For a long time now, I have loved shooting maternity portraits. A lot of my clients know me as a wedding photographer, but I really enjoy documenting all seasons of life. I have a special place in my heart for maternity and newborn pictures, especially after having been through the experience myself now and can relate to new mamas! I was SO excited when Jaime decided to book me not only for her maternity session, but bundled it with a newborn home session as well. Having just entered her third trimester, we scheduled to shoot at the Redondo Beach Pier over in Des Moines (yes, in Washington)! I was very happy we beat the rain that followed the next day. Izzy and Jaime were so sweet together and I know they are eager to meet their baby boy this February. I’m looking forward to meeting him as well and getting to capture some of his first moments in this big world!
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What a JOY it is to capture memories for those closest to me! My sister Marissa is expecting her first child this November and I’m not sure I could be any happier for her! I first found out she was pregnant literally just days before I gave birth to my own baby. So technically I can say we were pregnant together (for at least a couple weeks)! This has been a wonderful season of life for me as I’ve entered motherhood and I’m so excited that we get to do it together now. Not to mention how great it’ll be for our babies to be close in age. Now she just needs to move to Washington so they can grow up together!
On my recent visit to New Jersey for the baby shower, we had not just one, but two shoots planned. I was happy to venture out with her and Tony for both! Our first session we stuck with the natural, wooded feel and despite the overcast day, Marissa was still glowing. The next day, we woke up early for a sunrise beach shoot and even though the sun was tucked away behind a layer of clouds, she was still radiant! It was a fun morning and she wasn’t afraid to end the shoot in the waves. Made for some beautiful shots! I’m counting the weeks until their baby boy is here. Stay tuned for those newborn shots!
It was so fun to reunite with Amanda and Dan again this year after last year's mini session I did with them. This fall held a whole new reason for a shoot though...the celebration of Amanda's pregnancy! I was so excited when the I got the email from Amanda telling me she was pregnant and looking to do a maternity shoot. She was on top of her game, contacting me well in advance! I swear, we picked this day months ago and got so lucky there was no rain or fog; just beautiful weather and golden light! Having recently moved out to Half Moon Bay, Amanda suggested we go out to the Ritz Carlton beach for her baby bump shots. It was a perfect backdrop for this shoot. Amanda looked radiant in her fit and flare, pink dress which showed off her adorable 35-week baby bump perfectly! We wrapped up the shoot with a few cutesy Christmas card worthy photos and called it a night as the sun set beyond the water. I'm so happy for Amanda and Dan and am looking forward to seeing pictures of their little girl soon!
Samantha & Guenther were such a sweet pair! My husband and I met them out at Crissy Field on a beautiful San Francisco day just a couple weeks back. They were so easy to chat with and also fun to relate to each other about being pregnant! They're expecting their first baby as well! It's a very special time and I'm happy they asked me to capture these memories for them as they await the birth of their son. I'm excited to see photos of their baby when he arrives in December!
Rachael was absolutely glowing at her maternity shoot! She came prepared with multiple outfit changes, a cute picnic set up to cheers with milk and cookies and some awesome energy to climb the hills of the open preserve. It's not always easy to trek up to the beautiful oak tree grove, but when you're pregnant and it's about 80-some degrees outside, it's waaay harder! She was such a champ though and I always think the hike is worth the photos! So glad we timed it right with the gorgeous light spilling in through the trees and the golden, tall grass. It's such a treat to be able to document this special time in a couple's life and provide them with some memories for when their baby is all grown up. I can't wait to see what Rachael has. Can you believe they are waiting to find out gender until the baby is born? I couldn't do it! But the surprise makes the birth even more special and I hope it's a smooth delivery. Congrats you two!!
