Woman who lost baby after maternity shoot with bees poses with swarm again to celebrate new pregnancy
Emily Mueller, who suffered a still birth last fall after posing with over 20,000 bees for a maternity shoot is giving it another shot.
Emily Mueller, a resident of Akron, Ohio, made headlines last year for celebrating her pregnancy by posing with more than 20,000 bees swarming around her belly. Tragically, her pregnancy resulted in a stillbirth. Now, the 34-year-old mother of three is preparing to welcome another baby, and she’s celebrating with another bee-filled shoot, reports People.
“I didn’t want to do the same thing I did last time. I wanted to do something more unique,” Mueller says. “I truly wanted to represent the amazing miracle of how a woman’s body is so amazing and we’re all a goddess being able to give birth. In my mind, I wanted to be a symbolic queen bee.”
Emily, a beekeeper and owner of Mueller Honey Bee and Rescue, teamed up with photographer Kendrah Damis for a series of maternity shots, including one that showed the expectant mother painted as a gold “Egyptian goddess.” She wore an elaborate necklace with a swarm of about 16,000 bees resting on her head and chest. She says she attached the queen bee to a cap on her head and let the insects all flock to her.
During her previous pregnancy, Emily and husband Ryan were awaiting a fourth child. They have three children --Cadyn, 11, Madelynn, 4, and Westyn, 2. But the pregnancy ended in tragedy when Emily suffered a stillbirth last fall.
Many were shocked by Emily’s shoot last year, but the bee expert said she took several precautions and only moved forward with the shoot with the blessing of the parks and recreation department. “I am in my beehives on a regular basis, I do it as a full-time job so for me it’s normal to have bees on me,” she says. “It’s normal.”
Talking about how they achieved the shot where all the bees swarm around her belly, she says: “I pressed my hand to my belly, because bees follow their queen, so they would settle on my womb,” she explains.
“People feel like I’m endangering my child, but it’s due to a lack of education on honeybees — they don’t understand how gentle they really are,” Emily adds, who found out she was pregnant in February, just three months after her son’s stillbirth. Talking about how her new maternity shoot is in memory of their late son, she says: “We wanted to honor him one more time. I found it exhilarating and I absolutely enjoyed every second of it.”