Samantha & Ryan's Maternity Portraits

Samantha & Ryan's Maternity Portraits

It is hard to believe that we are mere weeks... days... away from meeting Samantha & Ryan's bundle of joy. And here I am getting nostalgic about the journey that I've been on with them since they first contacted me about their wedding in early 2013. It blows my mind that it's been that long already! Over the last five years, I've captured their engagement portraits and then Sam's bridal shower before their wedding in July of 2014.

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Two is about to become three: Michelle & Jory's Winter Maternity Portraits at Pineland Farms.

Two is about to become three: Michelle & Jory's Winter Maternity Portraits at Pineland Farms.

It is impossible for me to believe that it has been a year and a half since Jory & Michelle were married. That means it's been two and a half years since I first met Michelle over a cup of coffee (after we determined we were at different Dunkin' Donuts) to talk about their wedding plans. My how time flies! Needless to say, I was more than a little excited when they announced the impending arrival of their little one AND that they wanted to get together for maternity portraits.

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Stephanie's Maternity Portraits in Foggy Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Today marks one year since I met Stephanie & Mike on a super foggy beach in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for Stephanie's maternity portraits as they prepared for their little one's arrival. It's hard to believe how fast the past year has flown by yet their portraits stick in my mind. Very few people look for a beach portrait session and have a strong desire for fog and Stephanie & Mike were no different. But I was instantly excited as it meant that the beach was practically empty or at least the fog hid anyone else that was there at the same time. The mist made it cooler out and led to an air of mystery. Add in Stephanie's blue dress and it was a recipe for amazement.

Thank you to Stephanie & Mike for having me capture this special time in your life. I hope that your little ones arrival was smooth and that the past year has been better than you could have dreamed. They grow up much too fast.

April & Dan :: Winter Maternity Portraits in Buxton, Maine

In the last eighteen months, I have been very fortunate to see the evolution of April & Dan from engagement to wedding to getting ready to welcome their little one this summer. Getting together with them to capture such important milestones is not a client/photographer situation. We have grown to become friends over that span of time. Seeing April glowing like she was on Friday... it just warms my heart so much. And then Dan's face as he talks about being a dad? Wow. I am so very lucky to capture these moments for them.

I am preparing their full sneak peek, and getting ready to share if they are having a boy or a girl (no pressure!), but I wanted to share one of my favorite shots from their session. So stay tuned, my loves. I have much bigger surprises up my sleeves for you this evening when I make their big reveal!

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!


Jess' Family :: Maternity & Family Portraits at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

I have been slacking off on my blog posts for a while now (although I have been posting sneak peeks over on Facebook). I promise I'll be posting more, especially as I approach my 5 year anniversary for Suzanne Simmons Photography. Yipee!

Before the holidays of 2012 really got in to the swing of things, I got together with Jess and her family for a very brief maternity/family portrait session around Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. It was super chilly out and the wind in the park always makes it feel like the coldest place in the greater Portland area. But, being that Abby's favorite swingset is there, we had to hit it up. I have know Jess since we were both bachelorettes planning our own weddings (longer ago than we care to remember). I took her maternity pictures with her husband, Tim, while they were anxiously awaiting Abby's arrival over three years ago. Now that baby #2 was on the way, we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to capture this time as well. That special time when you still have one baby and it is just the three of you. That time before another little being comes in to the world and your routines are toss aside as you learn how this new family unit works. We had a great time shivering our butts off and racing around the park a bit with each other. I still can't get over how absolutely adorable Jess looks as she is weeks away from her baby boy's arrival.

Here is a sneak peek of what came from our time becoming popsicles. And, coming shortly to another blog post, you'll see the little bundle of joy that came in to the world a short time later. <3