Imagine covering yourself with 20,000 bees for maternity photos. Well, a young mother in South Akron, Ohio, has done this. Emily Mueller, 33, wore a white maternity dress and posed in nature as 20,000 bees were swarming on her.
In one of the pictures, Mueller is sitting in the grass with the bees covering her pregnant belly. In order to control the bees for the photos, she held a small cage with the queen bee.
Many people are afraid of bees and consider them to be dangerous. Some people might question the safety of covering oneself with bees. Emily Mueller and her spouse, Ryan, operate a bee-removal business, so she knew exactly what she was doing. The woman who photographed her was Kendrah Damis.
Mueller decided to pose with bees because of the spiritual significance that bees have for her and her husband. She experienced three miscarriages in the past, and she felt that bees symbolize her struggles because they symbolize life and death. The symbolism of the bees, as well as the feeling of them all around her provided for a very spiritual experience. She felt like she was able to fully connect with nature.
Did she get stung? Of Course! However, none of the bees intentionally attacked her. She was stung three times. She was stung one time because she accidentally sat on a bee. Another time she was stung because she accidentally crushed a bee with one of her arms.
Upon hearing this story some people might question how safe this would be for an unborn baby. Well, her unborn baby was unharmed. Honey bees happen to be very docile and safe to be around.
Mueller was pregnant with her fourth child, and she said that with four children, her and her husband are “good to go.”