taken by Derek Blanks at the couple’s Georgia estate, the photos were exclusively shared with People magazine. Samantha told the publication that waking up to such a surprise made her “incredibly nervous.” At the time, she was 30 weeks pregnant, but once she overcame the shock, Tyrese described her as a woman who “stepped into her power.”
“To go almost completely bare in a lot of photos was an extremely, extremely challenging experience,” Samantha said.
“But on the bright side,” she adds, “I was really happy because pregnancy is a process. Your body is changing, and to be able to accept that change publicly and really just put it out there like that confidently — I tried to trick myself into thinking I was doing something for women all over the world.”
The photos are stunning. Not only is the couple photographed, but they made sure to include 11-year-old Shayla Gibson, Tyrese’s daughter from his first marriage with Norma Gibson.
Samantha shared a few pics on Instagram with encouraging words to women, expecting mothers, and mothers who have already given birth about the importance of embracing every so-called body flaw.
“My hubby surprised me with a maternity shoot, encouraged me, and walked me through EVERY step of the way. It was ALOT! God bless his patience…I encourage you to embrace every stretch mark, every additional pound on that scale, every new change…our body being able to create life is a BLESSING. Period,” she wrote.
My hubby surprised me with a maternity shoot, encouraged me, and walked me through EVERY step of the way. It was ALOT! God bless his patience. And the images came out so beautiful, check out all of the photos on @people ! Shot by the GREAT @mrdblanks! To all of my mamas to be out there, you are absolutely beautiful and perfect in every which way. I don’t care what size or shape your body has taken due to your pregnancy, Do not let ANYONE, I mean, ANYONE create any insecurity for the miracle that’s occurring within YOU. It’s our society that’s created unrealistic standards for us! I encourage you to embrace every stretch mark, every additional pound on that scale, every new change…our body being able to create life is a BLESSING. Period.
Tyrese, 39, says his goal was to make his wife the focus of the shoot. “I actually purposely stayed out of a lot of photos,” he told People. “I told her this is a moment that I really wanted to capture with her and her daughter.”
Both have decided on the name Soraya, who is due to enter the world in September.
“We can not put into words how much we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends and loved ones,” they said in a statement. “We are beyond excited to welcome Soraya Gibson home!”
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