This spring, Jamie, one of my brides, contacted me asking if I’d be willing to do some equine photos of her and her horse, Charlie. I, of course, said yes! Though the pandemic pushed our session, we had the most beautiful night to photograph a camera shy Charlie (though you can’t tell from these images!).
Just before the session, Charlie had turned 24, which as I understand it, is pretty old in horse years! Though I haven’t really been around horses very often, it was lovely to see Jamie interact with her pal, and capture these for her before a big move to another state and her wedding.
We had to reschedule TWICE, but I was so glad that we had literally the PERFECT night for Elizabeth and Jon’s maternity session. We visited Greenmead Historical Park (a Livonia maternity photographer favorite!) because all Elizabeth requested was blooms on the trees! But we got the most gorgeous golden hour and I had so much fun with these too!
These two had a long journey to parenthood and when I heard their story, I felt so honored that they would ask me to photograph their maternity photos. Their baby was born a few weeks ago and I know that the joy they must feel now is incredible. I am truly so happy for them and that their journey has led them to parenthood in this way!
We talked about how they met (a jazz festival) and how they weren’t learning the sex of their baby until it’s born. They had a name for their embryo (Billy) and more photos of their kiddo in utero than anyone they’ve heard of. This little one is well documented.
I love the anticipation in maternity sessions; they are so similar to engagement sessions in that way…the anticipation of the next chapter is so exciting to document!
This past Valentine’s Day, I had a giveaway for an at-home session. I’ve really been wanting to document more families in their homes, just interacting and being themselves. Erin won and I was so excited because I had met her when she was the maid of honor in one of my 2019 weddings.We scheduled the session for the end of March and called it good.
But then, COVID hit. And we had to reschedule a few times, but on a bright, beautiful May Sunday morning, we did a family session at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia.
Erin and Tom have the best behaved kids I’ve ever photographed. I really mean that (and sorry to all the other parents who are clients and are reading this). Maybe they were at the perfect ages or just are very good in front of a camera, but all three of these kiddos were really easy and fun to direct! We got the ones smiling at the camera and we got lots of interaction, snuggles, and hugs. Win-win!
I loved using Greenmead’s scenery as a Livonia family photographer. It’s really do-able for families because it has natural elements mixed in with historic buildings. And it’s usually not super duper busy, which was the case on this Sunday morning when we visited.
These five are always welcome in front of my camera, and your family is too! I’m now booking fall sessions! You don’t want to miss out on romping through leaves with your littles, right?
With the arrival of baby Kendall, this beautiful family has two beautiful girls! Before COVID took off in mid-March, this Birmingham newborn photographer was able to spend a Sunday morning with a sleeping Kendall, big sister Aubrey, mom, and dad in their beautiful home, which was picture perfect in every way!
Not only did Kendall sleep basically the whole time (which was new for me, as my newborns usually love to be wide awake), but Aubrey was simply adorable and a wonderful big sister. I know these two are going to have so many adventures and memories. Their age gap is close to me and my sister’s and I love having a sister!
One of the last sessions I shot before COVID-19 forced me to stop working was Sarah and Jon’s Trenton maternity session, exactly a month before they met their beautiful baby girl in April.
As a Trenton maternity photographer, this session was special for me because not only is Sarah an old co-worker turned good friend, but Sarah and Jon were the first couple to hire me for their wedding. Without them, this business wouldn’t even exist.
I am so happy that I was able to photograph this moment of anticipation for them and I know that they are kicking butt at being parents.
Because I primarily am a wedding photographer, I don’t get to put on a Northville maternity photographer hat too often. But when I do, it’s a lot of fun!
Shelby and Matt have since welcomed their little Layla (she was born in January), but I wanted to share their beautiful winter maternity session at Maybury State Park.
I absolutely love the dress color that Shelby choose. A brighter color always sticks out well in the winter months against the somewhat brown-ish backdrop. Also the red and the evergreens…just beautiful!
As a Northville maternity photographer, I had a ton of fun guiding Shelby and Matt through this session, but they were total naturals! Literally so much fun to be around and they didn’t complain about the cold at all!
Maybury State Park is one of my favorite spots in the area for photos because of the beautiful tall grass fields, forest, and evergreens all easily accessible without taking a long hike. Simple goes further in my book!