A Surprise Photo Session! | Pregnancy Announcement | Powder Mills Park | Victor Portrait Photographer
When Adriana called me a month after her beautiful wedding, I couldn't even image the exciting news she was about to share with me.
She was pregnant!!
And Mychal didn’t know yet!!
Facetiming her and seeing the pure, ecstatic joy on her face was such a special moment to me. I felt truly honored to be one of the first to learn this amazing news and was simply thrilled for one of my all time favorite couples!
I had a surprise to share with Adriana, too... I was pregnant as well!
And no one else knew! We had both only found out a day or two before we talked, and are due the same week in June! What a once-in-a-lifetime phone call!! <3
During our chat Adriana revealed her adorable plot to surprise Mychal with the big news. We decided to fabricate a photo shoot and to pretend that I had reached out to her requesting they model for me as I did a portfolio-building-photo shoot.
Poor Mychal probably severely resented me haha- he had showed up to the session after taking a red-eye the night before, and after taking 1000 wedding photos less than a month prior. He probably thought we were nuts. But man, was he a trooper! I’ve said before that the love these two have is truly special, and it shone through once again at our ‘couples session meandering through the park’. ;)
At the end of the session I (well, really Adriana!!) had ‘one last idea to try’ .... and the rest is history!
I told Adriana and Mychal to write three things they love about their spouse and to reveal it on the count of three...
I love how happy he is here - and he has no idea!
Truly. the best secret I've ever been in on!! <3
The sweetness is overwhelming.
You two have moved beyond clients and are permanently lodged in my heart. So happy for you guys and Ellie!!! Cannot wait to meet your bound-to-be-gorgeous baby (just a few months away!!). So much love to you!
Looking to capture your own pregnancy announcement? I'd love to dream up a session with you!! But watch out, because I feel big feels and will probably tear up while photographing it ;)
It's no secret I love lifestyle sessions. Capturing a family in the place they love most brings the warmest, most genuine portraits. I always find lifestyle sessions seem to tell the full story - a snapshot at this moment in time. So when some of my best friends had a baby, I couldn't wait to worm my way into their home to capture all the sweetness. And let me tell you, Tessa's brought such sweetness.
Smith Family, we are all so beyond thrilled for you.
Tessa is such a perfect to your already rad little family.
I look forward to worming my way into your home for many more family sessions in the future. But for now, please enjoy some highlights. All the warmth you guys show, and all the details brought me to tears over and over while editing. We love you guys!!
A few little sneak's from Tessa's studio session
To add even more to the story, here are a few maternity portraits of Katie right before she had Tessa. It was so special to then take the newborn pictures in the same location.
And, side note, Katie's hydrangea is killin' it!!
Looking for a lifestyle newborn, maternity, or family photographer in the Victor, NY area? I'd love to chat with you about a portrait session that would make your heart sing :)
This summer has nearly whizzed by and I didn't want it to end without sharing some special first birthday moments that I had the pleasure of capturing!
My time with Riaan and his family was such a joy! Friends and family had traveled from all over to help celebrate this adorable birthday boy! It was evident how very loved this little one is! <3
Before the party began, we were able to document all his wonderful family with a few portraits of each family member with the birthday boy- aunts, grandparents, great uncles - everyone had their time to cuddle!
Mom and dad had a few quiet minutes with Riaan (and their pup!) , and OF COURSE, our favorite new one year old had his own little portrait session!
It was such an honor (and truly so much fun!) to capture all the laughter, music, details, and cake smashes that made this day so special!
Happy, happy birthday to the cutest first birthday boy around!!
Looking for a portrait photographer in the Victor, NY area to capture the sweet moments and special details of your little one's birthday party? I'm always excited to help make this their BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!! :) Give me a shout! :)
When looking for a maternity photographer, you probably wouldn’t expect one to call you up out of the blue and ask you to model your gorgeous baby bump. But that’s exactly what happened to this beautiful pregnant mama!
I first met Steph about two months ago at her first visit to our church. I immediately loved her friendly personality and knew she was a keeper when she shared that her baby girl’s name will be Rosie (for those of you who don’t know- that’s MY baby girl’s name!
So, when a few Rochester photog friends and I dreamed up a customized, collaborative session ( a la The Rising Tide Society), I just knew Steph was meant to be our model! After looking through the images of this beautiful expecting mama- I know you’ll agree!
Are you expecting? Looking for a beautiful, unique Maternity session? Know someone who's pregnant and want to give them THE perfect gift??
Collaboration with : Emi Rose Studios, Mischief and Laughs Photography,
Danielle Ramirez Photography, Diana Kapatos Photography
Hair and Makeup: Bombshell Beauty by Juli Antonucci
Nails: My Manicure by Bri
Normally a Rochester area family photographer, it’s so exciting when I get to ‘come home’ to New Jersey and photograph in fresh (yet very familiar!) settings. The park this sweet family was photographed in was actually my neighborhood playground! I love that I was able to photograph my friend’s sweet girls where I used to play as a kiddo. I’m fairly certain I was never dressed as preciously as this duo was, though! It’s no secret this precious family is one of my favorites to photograph. Without getting too mushy (you know I’m notorious!)- I’ll just say they’re the real deal: fun, genuine, kind and loving. A wonderful little family <3
After their family session, mom requested a special first birthday session for Katherine. She is seriously SUCH a doll! Happy and smiley during both sessions. She never fussed once. What a beautiful little sweetheart! She’s a keeper for sure! ;)
If you are looking for a New Jersey family session or a lifestyle newborn session, I may be able to accommodate you! I make several trips down to North Jersey throughout the year and would LOVE to help tell your story!
Send me a message and let’s chat!
I know it’s entirely too cliché to say that I love my job. But there’s no simpler way to put it: I LOVE it. I love capturing families grow in size, whether welcoming first babies or fourth babies. I am immeasurably humbled when a family allows me the beautiful honor of continuing to capture their story. Watching kiddos that I’ve truly come to care about grow up in front of my lens is so thrillingly meaningful to me. Several months ago I began offering in-home lifestyle sessions, and they are rapidly becoming some of my favorite. While I, of course, love a good portrait session at a whimsical location, there is something so personal, intimate and cozy achieved when I am able to document a family in their home. I also love that as the years go by children will be able to see images of themselves in the place they love most. I know they will be simply treasured.
This precious newborn session is of sweet baby Blaire. Her mama and I went through our first pregnancies together and our sons were born within a month of each other. Wyatt has always been a cutie, but watching his pride as he held his baby sister completely melted me! I have been holding off on sharing this sweetness until the Seabury family could send out their (adorable!) Christmas card but I think it’s now officially safe to share! ;) From capturing Blaire in her beautiful nursery, to the surprise appearance from a Ford Model T, your session was so charmingly unique, and I was honored to have captured it. So much love to your beautiful family!!
Behind the Lens:
Jessi lives near Rochester, NY with her handsome hubby and their three 'Lovebugs'.