One of my oldest and dearest friends flew me out to New Orleans for a beautiful maternity portrait shoot. We did more of a typical New Orleans shoot for her engagement pictures so we did something a little different for the maternity portraits. There’s a beautiful bird preserve near her home and it turned out even better than I imagined! Annabelle’s spirit animal is a unicorn so we had to do some unicorn pictures in there too! And of course I couldn’t forget the man behind the bump! Scroll down to the end! ;-)
Mothers And Daughters. What an incredible, delicate bond. I have two daughters, and their mere existence takes my breath away. But man, is there any relationship more riddled with conflict? We are so similar and so different. The mother/daughter relationship has been the crucible for much of my growth since my oldest daughter was born, and continues now that my youngest daughter is three. I adore every ornery-sweet inch of both of them!
A few weeks ago beautiful Dawn and Anika came in for portraits to celebrate a Anika's 16th birthday. We started with makeup and hair by the talented Annalisa, and shot for the next two hours. We played jams on Pandora and had a wonderful morning together. Every mother and daughter should get their portraits done together at one point in their lives.
I'm lucky enough to have grandparents with a home in Estes Park Colorado. Last weekend my family and I went up for a short visit and I got my beautiful sister to model for me. She's wearing a vintage Victor Costa Saks Fifth Avenue gown that I bought for her at an estate sale. The purple looks heavenly against the mountain backdrop!
She can be gorgeous and goofy!
I was so excited to photograph Amie! She does crossfit, and man is she toned! She's training to be an Olympic lifter, so I was challenged to capture the feminine as well as the fierce side of her, not too hard since she's a beautiful, strong woman. Here are a few of my favorites.
A quick before shot...
Week two of the #100portraits100weeks challenge! I was so lucky to visit my darling friend, and compadre in mischievousness in New Orleans! Man, do I love NOLA. What a great city. Friendly people, beautiful weather, art and music coming out of every crack of paving stone and pushing through the bricks. Love me some southern charm! I loved photographing my love and her family.
Little Doll-Face is such a daddy's girl!
Aren't they cute!?!?!
Of course we made time to play in the leaves!
For the first week of my challenge, I took portraits of my beautiful friend Amy and her son. Amy had shared a painting on her Facebook page of a mama cuddling her baby, and asked me to replicate it. It's a painting by artist Lauri Blank. (As a side note, I think I found a new favorite artist.) Here's her website for more fabulous pictures.
And here's my attempt.
While she was over I took a few more portraits depicting mama's life.