Jennylyn Mercado looks like a goddess as she bares her baby bump in her romantic art-inspired shoot with celebrity photographer BJ Pascual.
The 34-year-old Kapuso actress, who is now in her 34th week of pregnancy, shared some of the photos from her shoot on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
In a vlog on YouTube on Saturday, April 9, 2022, BJ shared his inspiration behind Jennylyn's maternity shoot.
The 34-year-old photographer said he really wanted to make Jennylyn's maternity shoot look like a painting.
The muted jewel tones were inspired by the artworks of French neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Meanwhile, the floral elements were referenced from the masterpieces of Dutch Golden Age painter Simon Pietersz Verelst.
BJ said, "For this shoot, actually, drinawing ko na yung mga layout before today para ma-prepare yung outfits for the specific pose and everything.
"And today's shoot is kind of like a mishmash of different ideas because initially, I just wanted a lot of volume and romanticism, ganyan.
"And parang gusto ko lang siyang magmukhang painting, para classic lang siya para yung puwede mo i-frame, di ba?"
In a short interview after the shoot, Jennylyn admitted that she felt a little pressured after being told about the concept of the shoot. But overall, she was able to nail the pictorial one layout after another.
She told BJ, "Yung concept, sabi ko, parang, 'Kaya ko ba 'to?' Kasi ang hirap, e. Di ba parang pag buntis ka 'tapos kailangan mong... Sabi ko, 'Masyadong glam yata ito para sa akin.'
"Pero kinaya ko kasi napaka-ano naman, napaka-bilis na katrabaho ni BJ."
For the project, BJ collaborated with production designer Justine Arcega Bumanlag who made a 16-feet set design just for Jennylyn's maternity shoot.
Meanwhile, hairstylist Raymond Santiago and makeup artist Mikka Marcaida brought Jennylyn's pregnancy glow to the next level.
Jennylyn was also styled by her friend AJ Alberto for the shoot. Some of the clothes she wore were custom-made pieces by fashion designer Manny Halasan and Job Dacon.
Jennylyn also shared an update on her pregnancy with BJ.
The Kapuso actress revealed that her pregnancy now is a lot more challenging compared to her first experience when she was pregnant with her son Alex Jazz in 2008.
"Yung first pregnancy ko, parang alam mo yun, dahil 21 pa lang ako nun, parang dumaan lang siya. Hindi ako nahihirapan. Nagda-drive lang ako everyday.
"Pinupuntahan ko yung best fiend ko sa Las Piñas, gabi na ako umuuwi. Ganun lang, parang wala lang. Pero bigger ako nun, mas malaki. Talagang pinabayaan ko yung diet ko. Nag-gain ako ng 55 pounds, ganung level.
"Talagang ano lang, ine-enjoy ko lang."
Jennylyn added, "Ngayon, after almost 15 years, hay ang hirap! Ibang iba! Kasi ano siya, high-risk pregnancy ako.
"Simula pa lang nung first trimester ko, nag-bleed ako, yung kelangan ko nakahiga lang, naka-upo, hindi masyado gumagalaw, di ba?
"Kilala niyo ako, napaka-active ko, kung anu-anong ginagawa ko. So ngayon, wala akong magawa, yung nakahiga. 'Tapos, yung ultimong iihi ako, iihi ako sa tabi ng kama.
"Yung ganung movement lang, yung konti lang. 'Tapos, ang bilis kong hingalin."
Jennylyn later quipped, "Kung alam ko lang, nung 20s pa lang, nag-anak na ako nang nag-anak!"
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