Mom-To-Be Bares Her Belly, Poses with Cop Cars in Delmar Loop Photo Shoot [PHOTOS]

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Photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography
Lindsay Itzkowitz takes maternity photo shoots out of the studio and into the streets.
You never know what you'll see in the Delmar Loop.

Among the buskers, gutter punks, student groups and activists with petitions populating one of the "Ten Great Streets America", there's a new character on the scene: the bare-bellied mom-to-be.

Just four days before giving birth, Lindsay Itzkowitz strutted her stuff down the Delmar Loop for an urban maternity photo shoot shot by her sister, Stephanie Cotta. The pair drew confused looks and cat-calls -- especially since Itzkowitz' gossamer gown played up her baby bump.

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"I was a little apprehensive," Itzkowitz admits to Daily RFT. "People were very curious. People asked, 'Oh, is it your wedding day?' When I dropped the gown and my belly came out, they were like, 'Oh.' There was definitely that shock value."

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Itzkowitz says she felt embraced by people on the Loop as she sauntered back and forth across the crosswalk, occasionally pausing next to a street mural or cop car while her sister snapped away. She posted the photos on her healthy living blog, Itz Linz.

"Everyone was turning their heads," Itzkowitz remembers. "It was a very cool feeling to know just how open everyone is in the Loop with how diverse it is. It's easier to do it there than, say, Chesterfield or Clayton."

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Update: Itzkowitz says her sister Cotta, a family photographer who won the 2010 Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award was the one who suggested taking photos in the Loop.

Itzkowitz says she agreed because after struggling with infertility, she was ready to show off her big belly.

"In the past, women were wearing mumus and covering up their bellies," she says. "I was all about showing it off."

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We have to wonder: Will we see more preggers ladies sashaying down Delmar this summer? Is urban maternity photography a new trend?

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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create51
create51

Both Stephanie and "Itz Linz" aka Lindsay are both conceited and narcissistic. Ever see their Instagram posts? Get over yourselves ladies! 

Misty Dawn Gaither
Misty Dawn Gaither

People are seriously assholes. First off it's her choice to try and have children if she wants. Secondly, Pregnancy is beautiful. Women are beautiful. She is a gorgeous confident mother who is excited about her pregnancy... Photography is art and just because you don't see the vision the artist or subject has doesn't mean it's horrible. It shows beauty still exhists in this busy world and if you took the time to appreciate it well... We wouldn't have to listen to assholes and their negativity:)

Kat Kes
Kat Kes

Barbi Spencer these were the pics I was talking about

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

It's straight out of You Are Not a Photographer

Veronica Stewart
Veronica Stewart

The BEAUTY of Mother Nature is nothing to be ASHAMED. ;-)

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

(I didn't watch the video and not commenting on it at all.) Why force your body to do what it doesn't want to when there are so many babies and children out there that need homes? I was one of them. I'm adopted. I know I am SO LUCKY and SO LOVED because my bio mom did the right thing giving me up and my adoptive parents were made complete with me in their lives.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Tacky. She has every right to be tacky, but it's still tacky.

berlykim212
berlykim212

She is actually a very genuine person. If you actually read the article it explains that her and her husband had trouble with fertility for a while, so how dare you people be so cruel! She deserves to be proud and flaunt her gorgeous baby bump! Some people just have no appreciation for art..

Patti Longworth
Patti Longworth

That's ridiculous. It would be one thing if she was dressed like whatever that's supposed to be in a field or something, but this is just some lady who isn't getting enough attention at home. Ugh grow up.

Dana Telle
Dana Telle

How is this disgusting, but it's ok for nasty looking women to walk around showing ALL their junk, and men to walk around with their pants around their ankles, looking like damn fools?? This is a beautiful picture and AMAZING photographer and this gorgeous momma will have some AWESOME pics for the rest of her life. She may not ever be pregnant again and will always remember and be thankful for looking this way. NOT disgusting. What's disgusting is all the NEGATIVITY. Just because you don't understand it, doesn't make it bad.

Dana Telle
Dana Telle

Love, love, LOVE! Wish I looked this amazing when I was pregnant!

John Nevettie
John Nevettie

Probably you before me because I contribute in ways your little mind cannot comprehend....

