5th Baby; First Time Maternity Portraits

Every time I’m pregnant, I think about taking portraits. This time around, I got serious. This will likely be our last- no more chances to say ‘next time’! I’m used to taking the photos- I thought this might be tricky… so I called my sister for help.

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I positioned and set the lights. My sister directed me on body placement and angled the camera. A very special ‘Thanks!’ to her for making this a reality rather than a missed opportunity!

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When taking maternity portraits, I usually tell moms the ideal time frame is between 30-35 weeks. That’s when the belly is big enough to be dramatic, but usually before too much swelling or discomfort is happening. In my case, we took these when I was 29.5 weeks. Clearly my belly was not hiding!

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Our FIFTH baby is on his way, and we are just as excited as the first time. I can’t wait to meet him and enjoy holding him on the OUTSIDE!

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One On The Way

I always love the opportunity to photograph the beauty of pregnancy. In my personal experience, it’s not easy to grow a little human inside your body, but so worth it! Nicole is growing her third, and looking good the whole time!

Pregnant woman looking down

When many of us think of pregnancy, joyful and exciting things come to mind- along with a few not-so-exciting things…. stretch marks, swelling… Nicole seems to have been blessed with ideal genes. Smooth, glowing skin without a mark on it!

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Pregnant Belly

I look forward to the arrival of Nicole’s little guy, such exciting times to come!

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…Still Waiting…

Back in February we were up in Washington state visiting friends and family. My friend Val was due to have her 4th baby prior to our arrival.


She was feeling discouraged each day that passed with no sign of arrival. Pregnancy is hard work. My sister-in-law, also a photographer (www.sarahdawnphotography.com), and I decided to ambush her with a surprise photo shoot.

Val past due

In the midst of extreme discomfort, anticipation and discouragement, Val couldn’t fully embrace how amazing she looked. Sarah and I wanted to change that…

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Baby Lucas did arrive, of course. At 9.9 pounds and 22.5 inches, Val had every reason to be uncomfortable! Congratulations on a job ‘well done’!