I had met Russ before our session together, but briefly. He was a groomsman in Ben & Karina’s wedding and are good friends of this lovely couple 🙂 I was suppose to do their 1st year anniversary photos this coming October, but since they were moving, they offered their session to Wanda & Russ for some maternity photos, to which I was happy to do. And while I don’t do it very often, I like to occasionally photograph a gorgeous baby bump. And this one was definitely a beauty 🙂
I met Wanda & Russ out at a friend’s home out in Traveler’s Rest, SC. I’m always sketchy about meeting people in places I’ve never been, but I was sent photos before hand and saw other photos, so I felt pretty confident. There were so many little gems and nice areas that made their maternity shoot together perfect. I felt like even though we were getting eat up by bugs and it being a tad hot, that it went great and officially took some of my favorite maternity photos to date.
Again, I had such a wonderful time shooting with Wanda & Russ and think their precious baby boy is SO adorable. He just turned one month old a few days ago! These are some of my favorite maternity photos to date and am so happy that Ben & Karina graciously gifted this session to them. ❤
I’ve worked with the Coursons a few times now, this was our third session together. You can view their maternity and newborn/lifestyle sessions HERE & HERE! This time we were getting new family photos of Ian, Erica, and adorable Rivers in the beautiful fall weather before it go too cold. Except that day it was pretty windy and the air was a little chilly. Either way, we worked fast so Rivers wouldn’t get too cold and the little guy was a champ! And seriously the most adorable baby ever. I could just squish his little cheeks!
Here are a few favorites from our session together 🙂
I always love working with Ian, Erica, and Rivers and can’t wait to see them again. 🙂
I knew from the start of our session that I was going to get along with Ian & Erica JUST fine. They are such a down to earth and fun couple, and I was so happy to photograph this maternity session for them. They had a request that they bring along their dog, Elvis, which I of course said, “Yes!”. If it makes you more comfortable, especially if they are part of the family, I always encourage it. Elvis was more than a pet, he was definitely family to Erica. She started telling me that these were probably the last photos that they would get of him because it would most likely be the last Christmas (these were taken in early December) he would have. He was the sweetest dog and was so close to Ian & Erica. He definitely deserved to be a part of these photos 🙂
Onward! We went to Glendale Shoals for their maternity session. It was nice that day and the falls felt perfect. I wanted to get as much as I could without wearing Erica out too much. Keeping the pregnant lady happy is the most important, always, lol.
These are my favorites (which I had to narrow down, lol) from Ian & Erica’s (and Elvis!) maternity session 🙂
I’ve also been thankful enough to photograph The Courson Family once their beautiful boy, Rivers, was born in January. Unfortunately, Elvis passed away this April, and we will definitely miss his sweet face. I’ll be sharing their lifestyle shoot very soon and you’ll get to see sweet baby Rivers 🙂
Third time working with the Basalone family and what a joy it was this time around! The first time it was a maternity shoot with Ilker & Franziska for a fun maternity shoot (HERE), and then it was Franziska with her mom and sister (and of course, baby Ela) in downtown Spartanburg (HERE) while they were in town allllll the way from Germany! And this time, little Ela was turning one year old!
This little beauty was/is so flipping adorable that my heart could barely stand it. She always gave me these little scrunched up faces (as you can see below) and when she would smile, you could barely see her little teeth, but it was still so cute.
We didn’t shoot for too long because it was fairly hot that day, but I feel like what we got was so fun and great for Ela’s first birthday. 🙂
Here are some of my faves below!
I always love shooting with this beautiful little family and can’t wait for next time! I always love watching these kids I photograph, grow up. It’s almost like they’re my own! haha. Thank you again, Ilker & Franziska for allowing me to capture more memories for you guys! 🙂
I don’t do very many maternity sessions. I don’t know why, I like doing them, I just don’t get many inquiries for them. But when I do, they are usually from amazing couples that I’ve worked with previously (or not, but then become recurring clients!). One of those couples being Chris & Jessica. You may remember them from my styled shoots that I’ve done in the past. They are beyond some of my favorite shoots ever and they just never get old to me. I don’t think I blogged our very first session, but you can see their photos over on the JMP Facebook page HERE (This was back in 2012, so ignore my giant watermark. We all have come a long way in four years! lol). You can also see our other sessions HERE, HERE, & HERE.
As always, I love working with Chris & Jess because they are just so open to anything and fun, yet very laid back. I personally don’t think we’ve ever gotten a bad photo of them, haha. And this session is absolutely no different. Jess is such a beautiful pregnant woman with this perfectly round belly. I can’t exaggerate how perfect her little belly was, haha. She wanted to take photos in this gorgeous flowing dress in a creek and OMGAH, I was totally down for it. It was really hot that day (I’m pretty sure Chris was about to sweat himself to death that day, lol), so the water in the creek was very refreshing.
Since then, of course, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! She is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait until I am able to get some pictures of this child. She’s the perfect combination of Chris & Jessica.
Without further ado, here are just a few of my favorites from Chris & Jessica’s Maternity/Anniversary session 🙂
Also, I 100% encourage anyone to go to Glendale Shoals for pictures, playing, whatever. It’s so nice and calm over there. I just love it.
Chris & Jess, I’m totally ready whenever you wanna take pictures again, haha. And I know I told you all this the day she was born, but congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! She’s going to be the most spoiled little nugget in the world 😛