Maternity Sessions

There's nothing more exciting than being an expectant mother about to welcome a precious new life into the world. It's such a life altering time, and although it feels like it's going to last forever, it won't, so you need to capture it forever in a beautiful maternity portrait. I know that you may not be feeling your most glamorous right now.  It's tough to feel beautiful when you are swollen, bloated, achey,and stretched out...but you REALLY ARE  beautiful right now. Getting your hair and makeup done, and dressing up in something special will make you feel pampered and beautiful! Having a maternity portrait session will give you that little lift that you might need right now, and will be a precious keepsake for the future. 

The best time for a maternity portrait is between 32-36 weeks pregnant (8 months).  You want to come in when your belly is nice and round, but not so large that you are uncomfortable walking around or sitting & standing for different shots.  You also don’t want to wait too long in case your baby decides to arrive early!! Another reason to photograph at around 8 months is so that you can display your portraits at a baby shower, and/or order prints to decorate the nursery, or give as gifts.  If you wait too long your portraits will get lost in the shuffle of excitement that happens when the baby actually arrives. By shooting on the earlier side, your portraits get the attention they deserve!

If you are expecting get in touch and let's talk about creating some beautiful maternity portraits for you!

 

Jenn's Maternity Session

It's with a very heavy heart that I share this blog post with you. Many of you know my beautiful makeup artist, Jenn, from Painted Sparrow Artistry. And many of you know that she was expecting her second child later this month. I am so sorry to share that on June 6th she lost her baby girl.  

Not only is Jenn my makeup artist, but she is also family on my husband's side, and I have known her since she was a very little girl. I attended church with her and her family for many years, and she even babysat my kids when they were little, so I love Jenn dearly, and her loss just breaks my heart.

With Jenn's permission I am sharing her story and her maternity session images with you here.

"While attending a routine appointment at 37 weeks, our midwives were unable to find a heartbeat. Rushed to the hospital, Jeremy met me there and it was confirmed that she had passed. Jeremy happened to be dropping off a patient at the hospital by ambulance when I arrived with my dad, and he was with me within 5min. I am so thankful to God for orchestrating this detail to have my man with me for every minute.
A few hours later I was induced and she was stillborn with a smooth delivery at 10:05pm on June 6th, weighing 5lbs 4oz. I was filled with unexplainable peace and joy through the whole labour and delivery. Jesus filled me with his love and I am thankful. When I look back at this day, I will remember the peace and calm I felt.
FMC graciously waived the limit on support personnel, so I was able to have several friends and family members with me through the entire process. I had to have a small surgery after the delivery, and knowing that my baby was being held and loved by my sister and mom and friends while I was gone was so comforting.
Jeremy was my rock and I have come to adore this man even more, which I didn't know was possible. Watching him hold our baby, and talk to her and snuggle her despite not being able to take her home filled me with joy. This trauma has not and will not break us. If anything, it has drawn us closer.
Care was transferred to the physcians at the hospital but they allowed our beloved midwife to remain, and catch our baby girl. I cannot tell you how much love I have for our midwives! What they did for us through this ordeal will forever be remembered. They are the reason I will be able to look back at this and truly say I felt peace.
We named our beautiful girl, Gabriella Joy~ she has the sweetest little face, and looks so much like her big sister! A little button nose, and perfect sweet little lips, long fingers and feet. Gabbi is truly the most precious and beautiful baby girl, and we loved holding and snuggling her. We were provided with resources that allowed us as much time as we wanted to say our good byes, and have our loved ones were able to come and meet her. We gathered foot and hand prints, molds of her feet and so many other precious memories. A dear friend came and captured photographs of Gabriella and we will treasure them forever.
We are sad, and heartbroken that Gabriella was taken from us. But somehow in the few hours we had with her, she has already affected so many people around her. She will not be forgotten and we will think of her every day.
We’re thankful that by the grace of God, and through our tribe of family and friends, we have found joy and thankfulness for the beautiful gift of our sweet baby girl.
Please keep us in your prayers, and know that while we are grieving deeply, we do not want to do it alone. Every visit and note and text has been treasured and so appreciated. We love being surrounded by our tribe and those who can hold us and let us cry and feel this pain.
Gabriella's memorial will be on Tuesday June 13th, at 3:30pm at DayBreak Community Church. 2104 Yankee Valley Blvd, Airdrie, AB T4B 0B3. All friends and family are welcome to attend."

