I began my photography career photographing weddings. I was the lead photographer for an associate company in Wilmington, capturing 30+ special days for happy brides and grooms for three years. My experience in photographing brides has inspires my approach to photographing new and expecting mothers, with a more editorial approach.
Wedding days are a beautiful roller coaster of emotions that drops you off at a kick ass party with your closest people. There’s tears, there’s laughter, there’s excitement. Most importantly, there’s a whole lot of love. After three years of “I do’s” and sparkler exists, I was beginning to feel burnt out. I was missing what felt like all of my Saturdays which seems to be when everyone lives life. Birthday parties, long days at the beach, mountain vacations in the fall. I wanted to be a part of those days with my closest people.
Around that same time my sister was expecting her first child. Isn’t she GORGEOUS in that red dress?! I watched as her body changed, growing that sweet boy in her belly. Like all expecting parents, she and her husband anticipated the arrival of their son with both excitement and fear knowing their lives would never be the same.
Because that’s what a new life does. It turns your life upside down in the sweetest, and at times, most frustrating ways.
As I began photographing growing families, I realized that all of the same emotions you feel on a wedding day are felt when a child is born, only intensified.
The intensity rushes over you like a tidal wave and you’re instantly flooded with a love that you were unaware you could feel.
I noticed how a new mother will gaze at her baby, scanning every detail from the faint hairline that looks like grandpa’s to that delicious button nose. Dad, with the same awe struck eyes, watching his wife from across the nursery, holding their child. These emotions fill up the room.
This is what I wanted to be a part of. This is what I wanted to document. The beginning of a legacy. Of a new chapter in the greater story of this family.
Life is lived in the day-to-day. In the silent, seemingly mundane tasks. Life is in the details. Holding your baby for hours, watching him or her sleep, noticing the small changes each day.
A mother remembers these days, these small moments. And I want her to have these timeless moments captured to relive in the years to come as here children find their independence, see the world, and begin their own families.
And so I decided to start a business. My own business. One that focused on these intimate moments between new parents and their precious newborns. This is when I met Lindsey and Chris. They were expecting their first child. A girl. And they were already over the moon for her.
Lindsey and Chris were kind enough to allow Blueberry Commercial to film their maternity and newborn sessions for my brand video. Lindsey was 37 weeks when we walked out onto Wrightsville Beach for her maternity photos. Her excitement was tangible as she anticipated her daughter’s arrival within the next few weeks.
This short film gives you a tiny glimpse into how I work with expecting mothers during maternity sessions and my approach to working with newborns. While I no longer set up a backdrop for babies or bring space heaters, I continue to calmly and patiently work with you and your baby to capture these precious first days of your growing family in a natural way that captures your unique family.
Take those first steps with me in creating a
valuable piece of your family’s history.