This has been such an exciting year for so many of my close friends! Between engagements and new babies, it's been such a treat to photograph these special moments for them! Last December Shanay and Andrew they told us the news that they'd be having a baby this year and of course we were incredibly happy for them. Fast forward a few months and they are just a few weeks away from welcoming a baby boy into their lives! To commemorate this beautiful time, we headed out to Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz for some sweet maternity photos. It went from really hot in San Jose, to pretty cold and windy on the shore. Luckily Andrew and Shanay were good sports about it all and we just had to laugh off the wind blown hair and the chilly temp! It's always a good time shooting with friends, no matter the circumstances. I can't wait to meet their little one and see these two loving people become parents. It will be such a joy! <3
Being a portrait and wedding photographer, I've been able to witness so many beautiful moments unfold. I love that I am able to photograph such special and intimate times in people's lives. It really is such an honor! When Heather asked me to do these maternity portraits for her and her husband Matt, I was extremely excited and flattered! Being a photographer herself, she had so many people she could have asked and I was really grateful she thought of me!For a little back story, I met Heather last year through a photographer's referral circle. It started simply as a couple names on a Google doc, but Heather took the initiative to bring the relationship offline and made a coffee date with me! I'm so glad she did! We had a great time getting to know each other and found we have a lot in common. Later that year I was second shooting with Heather on multiple weddings and we clicked so well. It was so nice to have a new friend in the photography industry. Funny enough, she was pregnant nearly every wedding we shot together and kept it a secret! I don't know how she did it...it would have been so hard for me to keep my mouth shut! Well the secret is out now and her baby boy is coming next month!
For this shoot, Heather wanted to incorporate the city she and Matt have been living in for over 5 years. Their apartment is nestled in North Beach of San Francisco and really has some great views of the city. Literally a block down from their place is the perfect spot to take photos with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background. Classic cityscape shot! We had some time with their adorable pup, Birdie, and then we were off to Fort Point. It was an overcast day and the forecast said rain was coming, but the clouds held out until the very last part of the shoot! Heather looked amazing throughout the entire thing, even though it was a chilly day. Her adorable floral hairpiece from Bud Stop and her lacy crop top and red skirt all went together so well. She was radiant! It was an afternoon of adventures and I had a wonderful time! Thanks Heather for asking me to be a part of this special time in your life and for entrusting me to create these memories for you! I can't wait to meet your little boy!!
Heather and Matt live on such a cool street! They have the view of the Bay Bridge right outside their doorstep! We wrapped up at their apartment and headed out to Fort Point. Poor Birdie wanted to come with us!
Shooting a maternity session was such wonderful way to celebrate love on Valentines Day this year! Celebrating the love between a married couple and the love of their expected child is really special and I'm so happy I got to photograph this part of my sister and brother-in-law's journey together. I've said it before and I'll say it again; pregnancy is just such a beautiful thing. My sister would probably disagree with that statement after all the "morning" sickness she's experienced and the major change to her body, but as her little sister, I just admire her so much. Just look at her...she's so beautiful! She opted for a whimsical look, wearing an adorable flower crown which worked so nicely with the field we shot at in the Calaveras Hills in Milpitas. The sun was hitting the hills just perfectly and made the shoot look so magical. Her baby bump is still small, but growing day by day. I'm so happy for her and her husband Marcus and I am just so anxious to meet their baby boy in May. This is will be not only the first nephew in our family, but the first grandchild! For my parents who raised all girls, this will be a fun change for them to have a boy in the family. I can't wait to be an aunt! Plus I'm really looking forward to shooting some awesome newborn shots! ;-)
Baby bumps, bellies, and the expectations of a new life! Pregnancy is such a fascinating and beautiful thing to me. I have yet to experience it, but I admire each and every woman who has endured it and brought a life into the world! I had the honor of photographing Jennifer and her family as they fast approached the birth of their second child. Jennifer gave birth only 3 1/2 weeks after this shoot and she was such a trooper! We trekked down to 4 Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, just off highway 1 and we caught some gorgeous light. Their adorable 2-year old daughter Darla was being camera shy, but I was able to snap some moments of her precious smile and curiosity with the sand. Baby Dakota is growing fast and strong now. I even got to meet the little one last week! From the belly to a baby in the big world--it's just amazing how life forms.