I have had a lot of friends over the years that knew me long before I was a photographer. They followed me from the very beginning. They saw the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s face it.
Photographers grow and learn while they are shooting. They all do. We all do.
We get better over the years as we perfect our craft and we learn and find our own style. Jennifer is no such exception.
Jennifer and I worked as nurses in the same ICU for many many years and when it came time for her to get married we even discussed the possibility of me shooting her wedding. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that I could share in her day but when her sister got pregnant, she commishioned me for a session to photograph her neice as a gift for her sister. She always said that when she got pregnant – I was going to be her girl.
Shortly before she and I both left the ICU we were working in, Jennifer found out she was expecting. I think I was maybe the 4th person she told! Such an honor! And we started planning the maternity session.
Jennifer’s family owns a farm out in Baily, NC which is just outside of Raleigh and she knew it had to be on the farm. Her husband works and runs the farm. It is a part of their lives and their family and it was where their little one would be brought up and raised. We simply MUST do it on the farm!
AND bonus when it is a cotton farm! I knew this shoot was going to be amazing from the minute we started planning it. We did have to re-schedule once because the original date it rained and was super gross and the cotton doesn’t look the same when it is beaten down with rain. A few weeks later (and post cotton harvest season, for which her husband graciously didn’t plow this one amazing cotton field just for this session).
We marched out to the cotton field and I stood on a step stool in the middle of it and captured some amazing portraits that I know will be in her family for years to come. We also used an adorable pond on their property for some portraits and also I was so happy when Jennifer agreed to pose in one of my new maternity gowns. They are a little more etherial and definately more for just the mom portion of portraits which is sometimes why the clients that I have had don’t elect to use them. They really want to have a family session or make it more about the family then the bump – which is totally OK; but when I have a client and friend willing to let me be more creative with gowns and making the image a little more fantasy like – it is seriously an amazing thing.
I had such a fantastic time with the High family and celebrating with them as they are expecting Gracie Jo! AND be sure to watch out for her newborn session becuase very, very soon she will be here! AND we already have some big plans for that session too! It is one not to miss!