It was about 11 years ago. That is a hard statement to swallow – 11 years! WOW. But I remember it like it really was just last year. I was new in town and just started my photography business and put an ad in one of our local papers and to my surprise, she answered. A sweet and caring soul, Kali. She was getting ready to start her Senior year of High School and I was blessed for being able to document this stage of life in a senior photo session. Soon after that I would learn that her younger sister was also in the same class as my daughter and soon after that when she moved away, her other sister would become our babysitter. It sure is amazing living in a small town!
Years passed and she continued her life but as fate would have it, she fell in love, married and is now expecting her first baby. If you could only imagine the excitement I had when I heard the news. I can not tell you how rewarding it is to watch people and families grow. It truly is such a blessing! Even though her roots are now planted in Seattle, I was super happy when she asked me to do her maternity session.
Watching Kali enjoy her baby bump and having her mom and grandmother there was so beautiful. You could see the love and excitement in each of these ladies. During the planning of her maternity session, we planned on doing some simple studio stuff, a milk bath and do a belly cast – I have always wanted to do one and continue using a belly cast with baby for their newborn session, so I was tickled pink when she had time to do a cast here at the home studio. Here is a sneak peek into our session.
Showing real emotion – I love this photo
As we got near the end of her studio session, I asked her mom and grandmother to hop in a few images. There is always hesitation when I tell someone to jump in. I get it – I hate getting in front of the camera… at that moment, but every time I look back at it, I am so grateful that I have that moment. During any session I love for people to really take a moment and pull the focus on them or their children. I know in this era of life we always look for the perfection in a setting or situation, but I believe that perfection is true honestly, love and a second of a pure moment. When I had her special ladies join in, I gave them room and time to share their heart with Kali and as much as it was a personal moment that was full of emotion ( I got a little teary eyes), they were able to let their guards down and allowed me to capture their tender moments. Oh how blessed I am!!
After our studio portion of the session, we headed upstairs for her momma milk bath session. These are always my favorite sessions- so different, calming and elegant. Milk bath soak is from Bebe de Luxe and it is the best milk bath soak you will find. All new maternity & newborn clients receive a free bag as my gift to you!
I love this image too as it just reminds me of the beauty and struggle pregnancy can give us.
And then…. The Belly Cast!!! Oh this was so much fun. So messy but so neat. I am so excited for her little guy to some!
Kali – thank you so much for letting me be a part of this life with you. I really hope you are able to see all of your beauty – inside and out. You are going to be an amazing momma and I can not wait to meet your little one soon!
Jax Creations Photography is a proud member of Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy – The Bump Society. If you are interested in documenting your pregnancy in a maternity session or to book your own newborn session, please feel free to leave me a message via email at Jackie@jax-creations.com