You remember Kendal and Joe's amazing wedding at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, right? Well, when the most colorful and fun family I know wants to do a maternity session, of course we have to come up with something awesome. Kendal and I had the idea of doing some kind of photos at a carnival over a year ago. When she contacted me about setting up a maternity session we both knew it was time. We met at the Dearborn County fairgrounds for this super fun session. I am always grateful for the time I get to spend catching up with this family. I am excited to watch them grow.
I first got to know Casey when we worked on this 70's inspired shoot a couple of years ago. We became instant friends. She is someone I consider to be a muse. Whenever we get together, ideas start flowing naturally. She is such a beautiful woman both inside and out. I am very lucky to have her in my life. She is going to be a wonderful, loving moma.
When Casey said she wanted me to shoot her maternity session I was very excited. We had been talking about doing a darker shoot for awhile. We used this as our opportunity to push ourselves in that direction. We came up with sexy, dark, powerful, images that I absolutely love. Casey is a goddess! I can't wait to meet her little peanut.
I remember the first time I met Emily to discuss her wedding. I was already booked on her date and she jokingly told me "that is unacceptable" and that she was changing her date so I could be her photographer. She made me and the work I do feel so special that day. She changed the date, and I photographed her engagement session and wedding. I got to know her and her husband Jay through the years. We stayed in touch via Facebook. I was thrilled when they sent me a secret message telling me they were having a baby and wanted me to photograph her. It's really nice to be part of and document all of these beautiful moments in my client's lives.
For their maternity session I took them to some of my favorite places in Kentucky. The new family. Emily is a doula, she provides support and education to expecting mothers during all stages of child birth. She offers classes to help couples make informed decisions about their care.
Emily had a beautiful home birth with her midwife and her husband. It was an amazing story to hear.
When I added up how long I have known Rachel and Casey, I was left feeling a little old....over 15 years, wow! We all went to the same teeny tiny high school. I was excited to meet them at their Kentucky farm for their maternity pictures. It's nice to catch up with people I haven't seen in years. Rachel, with her cute little baby bump, was such a trooper baring the cold long enough for me to get some of my favorite maternity pictures to date, thanks girl. I am excited to meet their little one next month!
Valarie and Shawn were some of my very first wedding clients. They had a pretty Bardstown, Kentucky wedding around 3 years ago. I was thrilled when I found out Valarie was expecting a little boy and wanted to do a maternity/newborn session. Sweet little Elliot is a doll. He slept the entire time I was at their home shooting. Valarie was so gentle and loving with him. She is going to be the best mom ever! Thank you so much for including me in these precious moments of your life Valarie and Shawn.
Whenever I am editing a newborn session I end up with a lot of dramatic black and white images. To me there is nothing more beautiful than natural window light to add to the drama. Pictures become more than snapshots, they become art. I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen for sweet little Elin's newborn pictures. An entire wall full of gorgeous light, it was amazing! Remember Jessica from this maternity and this newborn session, she has an awesome interior design blog called Cape 27. Check out her post about framing the pictures from Zoey's newborn session. To me, there is nothing more important than a clean white mat when displaying images, especially black and white images.
Instant timeless art.
Jessica and I first met when we worked together years ago. I always thought she was such a pretty girl and so, so sweet. I was so excited when she asked me to come to her parent's beautiful log cabin for a maternity session with her husband, Ricky. They are adorable together.
Jessica's parents house was kind of a sensory overload. It is full of gorgeous antiques, my favorite. Since Jessica also booked a newborn session we thought it would be a great idea to shoot it at grandma's house so we can use some of her amazing furniture. One more month until baby Zoey is here and we get to have more fun, I can't wait.
I am very lucky to get such amazing clients who allow me to experiment and push things creatively. Thanks so much Jessica and Ricky for allowing to capture this special time in your lives. See you next month!!!