Two of my dearest friends are welcoming a baby girl into their lives later this summer! As we sat down to plan their maternity photography session, I knew that any old capture just wouldn’t do. Together, we planned to capture Yen’s maternity in a way that truly made her glow, with a soft mauve and burgundy color palette that, incidentally, matches their shower that I’ll be helping to host next month (and it’s Harry Potter themed!!!). I love being a part of the outfit selection process for my couples and families because seeing the outfit choices allows me to weigh in on what will work well in front of the camera. I’ve worked with these two before, so I knew their outfits would be gorgeous either way, but this dress in particular was truly beautiful because it had tons of movement but also showed off Yen’s growing belly. Particularly for expectant mommas, we like to pay attention to how material drapes and contours the ever changing human body that is pregnancy.
Professional hair and makeup elevated this session to the next level- shout out to Avery and Sara from Looks Salon and Spa in Columbia for your gorgeous work. I’ve always been an advocate for professional hair and makeup for sessions, and this is why! When you look good, you FEEL good- an confidence and comfort translate on camera as well!
On location: we had originally planned on shooting at the Howard County Conservancy in western Howard County. Lo and behold, Thursday evening traffic struck and we found a 20 minute drive magically creeping up on 45 minutes. #LifeInTheDMV. I started surfing around on Google Maps and suggested Schooley Mill Park in Fulton. I recalled visiting in high school (many many moons ago), so we dropped by. The first half of the session went well, and I’d recommend Schooley Mill for smaller family sessions or family sessions with younger children that aren’t running around yet.
But I wasn’t fully satisfied, and suggested we try a parking lot that we had driven by. Will and Yen looked at me, shrugged, and said, “sure!” So off we headed down the street, to a synagogue parking lot that I’d looked at for all of 10 seconds en route to Schooley Mill. Those tall grasses? They were EVERYTHING against the warm golden hour light. Moral of the story: trust your photographer, even when she suggests crazy things and makes you wade through tall grass in a parking lot. I can’t wait to watch this family continue to grow!
Hair: Sara M & Avery, Looks LLC
Photography: Winnie Dora Photography