We ventured out of some serious comfort zones to capture these creek bed maternity portraits, let me tell ya!
I am so— and I mean so— not a nature girl, but when it comes to documenting maternity there is nothing I won’t do for you. So when Noell asked me to get waist deep in some water and shoot her precious baby bump, I did it. In socks, nonetheless.
The connection between womanhood and nature is beyond anything I can describe, something you can really only understand if you’ve created life yourself. Nature was so grounding for me when I was pregnant with my own son, and now I absolutely love bringing those natural elements into maternity portraits, even if it means getting my feet a little (a lot) wet. I am so blessed for clients that trust me and push the limits of their comfort zones to create art. Because there’s a difference, right? My goal is to give you more than a “nice picture.” I want to give you something that makes you feel bold, empowered, beautiful and totally ready for mamahood.
Noell styled herself off of…ready?… AMAZON. Her gorgeous Reclaimation-esque shaw that pulled her individual bump portraits together is actually a swim cover up but I wouldn’t have guessed that in a million years. I think sometimes, when I mention styling to my clients, it initially scares them because they immediately envision having to spend more money, time, and energy dragging their families out to the mall. In fact, styling is so simple it’s stupid and it doesn’t take an arm and a leg to create something out of a magazine. I think this maternity session is a perfect example of how styling can totally transform your portraiture.
We shot these just before blue hour on a muggy, misty day— quite different from their blustery October wedding day at King’s Mills, and while I was grateful not to be freezing my booty off this time, the warm tones we were able to get between clouds did make me miss that fall foliage. Seeing Noell and Dakoda waltz into mama and daddyhood is magical, especially after watching them kill it on the dance floor. I’m forever grateful for the mamas, papas, and families that bring me along throughout their wild rides.
Congrats Sheffields, baby D. is so lucky to have you!
Maternity is possibly my favorite thing ever to photograph. I know, I say that about everything but this time I mean it. If you love it too, swing on over to these: