When I say that I was excited to meet this little one, it’s an understatement.
Often, my moms- and dads-to-be contact me and schedule during the second and third trimesters. But this mama had every one of her “t”s crossed and her “i”s dotted when she contacted me to arrange a photo session to announce to friends and family they were pregnant. She knew exactly what she wanted by way of a mock movie poster, and the excitement began building from there as their “expecting session” took shape and that movie poster took the form of printed magnets* announcing their soon-to-be starlet:
*information intentionally blurred for privacy
We went on to do two maternity sessions: an outdoor, sun-filled country setting, and a separate, indoor studio session designed just for mom and that beautiful belly (see below for a special “before” and “after” image side-by-side from the studio maternity and the newborn sessions).
Over the course of the past 10 months, I’ve not only gotten to know and love them, but I’ve had somewhat of a front row seat watching them progress through the incredible journey to parenthood.
Approaching their February due date, they knew she was breech and a scheduled C-section was the most likely possibility. So I marked it down on the calendar, began her newborn photography session planning and kept a close watch on the days – eagerly awaiting news of baby girl’s arrival.
Little did I – or they – know she had very definite plans of her own … and those plans did not account for turning head-first or waiting for her scheduled birthdate. In lightning fashion four days before their original C-section, and mere hours after they arrived at the hospital early on February 14, baby girl made her grand entrance into the world – her own version of a Hollywood red carpet and the best Valentine’s gift they could ever receive.
As I was planning the various color themes for her session, perhaps I was channeling Valentine’s Day or the whole idea of Hollywood, but beautiful reds and florals kept coming to mind. That was the inspiration for the red poppies and digitally-created water ripples in the first image. That perfect stump is a real log taken from what was left of the tallest tree on my mom’s property back in my Kansas hometown.
So, now, without further ado, we can officially say, “And then comes Raigan Adele”: