Maternity Session in Baton Rouge at Hilltop Arboretum.. and me 5 Months Preggo!

First Babies and making beautiful Maternity Sessions!!! 

Man, I couldn't REALLY know how exciting this aspect of Motherhood was until I became pregnant myself! I had done hundreds of Family Photography Sessions and Maternity Sessions since starting my business full time but honestly, I didn't understand the JOY behind this slot of time to really appreciate it all! 

Until now.... when I am almost 5 month pregnant! (Picture of me with Baby Charles in tow). Some people say I don't look 5 months pregnant but let me assure you, Natty is FULLY pregnant!! That tummy was non-existent till Baby Charlie arrived on the scene and I have 3 months of sickness to vouch for his growing little self as well! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

So when I photographed Karla and her hubby the other day it was so much more meaningful celebrating in their sweet joy that's on her way! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

Of course my sessions will always look very lifestyle and classic. I asked Karla what her desire were for their maternity session and she was all about the great outdoors and nature. This of course made me more than happy to accommodate! We went to LSU's Hilltop Arboretum off of Highland Road to begin.

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We got some many precious takes with the three of them. I could not help myself but to of course utilize the Golden Hour. Did I mention how gorgeous Karla is and how impossible it was to get a bad photograph of her? Yeah... there basically was not one. And her hubs was such a nice guy- asking me if I needed help with my bags and always helping with the set up of shots. A lot of time guys are not the enthusiast ones with photography sessions so this is a real treat! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We wrapped up the Maternity Session talking about potential names and finding the best spots for the end of their session. 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

What even BLESSED me more than I have expressed is this sweet lady brought ME a GIFT!!! Do I need to remind you that this was the first time we met? She didn't know me from atom and she was so kind to think of me when we were there for her!!! 

Thank you Jesus for some of the best clients a girl can ask for!! 

Happy Motherhood, Karla!! You will be an excellent first time mommy, I am assured of it... 

 

 

 

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

There is so much backstory to this girl in this shoot but it's more than a blog post amount so I am going to give you the super condensed version... There is probably no amount of words to truly capture this couple's essence. Especially the gal pictured... Mollie... 

Never met a nicer girl in the entire world (and I have been to 11 countries). Genuine, sheer, beautiful authenticity. Yep, that would summarize that Mollie girl quite well and a very, very, close second would be the most remarkable amount of pure, strange awkwardness that she can produce in an given instant. In the funniest way possible, of course. 

baton rouge maternity photography

See, look at her! You would never think such mischievousness could come from such a sweet face! Well, don't be fooled. This little lady is the best practical jokester known to man. She is without a doubt one of the funniest people I know. And to top it off, she is producing ANOTHER human in which will be equally as awesome in wit, pranks and goodness!

((Baby Jackson))

baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography

Jackson being his first name and not his last, of course. Due at the end of February!

Jeff, her hubs, and her wanted to capture baby Jackson's moments before his debut into the world. Mollie choose two of her most favorite spots in Baton Rouge and showed that baby off! The neighborhood she grew up in was her first choice- Oakbrook, with all it's glorious fall foliage to shoot and lovely lakes with cypress all around. The second spot was Perkins Rowe, her favorite place to hang out when she's back in town from Texas, where she now resides, mainly because of the Starbucks there I presume.  

baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography
baton rouge maternity photography

Aren't the three of them the cutest little trio ever?! We had a great time and captured some perfect moments in time <3 

Cheers Jeff, Mollie and baby Jackson!!! It was so much fun shooting your Maternity Session!! 

May y'all's lives together be perfect and filled with many awkward moments at other people's expense :))

Love you as big as the sky! 

Baton Rouge Maternity Photography

the Gallups. 

Am I the only one that loves a Maternity Session? This little family, being close friends, allows me to use my creative side! We started in our low light bedroom to try to capture some moody images of baby and Bailey. 

Next spot was our cozy little office with my beloved bookshelf. Ryan did give me many a great tips on posing options. A hidden talent if I do say so myself. 

Being that it was a sweltering Sunday, we hit the outdoors pretty darn early to try and beat the heat. I think the shots came out pretty dreamy. 

Happy Almost Baby Time, Gallups! 

Baton Rouge Maternity Photography in Destin

I suppose it was perfect that the first baby bump session I did was for my best friend for many years, Kristan Gallup. She was so darling and perfect for the shoot. We had a girls weekend scheduled in Gulf Shores and I knew it was going to be the perfect spot for her maternity session for her sweet little one! 

All I could think was that she needed to be in a JCrew magazine with her tiny, little waist line and perfect little baby belly. 

Her and Ryan are keeping everyone in suspense in regards to the gender reveal for Baby Gallup's arrival day. They do however have the names in place for either gender which would be Nathaniel or Cora Leigh.   

We had the perfect, overcast day for her session which lent greatly for lighting and sun reflections but not so much for the girls getting a tan however :) 

We practiced lots of laughing shots because those make the best shots. I said things like, "poot" and "toot" and "isn't Natalie so funny" and that got lots of laughs. 

Happy Baby Having, Kristan Leigh Bailey.