Brittany May
Brittany May

She did this 4 days before giving birth. It's all for media attention. The pictures didn't even turn out good. Good job getting all the cars in the background and barely being able to see you in most pictures. And the cop car? Unless that's where you got knocked up, that's just fucking stupid. I'm going to get hate for this. Bring it on. I'm not a shit talker, I'm a truth teller.

Kevin McElligott
Kevin McElligott

John and if where lucky maybe a car will take out you, and remove you from humanity's gene pool.

MaryContra
MaryContra

Just read the CJ page.  Let's lift each other up and stop throwing each other under the bus.    Educate not bully.  Meg Bitton and CJ Nicolai both give workshops.  This is what we old school teachers call a teachable moment.  Do Better.  Be Better.   

my_opinion
my_opinion

I read about this on CJ Nicolai Photography's page and didn't bother commenting there,  CJ is regulating what comments she keeps on her page.  CJ is completely within her rights to erase comments that don't agree with her blatantly stupid opinion.  This is not new, Meg Bitton and Lisa Hollaway do the same.  


But this had nothing to do with her.  If she wanted to open this up for an honest intelligent discussion, she should leave up comments from both sides.  Not the bashfest on Stephanie that has been happening for two days on her public BUSINESS page.  


As a few people have said before, there is nothing new in photography.  You can't trademark an idea.  Move on, people are copied daily.  Hell Suave makes knock off shampoo. Prescription drugs have generics. Seriously, get over it.  


Yes it could have been cool for Stephanie Cotta to make sure it was put in the article that she was inspired by Meg Bitton.  Maybe she did say this and the author just left it out.  Maybe the sister who was actually interviewed for the article didn't know the importance of crediting her?  Who knows, maybe Stephanie and her sister saw the photographs and forgot about them, then when brainstorming photo-shoot ideas this came from their sub conscience?   Someone should be a big girl and ask her instead of publicly being a b!tch in front of your customers.  


What the hell is up with photographers and going behind each others backs, posting nonsense, spreading drama?  Grow up and ask questions, stop hiding behind your computer.  


CJ, I enjoyED your work.  Unliked because you are a BULLY.  

John Nevettie
John Nevettie

Stop crying! Seems like another in the way person who is going to give birth to another in the way person. So a speeding car would help everyone out!!! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS because they probably have been INDOCTRINATED with LIBERAL OOZE...

Karen Kuda
Karen Kuda

Beautiful photo shoot, she is absolutely glowing, love it!

Meredith Gulley
Meredith Gulley

Jamie Marie you must of had a rough upbringing, clearly your parents never taught you how to shut the fuck up :)

Mary Evelyn Decker
Mary Evelyn Decker

lol im not catholic.. sweetie,,,, sounds like you miss read what I said.. if it was my daughter I would be proud of her.. so put your mislead shooting gun back in your pocket.

Allison Reif Reppy
Allison Reif Reppy

This is a wonderful woman full of love for the amazing baby growing in her belly. She wanted this for so long and she flaunted it for this shoot. Proud of her and her sister who loves all pregnant bellies and especially this one with her sweet nephew inside! SCP and Itzlinz you are awe-inspiring women who show passion for what you love from photog, to healthy living to the amazing families you are raising and the loving family you are from. Proud of you both!

Jamie Marie
Jamie Marie

Please reread my comment. I said I am not calling her any names because I don't KNOW her. Have a nice day skank!

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

And yet you keep reading the articles. If you dislike the RFT so much, stop reading it and commenting in such a negative way.

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

I want to see that. She is beautiful and radiating joy. Get a life loser

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

I'm sure her mother is. Your catholic guilt sarcasm is noted.

Mimi Le Yu
Mimi Le Yu

Apparently you do cuz you read the article.

doublekickoriginal1
doublekickoriginal1

According to your reply you need to grow up! You must be jealous it wasnt you!

FL787
FL787

@my_opinion  1st.  Meg is her own person.  Everyone constantly comparing her to Lisa Holloway is dumb.  


2nd.  CJ is a wildcard and we love her for that.  Girl says what is on her mind.  It should have included a phone call first, maybe but why?  Stephanie messed up, why give her a second chance?  


3rd.  The word bully is not applicable here.  Sorry.

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