Real talk: I’ve always been unsure about having maternity photos for myself. I did take some with my first two pregnancies, but more as an experiment than because I really wanted them. I didn’t even try with my third. But you know what? I regret that decision. Why? As I look through images of my own life compiled into an album by my mother as a gift for me years ago, one of my favorite pictures is of my very pregnant mother sitting in her rocking chair waiting to go to the hospital, unsure if she would be welcoming another boy or a new baby girl. On the very same page of the album you see my parents, full of joy and excitement with this new life! You see how tiny I am in my dad’s work-worn hands and you see how joyous an occasion it is for my mother, who always dreamed of a girl of her own. There’s just something about seeing my mother before she gave birth that really makes me connect with her and truly appreciate her for those long nine months (let’s be real: it’s actually ten) of discomfort and sacrifice. My youngest won’t have those pictures in his album and that makes me sad.
That’s why I’m so thrilled when clients choose to add a maternity session with me as well! This mama chose to do the Pea and Pod combo, which is a short, half hour session with her alone (no dad or other siblings) and after baby arrives: a full newborn session. Another option that would include a full maternity session (one hour, with family), a newborn session and a one-year family session is the Milestones Collection. You can contact me to ask me more about these session options too 🙂 For now: back to this beautiful family!
For this maternity session, we ventured out to the Wachusett Reservoir at sunset . . . wow! As if she isn’t beautiful enough on her own – this was a stunning location as well! She wore her own shirts and decided to try out my hand-made tulle skirt and I love the look we created! And notice the crown of flowers – you’ll see some of that flower in a tieback I created just for her little princess as well <3 Enjoy all these images of mom and baby – I certainly enjoyed capturing them!