Today I have something very special for you guys.
Every once in a while you come across someone that the camera absolutely loves. Guys, I could photograph this girl everyday of my life and never get bored! Katherine is not only the apple of my photography eye, she’s a very good friend of mine as well. So, win win for me! I get to enjoy her beauty from the behind the camera AND when the camera is not around. She’s just as beautiful on the inside and she’s the kind of girl who makes you laugh about 20 times in one conversation. So much fun.
So it’s no surprise that when we found out she was expecting her newest addition to her family we all jumped for joy. This little princess has no idea the amazing family she’s being born into. She’s a lucky girl, that’s for sure!
When we started planning Kathy’s ‘Paint The Stars Photography‘ maternity session I kept asking: “What do you envision for your maternity photos?” Every time she would say: “I don’t know, I just know I want WATER!” She also said she wanted to be on a horse like my daughter’s session but I refused to put an ‘about-to-pop pregnant woman’ on a horse! So, I was trying to think of a gorgeous location where a preggo would be safe and comfortable in the water. I’m a Maryland photographer so I have the advantage of being surrounded with water locations. Lots of lakes, rivers, the bay, even the ocean if we’re willing to drive a little.
One day it just dawned on me. There’s a beautiful stream that runs through a Maryland state park near us. So off we went! I’m so glad we did. The stream did not disappoint!
We started off on the shore of the stream. The water was very shallow with lots of little rocks. It was the perfect place to start our session with family photos. It was great for the kiddies to play in while we did the grown-up photos too.
Once I captured some ultra sweet photos of the whole family together and maternity photos of Kathy with her husband I switched gears. Now it was time to get some epic pregnancy photos of Kathy alone. Well not alone, her and her sweet little bundle of joy that’s about to be born.
We were on one side of the stream but on the other side I could see a really cool spot with big boulders and little water rapids. I was like: “We’re going!” The only thing was the stream was about 20 feet wide! But it looked like it could potentially be quite shallow all the way across.
I told Kathy that I’d walk across first with my camera and test out how deep it was. Turns out I was right, it was pretty shallow. About up to my waist (is that considered shallow or deep?) Still a little unnerving to carry my baby (my camera) through that water. But nonetheless I made it. So I put my camera down on the rocks and made my trip back across the stream to walk Kathy across and help her not fall with that precious cargo she’s carrying.
I got across, grabbed Kathy by the hands and slowly and carefully (and cracking up laughing the whole time) we made our way across the stream holding on to each other for dear life. I really wish someone could have gotten a behind-the-scenes photo of that rediculous-ness.
Finally, we reached the other side. It was so worth it! I posed Kathy standing in the midst of the small water rapids and she looked stunning. She was willing to sit within the rocks in the water too (she’s such a trooper!) She even let me pour water all over her for the last photo. She made this Annapolis area photographer so happy.
It was funny when we were across the stream and the kids were still on the other side. I brought my 5-year-old to this session because she’s friends with Kathy’s kids. So we had 3 little ones on the shore of the stream playing and yelling to us while we were trying to take epic maternity portraits (Kathy’s husband was over there with them-they weren’t alone, cause I know that’s what you were thinking.)
Once we were finished with the gorgeous-ness of Kathy’s maternity session we started on our way back. I started to walk towards the water to cross the stream and just then there was a group of people coming out the woods right next to us! There was a small path to walk down to that side of the stream instead of crossing through the water!!!!!!! Can you say ‘palm to forehead’ moment?!
We laughed when we saw the group of people come out of the woods so they said: “Did you guys cross the water (With a look of disgust on their faces?”) Then they had their own little ‘laughing at us’ sesh. It was quite embarrassing… But you know what? I captured some amazing photos of my friend so I don’t care. I’d cross it again and again for her!!!
Here’s some of my favorites from the session. Take a minute and enjoy them, we worked extra hard to capture them 🙂
What do you think!? She’s amazing, isn’t she? Now do you see why I love photographing her? I’d cross an ocean to get photos like these (maybe not but I still love them.)
Stay tuned for her little sweetie’s newborn session. Should be any day now!!!
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