If you follow Jenn on Facebook you can see some of the beautiful images of Gabriella that were captured at the hospital, by another photographer and friend of Jenn's.

On May 30th Hannah and I took Jenn and her daughter Amira to Baker Park to do a maternity session for her. It was a breathtakingly beautiful evening and we captured many gorgeous images and video clips which I am sharing with you here. 

Please keep Jenn, Jeremy, and Amira in your prayers in the days, weeks and months to come.

Hayley - Maternity Portraits

This is Hayley, the third of my three nieces who are expecting their first baby this year.  Again, I am super excited for her, and honored to have the chance to photograph her!!

Hayley is such a beautiful lady, but she doesn't feel very beautiful right now. I totally understand how she feels. It's hard to feel beautiful when you are swollen, and heavy, and your body is going through all those incredible changes.  I've been there!!  But during the session I showed her one of the images on the back of my camera and she started crying because I made her feel beautiful again.  Oh my gosh...that made me start crying too!!  This just goes to show the power of portrait photography.  Not only will these portraits be a special keepsake for her and her future child, but they also have encouraged Hayley and made her feel better about herself right now. 

Hayley's baby is due in September so she is around 35 weeks in these images. She loves a very feminine look, so we went for lots of pink and flowers for her session.  This is my favorite look too, so we had a great time at her session.  And oh my gosh...isn't she gorgeous!!! 

Congratulations Hayley and Mitch.  I am so looking forward to meeting your new baby.  

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calgary womens maternity beauty portrait photographer

Nikayla - Maternity Portraits

This is my beautiful niece Nikayla!  She and her husband Joel are expecting their first baby this year.  Actually, all three of my nieces (they are sisters) are expecting their first baby this year!! Can you believe it!!?!  As you can imagine, our whole family is pretty excited. I photographed Nikayla's older sister Sarah earlier this year and she has since had a sweet baby boy.  But now it was Nikayla's turn.

Nikayla is expecting her baby at the end of August and I am so excited for her!!  As you can see, Nikayla is a gorgeous girl,  and being pregnant just makes her even more beautiful.  Her husband Joel was brave and came along to the session, so we got some beautiful images of the both of them together.  What a priceless treasure for their new child to look back and see his/her parents so young, beautiful, and in love.  

Congratulations Nikki and Joel!! I can't wait to meet your precious baby!!

 

Sara - Maternity Portraits

I'm super excited to share these photos with you!!  This is my beautiful niece Sara.  She's the oldest of my nieces on my husband's side of the family,  and she's the first on that side of the family to have a baby.  (I just realized that she's offically making me a "great" aunt!  Yikes!! I'm much too young for that!)   It sure doesn't seem that long ago that she was the angelic little flower girl at my wedding,  but time moves on and now she is having a baby of her own.  Naturally I had to photograph her!    She was so great to work with, and was willing to try a variety of looks!  She was even willing to let me wrap her up in cheesecloth to get an artsy boho look.   The funny thing was, she was worried because she told me she wasn't photogenic.  She shouldn't have worried...look at how gorgeous she is!!

I only have one photograph of myself when I was expecting my first baby, and it's not a very good one.  I really regret that fact! You might not feel like you are at your best because when you are expeccting because you're nauseous, achey, bloated, tired, etc.  But you truly are incredibly beautiful right now, and it's my job to bring that beauty out and capture it.   This is such a special time in a woman's life and having a beautiful portrait of yourself is something you will treasure for the rest of your life.  

I am now offering in-studio and on-location maternity portraits.  If you would to book a maternity session please contact me.