maternity portraits

Jenessa & John :: Maternity Portraits in Windham, Maine

Jenessa & John were hitched way back on Peak's Island of the coast of Portland in 2009 during my first full season "in business". Since then, we have crossed paths at least once a summer as their friends got married and they passed my name along to them (talk about awesome people!). It has been a ton of fun for me to see their family grow with the addition of their first child a couple years ago. Now they are weeks, if not days, away from welcoming their little baby boy in to their lives. It is such an exciting time! Before his arrival, we got together at their home in Windham to capture their last portraits as a family of three and some special ones of the big sister to be. The impending storm gave us the perfect weather with overcast skies (yay no squinting or shadows!) and slowly falling snow flakes. Needless to say, we had a blast!

I can't wait to meet their newest bundle of joy when he makes his appearance. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of what we captured during their maternity session this past weekend. Be sure to check them out over on Facebook, too!

 

Amanda & Justin :: Maternity Portraits in the Old Port in Portland, Maine

I have been photographing Amanda & Justin since their marriage was just beginning. For those of you who have been "with me" for a while or have heard my tales, they are the triple rainbow couple I often talk about when the dreaded topic of weather comes up (moral of the story is that even rain showers can be amazing, especially at the gorgeous Mountain View Grand where they tied the knot in 2010). Their trash the dress session we did later that fall was also one that I will never forget as we searched Portland, Maine, for fall foliage and wound up lying in leaves with the pup in the middle of Evergreen Cemetary (which was later featured as Real Maine Wedding's Pup of the Week). Needless to say, when they ask "Can you take pictures of..." I immediately leap up and down screaming "YES!". This time was especially touching for me as I learned that they were expecting their first (non-furry-four-legged) baby! To say I was excited is such an understatement!

We decided to capture a few portraits at their home before we moved on to the Old Port area of Portland, Maine, to capture this special time in their lives as they awaited the arrival of baby girl, Piper. The city has become their home in the past couple years and will always hold a special place in their hearts (even as they are about to take off for another city this summer). It was only appropriate to use it as the setting. Amanda is exactly what you would see if you were to look up "absolutely adorable glowing pregnant mommy to be" in the encyclopedia. She looked down right amazing! And, just as he always has been whenever he looks at her, Justin was just beaming love with every glance or mention of his wife's name. He is one proud, and very excited, daddy to be!

The weather was downright perfect for our stroll and we all enjoyed getting a bit of fresh air. Spending time with these two is like catching up with old friends for me, especially now that I have my own baby girl to chat about. We talked about everything in between snaps from my favorite (and absolutely grossest) favorite baby "tool" to just how awesome a baby makes life in general and even how my husband and I have managed to still have time for us even with our (not so little) bundle of joy. These two are why I love doing this. I love being a part of my clients lives and being there to capture their memories as they move through their lives together.

Here is a sneak peek of what I captured of Amanda & Justin during their maternity session. Baby Piper has since been welcomed in to the world and I'll be meeting her shortly. So be sure to check back later for a peek at the cutie pie!