DAVENPORT, IA (CNN) - Anything viral when you're pregnant is usually a bad thing. But a Missouri couple's pregnancy picture hit the internet and it appears to be worth thousands of likes on Facebook.
Photography is a passion and a business for Ashley Hempel of Bettendorf, Iowa. She started her own photography business inspired by her experience shooting photos of her own two kids.
She works locally, but, it's a picture of "a Kansas City couple" at Duck Creek Park that's gotten her international attention. She says, "He's embracing having a belly, I guess, and it's just the realness of it."
The photo's gone viral. According to Ashley's business Facebook page, it's already at 80,000 likes. She says, "I couldn't believe it really. It's kind of like 'Oh my gosh' overwhelming."
The couple in the photo, Laura and Aaron Morgan, can't believe it either. Aaron says, "I did what most guys with a beer belly would do and anybody that has a sense of humor would do anyway."
Laura says she had no idea what was going on behind her, then it was Ashley who gave it away. Laura says, "She just started laughing uncontrollably and I was like, 'What is going on?' and when I turned around, it was my husband doing silly poses."
Photographers like Ashley says it's these unscripted moments that everyone can relate to and it's why she loves her job. She says, "To capture something like that, you're going to have that forever and you're always going to look back at that picture and remember that moment."