Gosh, Where do I even begin with this one? This abundantly beautiful mother to be was a co-worker of mine in my 9-5 life. For several years, we anxiously awaited her announcement that she was expecting. She was but a newlywed when she came to us, so our “gentle nudging” was all in jest but we were certainly looking forward to it. She’s such a stunning beauty to begin with, I just knew that radiant glow of pregnancy would set her off like none other.
When the day finally came, we were all elated. And, of course, I couldn’t resist
demanding requesting to do her maternity and newborn photos. I went on maternity leave before her belly really showed up, so I missed all the fun times in the office watching her grow into this new phase of life. But, when she arrived for her maternity session, she took my breath away. She was every bit as lovely as I had imagined she would be.
She chose a purple off the shoulder ruffle gown from my client wardrobe, and also brought along a ruby red stunner as well. Of course, we could expect this saucy Peruvian goddess to bring her own spicy flair! We had so much fun with her session and I was thrilled that her husband came along for the ride and got in on some photos too! I love when the dad’s to be join in. This is a time to celebrate both of them as they prepare for their new roles as “Mom and Dad”.
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to take the time to capture my own family more frequently. With my real camera. Not my phone. All too often, it is so easy to just lift that palm sized camera while scrolling Facebook and grabbing a quick snap. But, sadly, those photos don’t print all that well and with my sweet littles always on the move, I don’t always catch the moment before it’s gone. I’m hoping to stay on track with printing these and putting them in an actual photo album for them to look back on over the years. My last trip home, I brought back a photo album and a box of photos from my childhood. It was amazing to look back on those memories and to see so much of my children’s faces in my own and in the faces of my loved ones.
This was a random Thursday morning. My middle child is currently obsessed with her Elsa PJs. My oldest child couldn’t be less interested in clothes. And my youngest is still in that “lump on a log” stage. (but not for long…she’s 6 months old as of the day these were taken! ) The kids were playing in the dining room when I started skulking around the house with my camera. My son was crushing kinetic rocks, while sitting on top of the dining table, naturally. My daughter disappeared into her room, where I found her making me all sorts of delicious food in her kitchen. The next thing I know, we were having a full on photo shoot day! Both of the older kids got their cameras out. My son focused his attention on capturing me or the dog…whomever was the most amicable subject at the time. My daughter, clearly on her way to being a newborn photographer, started snapping photos of her doll in the stroller. Meanwhile, the baby kicked and babbled in the crib watching us with wide eyes. I can already see the love of this art forming for her as well.
As you can tell…this was all so spontaneous that my daughter’s room is a mess. And that’s ok. That’s real life. One day, I’ll miss the toys and the footie PJs strewn across the floor. And lucky for me… I’ll have this day to return to again…when my babies were content to take photos, crush rocks, and make their mama yummy plastic snacks.
I met this sweet mama through one of my mom groups about a year ago. She was selling my unicorn Tula and I was bound and determined to make it mine. We met up in the Target parking lot and immediately hit it off. She was so sweet and funny! Fast forward to the fall, we finally got her amazing family in front of the camera!
She chose Jacobsburg Park in Easton as the backdrop for her fall family photos and I fell IN LOVE. This is an amazing location! There are pathways, creeks, old historical structures. A photographer’s paradise, for sure. We crossed over the bridge and in an instant, we were transported from a parking lot into a colorful forest.
We strolled along the path admiring the scenery and chit chatting until we came upon the best little wading hole. I can’t wait to come back here in the summer when the weather is warmer.
As much as I loved this place, it is pretty special to them too. They were so excited to show me the way to the water and that’s obviously their favorite spot. They were being so cautious not to get their adorable outfits wet and muddy, but I could tell they wanted nothing more than to splash around and have a ball.