When I photograph a maternity session its really important that the mom to be feels beautiful! I want maternity images to be romantic and engaging. I don’t think anyone feels great about their body while pregnant, but its my job to create a safe environment for moms to feel comfortable enough to show their bump. I never thought I would miss pregnancy but I do. I try to capture the fleeting moments to preserve for each mom.
Here are a few snaps of our girl at 5 weeks old. I’ve always wanted to do this kind of newborn photography, but never really had babies to “practice” with. Most moms ask for babies in baskets, “pretty shots,” and everything posed. I really wanted to do something different to share another way! I like to see the real details, to remember. One day these clothes won’t fit, she won’t be this tiny, and I may not still have these blankets. I want to be able to picture each moment as it actually was. I hope this helps some other moms see that documentary photography can be a really special way to photograph babies.
Three weeks pregnant and counting I had to make time to fit in one of my fave families. It was pretty cold so we had to keep little hands and feet warm throughout with kisses, lots of swinging in the air and jumping in piles of leaves. With this group I always expect to see lots of dimples, huge laughs, and good times. Little Marlow was such a hoot wearing moms hat and snuggling close, while Axel was all about finding big sticks and digging holes. What a beautiful fall and fun way to spend some of my last days pre-baby myself. I can’t wait to continue exploring lifestyle sessions and pushing a more documentary approach with kids and families. I love real moments and just taking time to have fun! When you let kids be themselves the cutest things happen. See below 😉
Fall Family Portraits
Here’s another family I’ve had the pleasure of photographing for a few years now. Grandma decided to get all of the cousins together for a big fall photoshoot. This is such a fun and caring group. All of the older kids were so sweet with baby Grace as she ran as fast as she could to keep up 🙂
fall family portrait – documentary photographer – lifestyle photography
I’ve been photographing this family for a long time and enjoy every second. We spent the entire session laughing at Jackson’s hilarious little jokes as he told us that his sister would only listen to him about posing and he’d get her to smile by yelling hamburger (and she’d repeat some really cute baby version of it). I love photos of kids just being themselves, playing, laughing, snacking, and snuggling. Sometimes sessions include little fits and tears but they are all special memories later!
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”