Maternity Portraits

Maternity Portraits

A Peaceful Country Maternity Session | Rochester, NY Maternity Portrait Photographer

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.

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Maternity Portraits

Country Maternity Session | Niagara County Maternity Photographer

A very wise person once said "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?" I'm finding lately that this sentiment applies perfectly to the small country town in Niagara County where I spent a good portion of my childhood. It's one of those places where the cows outnumber people, where the town literally has one traffic light. We moved there when I was ten, and having come from a relatively suburban town, it was quite a culture shock. I never quite got my bearings, and couldn't WAIT to get out of dodge, to move to a place with sidewalks and traffic lights!  But the funny thing is, the longer I'm away the more I miss some of the little things about living in the country: rolling fields, huge expanses of sky, old country houses and the fact that owning a barn or tractor isn't out of the ordinary. As a now-suburbanite, I still haven't figured out what I'm supposed to do with tree trimmings and brush (no burn piles allowed in the 'burbs!). And as a photographer, I find lately that I'm looking at the beauty of the area with a whole new appreciation.

When I had the chance to work with a former classmate who still lives in the area on her maternity session, I jumped at the opportunity. I was happy to come to her home in Niagara County, and as she described her property - a barn, fields, chickens- my excitement grew. We don't see chickens that often in the 'burbs!

Well the chickens weren't very cooperative that day, but everything else about this session was wonderful. Sara, her husband Steve and four year old Hunter were so laid back, patient and fun, and I loved photographing them all around their beautiful property. Hunter has an amazing knowledge of all things Star Wars - and since I'm a big fan too, we definitely had a lot to talk about. He introduced me to his chickens (who all have names - Stormtrooper, Darth Vadar...), insisted on posing like Han Solo with his blaster, and showed off his amazing tractor-driving skills. This country boy is going to be one amazing big brother.

They say you can't go home again, but I sure love to visit. For someone who couldn't wait to leave, it's funny that I'm finding inspiration once again in the area. Niagara County, I hope I get to come back often and photograph your beautiful surroundings and even lovelier families!

Hunter, I mean Han Solo!

Hunter, I mean Han Solo!

"What's the point in having chickens if you can't take cute photos with them???"

"What's the point in having chickens if you can't take cute photos with them???"