I have had the privilege of photographing this family over the last several months as they have been going through this pregnancy. This weekend we did more of a styled shoot at one of the Abbeys in the area. (Because really this location screamed that it needed a long dress and a beautiful pregnant lady to help show it off.) We had a fun time wandering through the ancient ruins (the foundation was set down in the eleven hundreds), and both of us were excited about the red trailing leaves. I am thankful for the continued trust of this family and look forward to meeting their baby boy when he arrives in a few months.
The Fog and Transitions
When J. asked me to come look at a couple of her and her husband's favorite spots I wasn't really sure what we were going to get. Lo and behold they were lovely, and I imagined what the locations would look like with sun and based my time of day for the shoot for when it would look the best with sunshine. Well God decided that we were not going to have a beautiful sunny morning, but a gorgeous foggy morning instead. Thankfully all of us saw the potential in the fog and we went with it. I hope that these maternity pictures help this couple remember their time here as they get ready to move on to their new destination. I know that God will bless them wherever they land if they continue to seek Him. All the best to you both and I pray for a smooth transition.
Surrounded by Trees and Love
The leaves in the forest have yet to really start changing, which means that it is still a bit dark within the trees. The beautiful sun did shine though this weekend so we were still able to make it work and have a lovely maternity shoot. I was really impressed with this soon to be mother of two as she watched her son climb logs and run through puddles (it is always fun to play in the forest). It will be fun to see if she has another boy or girl and I look forward to photographing the new baby in December.
Serving and Protecting at Home
Thankfully I was able to do a followup maternity session with this Mama and her daughter. This time Dad got to join in on the fun after being away. I am so glad that he is home for his family and that they no longer have to stress with the not knowing whether or not he was going to make it back in time for the birth. Little A. is doing well with Dad being back and this family of 3 is ready to be a family of 4 within the next 2 weeks.
To Serve and to Protect
This photo shoot was a bit bittersweet. I photographed this Mama when she was pregnant the first time around and have thankfully been able to continue her journey as the family expands. I have photographed many women over the last couple of years but she has impressed me the most as she has had to serve and protect both her toddler and her unborn child alone while her husband has been serving our country overseas. She has shown strength and perseverance and thankfully very soon she will have her whole family together again. I look forward to photographing them together as a whole family and hopefully I get to do that before this little one is born.
Spring Maternity - Summer Baby
I was thankful that this maternity session didn't end up being rained out and that we even had some sunshine with a mix of the clouds and wind - Yay spring. This lovely couple is 32 weeks along and getting ready to meet their little girl in July. It was fun to watch them laugh and interact with each other and the two of them appeared to forget I was there every once in a while and really enjoy each other's company. Thank you for allowing me that glimpse into your relationship and I hope that these next few weeks go smoothly with much laughter and togetherness.
Warm Nights waiting on Baby
This Mother's Day weekend was amazingly beautiful and I am so grateful that I not only got to spend time with my own family but I was also able to do a few shoots.
I had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady who is due to give birth in a few weeks. Although she isn't in front of a camera much I am so glad that she felt comfortable enough with me to smile and even laugh a little. We did have a few issues with some stinging nettle but really, the shots I got while lying in it were worth it in the end.
It was a pleasure working with you both and I hope that these next few weeks are somewhat relaxing before this big change and I look forward to seeing you and your little one soon.
Sunshine beautiful Sunshine
The weather last week had me biting my nails as I watched the weather hourly (my 3 year old daughter now checks my weather app because of my obsession). Thankfully the sun does come out after the storm - even here - and I was able to do a beautiful morning shoot. Thankfully A. was willing to brave the cold and stinging nettle for my vision and I had a hard time picking pictures for her preview. I am sure you will see one or two more pictures from this shoot in the week to come.
Blue in the Forest
The weather is playing tricks on me but thankfully the sun is staying out longer so I am able to fit people in for shoots during the week (and thankfully everyone has been super flexible with me and the weather). I met this couple one evening and we took a walk through one of the local forests. It was gorgeous and we were able to document spring and a lovely pregnancy. A couple of days later I noticed that the ornamental cherry trees were in full bloom so I asked if they'd be willing to get a few more pictures and thankfully they obliged because really - those blossoms are just gorgeous.
A New Path
I photographed this family in the fall and hours after doing so their daughter got sick (which explained the needing Mama so much during that shoot). This time we scheduled their maternity shoot for the weekend and once again little E. got sick, but thankfully it was a quick bug and this super cute girl was all giggles by the time I had the opportunity to take the photographs. They are expecting baby brother in April but will be leaving in a few weeks so I am glad that I was able to photograph them when I did.
I wish you all the best on your journey and resettlement and that the rest of the pregnancy and delivery go well.
Melinda loves photography and hopes this love comes out through her work.