Mom’s Maternity Shoot Goes Viral, Belly Covered in Thousands of This Species

August 31, 2017Aug 31, 2017

Emily Mueller, a mother of three and soon-to-be mother of four, had a unique (and risky) idea for her maternity shoot with her fourth child. The photographer, Kendrah Damis, agreed to the photoshoot, even though she was slightly nervous about the risks it posed.

Mueller operates bee colony removal business with her husband, which focuses on saving bees. Bees are a big part of their lives for multiple reasons, so she wanted to incorporate that into her shoot.

Mueller stated to, "Bees represent life and death. We've had three miscarriages, so these pictures are dedicated to life and death, to all of the children we've had."

The maternity pictures show thousands of bees swarmed around her belly and other parts of her body. According to, she was covered in roughly 20,000 bees.

How did she do it? Since she is an expert with this species, she revealed that before bees leave their hive to follow the Queen Bee, they eat too much, so they are too full to be able to bend their bodies appropriately to sting.

The photographer shared photos from the shoot, which has gone viral. The post has been shared over 8,800 times, has more than 4,000 reactions, and more than 8,000 comments. Additionally, this story has been picked up by multiple news source, including Fox News.

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