This was easily one of my favorite shoots of all time. Not just because Ben and Patricia are family so it was fun to hang out with them, but because I am OBSESSED with the pictures. Seriously I am so proud of these! I asked Toby if it would be weird if I made one of them my phone background that’s how much I love them. He told me yes, that would in fact be very weird, so I didn’t (but I’m still tempted). From the pictures, this looks like I beautiful spring maternity session. Patricia’s perfect lavender dress, the dogwood tree in full bloom, the light, everything looks amazing! But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: nothing went as planned this day. I know I know, the pictures make that so hard to believe! But here’s the real story.
First of all, I don’t typically shoot at high noon. It wouldn’t be considered good light and it’s usually the time that photographers avoid like the plague. Well we wound up shooting just before noon because that’s the time that worked best for us all (and thank goodness we did)! The lighting wound up being perfect thanks to an amazing tree blocking some of the sun. We were driving around trying to figure out where we wanted to shoot. It’s the middle of winter, everything is dead, it was cold, and that’s when we saw them! As we drove around a corner I could see two dogwood trees off in the distance in full bloom. They were at the front of someone’s very long driveway, so I had Ben pull off on the side of the road and we shot there to start.
Patricia is absolutely glowing. She is such an adorable pregnant person and she picked the most beautiful dress! Seriously people, dressing up for your pictures makes all the difference. They wind up looking a million times better! Patricia work this adorable color block maxi dress that was lavender and white for the first part of our shoot. It had crop sleeves and was a beautiful dress for a spring session!
But this is Virginia. Weather makes no sense here. Even though the days leading up to the shoot were gorgeous, sunny, and 75, the day of the shoot was a brisk 20 degrees with strong winds. We were slightly heartbroken and trying to come up with a game plan. I mean, Patricia had this amazing dress that we wanted to show off! But it was so unbearably cold. I’m not even kidding, I was wearing fleece tights under jeans, fuzzy socks, a tank top, a long sleeve shirt, a sweater a winter jacket, a blanket scarf and a hat! And I was STILL cold. After a few minutes outside, my fingers would freeze up and it was hard to push the buttons.
Thankfully, we had an epic game plan and Ben and Patricia are troopers. We parked the car right near where we were shooting, left it running with the heat blasting, and would shoot for 3 minute increments. While we were in the car, I would talk them through the poses we were about to do (3 at a time). Once we were warm enough, we would run over to the tree, I would start yelling poses and snapping pictures, and the second Patricia couldn’t take it anymore we would head back to the warm car for a few minutes. We repeated this until we got all of the pictures we wanted! When she changed into her second outfit, Ben got her some very well deserved hot chocolate (no for all the critics, she is not drinking coffee while she’s pregnant! It’s hot chocolate) and we all warmed up a bit.
Ben & Patricia are going to be two of the best parents the world has ever seen. They are already an amazing Aunt and Uncle! During the shoot, Patricia told me that she can’t wait to show their daughter these pictures one day and let her know that this was all for her and she is already so loved. These two are the most kind-hearted, generous, and funny people I know and I have the joy of calling them family. I can’t wait to be an aunt to this sweet little girl! She will bake with me and do crafts with me and I’ll send her home all sugared up (kidding, sort of). I love you both! Here are my favorites from your shoot.
Once again for all the people who like to share their opinion with pregnant women, it’s NOT coffee! It’s cocoa 🙂