Our Maternity Photos
Last week we took our maternity photos and I’m so excited to share them! We originally planned to take them in a wheat field, but when we got to the location, all of the wheat had just been cut (gasp) so the entire field was bare. Luckily, we were only about 20 minutes away from one of my favorite desert spots so we headed there and I’m so happy we did because I love how the photos turned out!
This may be a little surprising coming from me, but I originally was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to take the time to shoot maternity photos at all. I was on the fence, but not because I don’t absolutely love maternity photos- trust me, I do! Maternity photos are actually some of my favorite sessions to shoot as a photographer. So why the heck would I consider not taking any myself?! Hang with me as I explain. As a photographer, Fall is one of my busiest seasons, and it just so happened to be right in the sweet spot of my pregnancy to take maternity photos (which is any time between 28 weeks to 32 weeks if you’re wondering). This meant that taking a day to shoot maternity photos for my family consequentially meant saying no to potential clients who may want to book the same day. Blocking off one day in my calendar might not sound like a big deal, but if you work in the wedding industry or are a small business owner, you probably get where I’m coming from. Work/life balance is tough to have in general- but it can be especially hard if you’re an entrepreneur because when you don’t work, you don’t get paid, period. With all of that in mind, I had pause when it came to blocking a day off of my calendar during my busy season, however I’m so glad I did.
Now that we have the photos, I know I absolutely made the right choice. When it came down to our final decision on whether or not to take the photos, I reminded myself that this is my first pregnancy and I realized I really wanted to capture this exciting time in our life before our family of two becomes three. If you’re on the fence on whether or not you want to schedule maternity photos, I’d absolutely recommend it! Obviously I’m a photographer so that recommendation probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but as a mama to be myself, I know my husband and I (and our baby eventually) will cherish these photos forever.
Our Baby Shower
A couple weeks ago my family threw Keaton and I the most amazing baby shower ever! As soon as we found out we were having a boy I only had one request: that the baby shower be Winnie the Pooh themed. Well my sister, mom, and grandma heard the theme and ran with it! I was in awe as soon as we stepped through the door- they thought of every little detail to make it an absolutely perfect day. I managed to take a couple photos of the set up beforehand, but as soon as the shower started I completely blanked and didn’t think to take any photos with the rest of our family and friends. I’m super bummed about that, but Keaton and I had the best time with everyone and felt so incredibly loved! Thank you again to my sweet family for planning this celebration of our baby boy! He is already so loved!
Bailey + Ka’imi
I met up with Bailey and Ka’imi for a sunrise shoot in early October and it was the perfect way to start my day! Bailey and Ka’imi were giving me major Grease lightning vibes with their outfits and I was living for it. You can never go wrong with sticking to a classic color palette like black and white when it comes to outfits- it always looks so crisp and clean! These two are so adorable I can’t help but smile every time I look at this session.
Paige + Matt
Paige and Matt got married at The Paseo, a wedding venue in Apache Junction, AZ near Superstition Mountains. This is one of my all time favorite venues because the view is spectacular and the entire venue itself is absolutely gorgeous. I met Paige back in college when I joined her sorority. Not too long after we met, she ended up transferring back home to go to WSU so she could be with her boyfriend at the time (Matt)- clearly this was a good choice on Paige’s part! When Paige reached out to me about her wedding I was SO excited! Paige is the sweetest human and she is so fun. One of the surprises she planned for her day was having a beer burro surprise Matt and the rest of the guests during the ceremony with some beers to toast to the start of their marriage! Matt was When I asked her and Matt why they chose to get married in Arizona when they still live in Washington, their answer was simple: “the Cougs are playing ASU this weekend”. Best. Answer. Ever. They explained to me that a ton of their family and friends were already planning on traveling to Arizona for the game so it seemed like the perfect time to get married. If you scroll down this gallery you’ll see a photo of all of the Cougs fans that made the trip out for the wedding and game (spoiler alert- there’s a lot). Matt and Paige’s wedding was probably one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever photographed. Not only was everyone so kind, but they knew how to party too lol. A prime example of this was when Paige “Iced” Matt just before the garter toss. When Matt to get Paige’s garter from under her dress he was surprised to find a Smirnoff Ice instead of a garter under her dress and well, rules are rules, so he had to chug it all right then and there! I don’t always post reception photos, but I couldn’t resist posting a few from this wedding- the photos are priceless! Thanks so much to Paige and Matt for having me photograph your wedding- I had the best time!