When I fell in love with newborn photography, for some reason I never thought about maternity. I just love snuggling babies so much that there was not room for anything else in my mind/heart. However, when my former colleague approached me about doing her maternity AND newborn portraits, I said, "Makes sense. I'll give it a shot!" Since she and her husband are so laid-back, I was not too nervous about learning with them as my models. I would be lying, however, if I said I didn't put any preparation or thought into their session.
I spoke with fellow photographers who I know have done maternity sessions to get their advice. I also researched the couple's chosen location (the historic Presidio Park in San Diego) and even visited the day before their session to see what spots around the park I would want to use. Unfortunately, I had my own toddler with me and the park was not stroller-friendly so, I was not able to scout as much as the park as I would have liked. This meant that, location-wise, I pretty much winged it the day of the shoot. That was ok, though, because the light was beautiful and I had collected a list of several poses to try that fit their personality. They had also come prepared with props for me to "play" with. Oh, I had so much fun with the tiny baby shoes and sonogram photo!!
While editing, I found myself tearing up more than once. A truly special moment of the editing experience: My hubby peeking over my shoulder and commenting, "That was a fun time in our lives..."
Katrina and Chris, thank you so much for allowing me to capture a glimpse of your pregnancy experience! After your sweet boy arrives, life will never be the same!