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Maternity Portraits, Sunken Meadow State Park, NY

If you asked me a year ago if I could ever see myself photographing Maternity Portraits I would have said “no”.And, yet, here we are- three maternity portrait sessions down and falling more and more in love with them each time.

The truth is, I think there is something magical about pregnancy and I consider each maternity session a blessing. To be able to witness a mom at her strongest, and to be there to capture them at their most beautiful, it truly is a gift.

Melissa is due any second now, (no, honestly- she could be in labor right now. When we met there was no mucus plug. I don’t exactly know what that is, but, it sounds important.) but, through the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s forgot to schedule a maternity portrait session. Talking to her at the restaurant, I gently suggested that I could photograph them for her, just so she could have this moment forever and she agreed.

On a windy Tuesday afternoon, we met at Sunken Meadow State Park for some portraits. Yes, we met on the beach in January. Was it mildly insane? Probably. Do I love each photograph? Yes.

Melissa is a strong, beautiful, spirit who is going to raise the most beautiful baby. Her trust and her friendships are such a reflection of her, and I cannot wait to meet baby pup.

I am so grateful for that serendipitous Friday night, and I’m even more grateful that you trusted me with these moments, mama. You’re going to be incredible.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Family Portraits on the North Shore

I've outlined this before, but, family portraits were always something that made me nervous. That is, until I started doing them.

The truth is, I love family portraits! I love hanging out with the kids, I love pulling the parents aside and doing a mini portrait session just of them, I love the inquisitive nature of kids who want to touch and hold the camera (and, ::gasp::, I always let them hold it!) and I love the moments between a little nucleus that connect them. 

But, I only started to love family portraits when I stayed true to myself. Enter, this beautiful family.

((Side note: As a privacy to the kids, I do not share their name, and will use aliases. I know the parents are okay with it, but, the internet is weird so it's a personal choice!))

When Nancy (not her real name) first contacted me about doing their family shoot, I was so excited. We met at sunken meadow state park two hours before the sunset giving us optimal time to enjoy the beauty of that light. 

Admittedly, we were both pretty nervous to start; I always say it takes a few shots to get everyone comfortable. By the end, I don't think any of us wanted to leave. This family was just so beautiful, and, in a few short weeks I get to work with them again! The best part about family portraits is that you get to see as families grow and kids get older.