As I'm writing this in the deep freeze of winter it’s hard to imagine, but just a short time ago it was summer, blazing hot, and Mendy and Dan were just about to have another baby.
I met Mendy, Dan and their sweet little boy in June while at Beyond the Bump. Mendy was pregnant with their second baby, a little girl, and I was so thrilled when they decided to take advantage of my Year One baby plan to document the first year (or so) of their baby girl’s life. Even more exciting was when they decided to add on a maternity session prior to their daughter’s arrival!
Maternity sessions are a funny thing- I absolutely love them, but have noticed that a lot of folks have some apprehension about them. I like to approach maternity sessions more from a family portrait point of view- documenting not just the pregnant woman, but her partner and any other children, creating a literal snapshot of what life was like before their new arrival. It’s such a special and unique time in life, and I think it deserves as much attention as newborn and family portraits.
In Mendy’s case, a maternity session was a perfect idea. I spent a lovely afternoon and evening getting to know her little family - she, her husband and son are all so sweet, laid back, and peaceful. They so clearly adore each other, and had so much love and excitement in anticipation of adding another baby to their family. We started the session at their home by taking a little visit to their horse in the backyard- he TOTALLY wanted in on the photos! We then moved over to Mendon Ponds as the sun set- and even though it was July, the mosquitoes were in full force, and it was almost their son’s bedtime, we all still had a lot of laughs and a wonderful time. I felt almost like I was a part of a little celebration- like we were honoring the sweetness of their family of three while also celebrating that they’d soon be four. For me, folks, THAT is what a maternity session is all about.