When we were pregnant with Jackson, we decided to ask Dave to do some maternity shots of us to capture those joyful moments of being 38 weeks pregnant with our first child. He is an amazing photographer (check out his work here) but had never done any maternity photos before. It worked out really well since Jonathan and I weren't used to posing for pictures or being very formal. Dave simply followed us up and down the beach and snapped some pics along the way. It's so fun to look back on those pictures and remember how we were feeling about getting to meet little Jackson in two short weeks!
Now, we eagerly wait for Rachel to arrive and had the pleasure of working with Lael for some gorgeous shots of our little family. We met Lael when she lived across the street and was also in our church Community Group. Jackson and Jordan were born two months apart, which made for an easy friendship between our families. I had the joy of hosting a triple baby shower for Kristi, Val and Lael last year before they all delivered their sweet babies in August. Now, all three left Norfolk (taking all of their cute kids with them) and I am left to keep tabs on them through social media and occasional meet-ups when we can!
Lael is taking a photography class and putting together a portfolio so we accepted her offer to do some maternity shots for practice and to add to her collection. Check out some more of her AMAZING work over here. She is very talented and if you live in the Northern Virginia area, you should look her up once she goes professional!
This was also a very relaxed shot with minimal hassle of dealing with some very bright sunlight as it peeked between the cloud cover that afternoon. We managed to escape the nasty 80% chance of rain forecast, which was a blessing. We did the shoot down near the Pagoda in downtown Norfolk, which was a great way to capture some of the essence of Norfolk with the water in the background.
Jackson did not make an appearance at this shoot, but not on purpose. Lael was in town for her son's first birthday and to visit friends and we happened to have this weekend free with Jackson over at BB and Grandad's. While we missed having him in these pictures, it was also nice to have some shots of us with Rachel alone as we did for Jackson. Trust me, there are PLENTY of Jackson pictures floating around our house!
Thanks again to Lael for capturing these moments. And now, signing off, 36 weeks pregnant and eagerly awaiting our sweet little girl.