Pregnant woman poses with 20,000 bees since losing her first child after a similar photo shoot
Emily Mueller stunned the internet with a maternity photo shoot that involved thousands of bees on and around her. But it's not the first time the beekeeper has done something like this.
The 34-year-old is featuring bees in her pregnancy photos once again. She did a similar shoot last year but sadly lost the child in a stillbirth incident late last fall. A video of the new shoot is found below.
According to PEOPLE, Emily and her husband Ryan got pregnant again only three months after their loss. The Ohio couple decided that another bee-studded shoot would be part of the celebration for their new baby.
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"I didn't want to do the same thing I did last time. I wanted to do something more unique," Emily said.
The last time, Emily covered her stomach with 20,000 of the flying insects. She only endured three bites in the process.
"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, who owns Mueller Honey Bee and Rescue with her 38-year-old husband, is already a mother to three children: Cadyn, 11, Madelynn, 4, and Westyn, 2.
She wanted to remember her lost son in the new shoot. She explained:
"It was in memory of him, in honor of him and a way to honor my pregnancy. I'm due next month."
So she collaborated with photographer Kendrah Damis to create remarkable maternity shots.
"We wanted to honor him one more time. I found it exhilarating and I absolutely enjoyed every second of it."
In addition to the bee-filled photo, Emily did a shoot in which she donned a pink dress and held a yellow python in one arm and an apple in the other. Another small python lay on her head.
She also took a photo where she wore a white dress, a crown of pink flowers, and held a white bird on her hand.
"And bees are such a huge thing in the Egyptian history. So I wanted to mix all that together, turning myself into a beautiful Egyptian goddess like Cleopatra and using the bees that are symbolic in Egyptian history."
The highlight shot featured Emily undressed, and covered in gold paint to depict an Egyptian goddess. An extravagant necklace lay above her chest which was covered in around 16,000 bees. They also rested on her head as she held onto her bosom.
Emily said that someone called her picture a "bee-opatra" so she seemed to have gotten the look she was going for.
Damis, who posted the shoot to her Facebook page, said that "the strength Emily portrays as a mother is admirable, to say the least."
Previously, Emily explained to PEOPLE that bees for her "represent the beginning of new life and after [her] second miscarriage, [she] needed a new release."
That's when she went into beekeeping. She continued, "I connected with the bees and it helped take my mind off of other hardships that were surrounding me at the time. Some people do yoga... I do bees."
While Emily hopes that persons become more educated on bees, who are "gentle" in her eyes, one empathetic beekeeper captured an endearing moment that showed some bees caring for their brother back in August 2018.
Peter Walkosz from Michigan removed a bee from a honey extractor in his home. But the bee was already soaked and in danger of dying since he couldn't move.
When Walkosz placed the bee near a hive, others gathered round to rescue their brother by cleaning off his wings. After a half an hour, the bee could move again.
Walkosz captured the entire scenario on camera. The Facebook video garnered over 11 million views since it was posted.