This winter maternity session was shot in Emily’s suburban back yard. It was a challenge to make it look like she was in the woods or a park. Emily is a successful hair & makeup artist and reached out to photographers on a photography networking site to “come play in the snow” with her. We live in Richmond VA and snow is a novelty. You’ve got to take advantage of it while it’s here! I’ve never done a maternity winter session and eagerly responded. So at 35 weeks pregnant with her second child, Emily and I decided to give it a shot! We had never met before, but realized that our paths had crossed. I attended a workshop by a very high profile wedding photographer a year and a half ago. Emily had done the hair and makeup for the stylized shoot. I actually had a few pictures of her! We did the shoot and hit it off!!
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Hair & Makeup: Emily Hudspeth – http://www.emilyhudspeth.com/ (she is also the model)
Pink and White Scarf – Old Navy http://oldnavy.gap.com/
Hand warmers – www.basghetti.bigcartel.com
Baby Booties – Emily’s mother-in-law
I have been a newborn, maternity and family lifestyle photographer for four years now and I’m still as much in love with photography as the day I started! I’m a wife and mother of two of the most amazing little boys (my first loves) on the planet. I’ve always known the importance of documenting life’s journey’s through photographs, but when this urge to capture real moments really took hold of me was during my first pregnancy. I wasn’t really into studio type portraits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just wasn’t the kind of memories I was looking to preserve, so I invested in a decent camera and started taking literally thousands of candid pictures of my son. One might say I became obsessed. The only problem was I didn’t really know how to control the camera, but rather put it in automatic mode and let it have all of the control which didn’t do the best job of capturing the emotion and drama of the moment. A friend of mine and budding photographer at the time, Bill Spoonster of Spoonster Photography, began a challenge on facebook of taking and posting a picture a day for 365 days. I was inspired by him and started the challenge myself. Although I only made it 7 months it pushed me to begin learning to control my camera. I began to gain a small following, mostly friends and family, but never the less people were interested and encouraging me to start a business. At the time I was also teaching full time and as luck would have it 3 women that I worked with were all pregnant and due within a couple months of each other. I approached them and asked if I could take maternity and newborn pictures for my portfolio. Thankfully they agreed. That was the start of my business. In 2014 I left teaching to spend more time with my family and focus on photography full-time which was the best decision ever! I love taking pictures for others as much as I love taking pictures of my own family and am grateful everyday for all of the people who inspired me, encouraged me and trusted me with something as valuable as their family’s memories!