This beautiful baby settled in quickly to sleepy time and we captured so much goodness. Those first days of baby go by so quickly, they are often filled with sleep deprived nights, frequent short naps, lots of feedings and diapers. Before you know it, baby has reached an all-imporatne milestone and you wonder how he has grown so fast. Then, suddenly … he is turning one year old, and again you wonder where has the time gone?
These moments of baby’s first year are fleeting. However, the first year is marked with so much growth, milestones and changes for baby. So much to remember during that first year …that is why we have dedicated our Baby Portrait Plan to baby’s entire first year!
Unlike many baby plans, ours includes unlimited portrait sessions until baby turns one year old!
We also include a maternity portrait session in our baby plan, because that is where it all begins. Parenthood is an amazing adventure and it is one that encompasses so much emotion. I have said it many times, but I honestly love my job! I adore capturing beautiful newborn baby portraits, but I equally love maternity portraits. In fact, when asked my favorite type of portrait session – I honestly always reply maternity portraits. Yes, I do love the babies, and they hold a special place in my heart – always. I will always be a newborn photographer, but maternity portraits are special because they capture those “before” moments … before baby.
Maternity portraits capture a defining time for a couple. Weddings are amazing and definitely capture beautiful photography moments during a life changing time of life. Now pregnancy, another life changing experience … this is the big moment after they walk down the aisle…now they are walking down the journey of parenthood … this is the beginning. It defines the season of moving from “a couple” to “parents.” They are beginning a family, their family – their source of love, laughter and life for years to come. The couple is transitioning from a family of two to three…from here on out, everything changes … their world changes, their hearts are filled with even more love than they could ever have thought possible or imagined as they share a special bond of love with each other for their new baby.
My favorite part of maternity portraits is the connection between mom and dad. I watch as dad is completely smitten with the love of his life, carrying his child – that love is overwhelming. The love a man holds in his heart for his wife and child is so amazing. I watch as dad-to-be gazes in his wife’s eyes, adoring her and her beauty in this beautiful season of motherhood and as he pulls her close to gently kiss her forehead in total adoration of her. He honors her, he cherishes her, and she is so in love with her husband and her baby she anxiously awaits to hold him in her arms.
The anticipation is another incredible aspect of maternity portrait sessions. The joy of awaiting the arrival of your baby is so evident. What will he look like … who will he look like … what kind of little personality will he have … all of these thoughts (and many more) go round and round in your head over these 40 weeks of pregnancy. This is the greatest adventure of your marriage and one to be treasured forever.
Sometimes clients contact me for a newborn photo shoot and wish to skip a maternity portrait session for many reasons. I always tell them maternity portraits are my favorite types of sessions for the reasons above and so many more. If you are expecting, please consider a maternity portrait session. Hire a photographer who specializes in maternity photography to tell your story as you enter into parenthood. I offer custom styled maternity portraits, even destination maternity portrait sessions like the one above, which was in charming Charleston, South Carolina, a place that captured a piece of my heart … I must visit again soon!
Our maternity portraits reflect you, in your element. We have a different approach to maternity portraits. We custom style the session based on your unique requests and our unique vision for your session , the end result … amazing! The one constant is beauty … we focus on capturing mom’s natural beauty as it radiates throughout the portrait session. Mom-to-be always looks and feels beautiful … and now, we offer complimentary hair and makeup to our expectant moms in our in our Baby Portrait Plan club. Click here to see more of our maternity portfolio and then read more about our Baby Portrait Plan that includes your amazing maternity portrait session!