Photo of KC couple becomes talk of Facebook

Posted on: 11:37 am, April 16, 2013, by , updated on: 05:49am, April 17, 2013

KEARNEY, Mo. — The picture of an expecting Kansas City couple has become the talk of the Internet.

Like many couples, Laura and Aaron Morgan, hired a photographer to snap photos of the pair prior to their delivery date. But it’s what Aaron did during that photo shoot that has people talking.

“Well I do have a slight beer belly, so I was showing it off because, well, she got to show off her belly, so I figured I’d get to show mine off too,” Aaron said.

In the picture posted to Facebook, Laura is in the forefront, embracing her growing stomach like many pregnant women do. Behind her, Aaron is doing the same albeit with his beer belly.

Laura had no idea what Aaron was doing behind her until her photographer started laughing — uncontrollably.

“I was like, ‘What is going on?’” Laura said. “And when I turned around it was my husband doing silly poses.”

The picture has received more than 107,000 likes and 2,000 shares as of Tuesday and continues to receive comments on photographer Ashley Hempel’s Facebook page.  Hempel works out of Iowa.

“He’s embracing having a belly I guess,” Hempel said. “I think that it’s just the realness of it.”

Hempel and the Morgans said they never imagined it would catch on like this.

“It was put on there as kind of a sneak peak, and then it just kind of blew up and one person liked and then and where we’re at now,” Aaron said.

Laura is eight months pregnant. The couple already parent Aaron’s daughter, Lilly, together. All three said they are excited about the new addition and already have a name for the incoming baby girl: Molly Grace.

Ashley Hempel Photography

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