Leah, of Leah Daugherty Photography, took my maternity portraits in the fall, and I was so excited to return the favor and take hers as she's due any day now with baby girl number 2! Aside from weddings and couples, maternity is my favorite thing to photograph, and is in fact the only non-couples/non-wedding work I take on! I love the magic of new life, of waiting to meet someone you somehow already know. Pregnancy and birth are miraculous and being invited to share the experience through maternity photography is so special.
Leah is so gorgeous and at 37 weeks at the time we took these, I do not understand how she looked so amazing. At 37 weeks I was a contracting sobbing swollen mess--I was so hormonal and over pregnancy that I tried to adopt two different cats on two different occasions, and I am SO allergic to cats that I have needed urgent care/ER trips after visiting houses where cats live. Obviously this was not a time in my life where I was capable of rational thought.
Somehow, though, Leah was graceful and lovely and just enjoying life, and I had so much fun taking her portraits. We've worked together on several weddings, my portraits, and now hers, and it's so fun getting to celebrate seasons with cameras with your photographer friends. Her little girl, EvaJean, is hysterically sassy and had so much to say about what we were doing, and spent the whole time making her daddy chase after her! We were at the Sands in Port Royal, SC, and since it's a beach, EJ was trying everything she could to get into the water. We laughed so much!
I have to give a huge thanks to my new sister in law, Sarah, for helping me with my gear and lighting equipment for this session. We were moving around quite a bit from spot to spot, and all told my bags weigh around 35 pounds. She not only carried everything but also acted as a human light stand for me when my actual light stands weren't giving me the exact right angle on my lighting equipment that I wanted. I wish I had taken a picture of her standing inside of a huge softbox holding the speedlight in it and angling herself *just* right. She always calls me "da real MVP" but on this day, Sarah was hands down da real MVP!