What an absolutely fun and exciting photo session this was! I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. This is a family I've worked with before and was so happy to return to do their maternity photos before the arrival of their second baby boy. We did their fall portraits in the most perfect setting one could ask for. The road leading to the Maryland Agri & Farm Park is lined with maple trees that are bursting with oranges, yellows and reds. But only for 3-4 days. The window for fall family portraits is small and we couldn't have chosen a colder, more windy day. We raced to get a few wind blown shots before everyone froze. Needless to say, this was a much more relaxed photo shoot. As I've said before, it also helps to continue to work with the same photographer, it puts everyone more at ease.
The weather this time was much more pleasant, but we still had some limitations. We were lucky to have found a warm day in February to head out, but that also means the last of the snow from the blizzard was melting. The trails through Oregon Ridge were soggy and muddy. The field I planned to lay down a cozy blanket for some open breezy shots was now a mud-filled make-shift parking lot. Nevertheless, the foot bridge just outside the nature center was warm and dry. It also gave their active toddler a safe place to run - even if he was just running as fast as he could towards the puddles.
[On a side note - I had a super-mom-win a few days before. I took my own toddler to scope out the trails and let him play in the mud as much as he wanted (I didn't need to keep him clean for a photo shoot!) When he plunged his gloved hand into a puddle and was disgusted by the muddy, wet results I was ready with his extra mittens! I'll get out a separate blog for a few of those pics.]
Second-time moms are so much more easy-going (or busy.) They know they want to capture some pictures of their growing belly, but who has time to schedule that! Angie is due in almost exactly one month and we were running out of time to get these done. I'm impressed with her ability to look this amazing and rested. She commented that her toddler wouldn't recognize her so dressed up, and her wonderful husband took her out to dinner afterwards. Awww. During the shoot I told Joe to act like it's the first baby. Scared? No, just like you haven't been raising a little boy together for two years. They did a beautiful job of cuddling up for these poses, while their son ran laps and collected sticks. What is it about boys and sticks? He is so excited to be a big brother and will willingly give mommy's belly a kiss for his baby brother.