Lauren’s beach maternity shoot on film

I’ve known Lauren for a good handful of years now, after photographing her for the first time shortly after her son, Landon was born. Lauren is a home, motherhood and fashion blogger who is amazingly candid and helpful when it comes to sharing her life and motherhood experience. Last summer Lauren reached out to me when she found out she was pregnant with her third child, because she knew she would be due in the winter and wanted to do a maternity shoot in the snow. She has previously used my best friend, Tiffany, to do her maternity portraits but because Tiffany was up in Maine and snow is unpredictable, she wanted to use someone local this time around. We’ve been patiently waiting for the right snowfall to come to shoot her in the snow against pine trees but, alas, the timing just never seemed to work out over the last month and her due date was fast approaching. We began talking about alternative options and she mentioned taking a few quick hots outside – maybe at the beach – while we waited for more snow to come. I asked her to go grab a shot of the beach near her house to see what it looked like with snow and upon seeing her quick videos and photo, I knew it would work. Being moms and business owners made scheduling this session such a task between finding sitters, etc. I threw out the crazy idea of shooting at sunrise, on one of the coldest weekends of the season to date and promised her that it would be worth it. She agreed and early one Sunday morning we made the freezing cold trek from our cars to the icy shore. The sun had just started peeking up over the horizon and was this stunning shade of hot pink that was a beautiful contrast to the blue tones of the snow and water.

There was something about the stillness of this shoot that was so refreshing, inspiring and beautiful. For me, it was the ability to photograph her maternity portraits before the rest of Connecticut was awake and buzzing around. We shot at an hour where most people were probably (and smartly) curled up by their fireplace with a cup of coffee. The beach was silent, save a few seagulls that bravely flew through the ice cold sky, and it was incredibly serene. For Lauren, there was something about how graceful she was carrying this baby. She’s a seasoned mom and knew what she was doing. Pregnancy suits her well. But I think there was also something special about knowing that this would likely be the last time she would have professional maternity portraits taken of her. That this baby would usher her into a new season of soon having her body back to herself after years of pregnancy and nursing, and a season where she not just gets to feed and cuddle infants through sleepless nights, but where she gets to nurture and raise a family after the values that she and her husband share. It was a special session all around, and when I got the film scans back they came out more dreamy than I ever could have imagined.

 

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  2. Sarah Davis

    January 22nd, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This beach maternity session is GORGEOUS! I love that you shot it on film — not all photographers have that skill! I wish I was closer to Connecticut so I could have you photograph my family!

  3. Virginia

    January 22nd, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful momma! These images are stunning – you are by far my favorite Connecticut maternity photographer!

  4. jessica montoya

    January 22nd, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    You nailed this lifestyle maternity session! i love all of the close ups of her!

  5. Heather Scott

    January 22nd, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    This Connecticut maternity session is so dreamy! I love her outfit and the setting that you shot in. Seriously stunning!

  6. Laura P

    January 22nd, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    How long have you been a lifestyle maternity photographer? This is a beautiful beach session. Just lovely.

  7. Stevie

    January 22nd, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Every single image is flawless and stunning!! You have got to be one of the best Connecticut maternity photographers out there!! I’m floored by the beauty of these images!!!

  8. Meghan R

    January 23rd, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Wow what a stylish and high-fashion maternity photo shoot! Gorgeous Connecticut maternity photography. That winter beach is stunning.

  9. Aida

    January 23rd, 2018 at 1:57 am

    That dress, that location, that mom-to-be…it all comes together beautifully – just stunning! I am a fan of lifestyle maternity sessions. You are really amazing photographers!

  10. Amy

    January 23rd, 2018 at 3:09 am

    This would have to be one of the most beautiful maternity shoots I have seen, from her gorgeous res to the dramatic backdrop your maternity and lifestyle photography is some of the best I have seen!

  11. Fran Jorgensen

    January 23rd, 2018 at 3:36 am

    This is incredible! I have just started film and it’s such a different world … the fact that you don’t know if the image will come out or not always kills me! I just bought a rolleiflex and making the most out of it!

  12. Alison Rost

    January 23rd, 2018 at 3:36 am

    I love the location of this photoshoot. The mommy to be looks so happy and the color of her dress was a great choice. I wish there were lifestyle maternity photographers when I was still able to have babies. .

  13. Karthika

    January 23rd, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Wow! these maternity photos are absolutely stunning. What a great way to document this special moment in a woman’s life. I love the colors and tones here so much.

  14. Meg

    January 23rd, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Oh my goodness… these are gorgeous shots! Where is her dress from? I absolutely love everything about these images!

  15. Melissa

    January 23rd, 2018 at 11:12 am

    This shoot is dreamy! You are fantastic Connecticut maternity photographer. I miss the northeast so much and I love that you went to the beach for it. What a treasure these are for the family.

  16. Minh

    January 23rd, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, this maternity session is amazing! I absolutely adore her dress and how it sparkles. What part of Connecticut is this? I didn’t know you guys had such beautiful beaches!

  17. Elizabeth Weitz

    January 23rd, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    And my jaw dropped!!! Ahhh, that gorgeous frozen shorline paired with her glamorous dress and the sun…incredible. This is an incredible maternity session! You are such a talented Connecticut Maternity Photographer!

  18. Megan

    January 23rd, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I have never seen a shoot on a beach… in the winter! It is GORGEOUS! You’ve outdone yourself with this Greenwich maternity session Alicia!

  19. Olivia

    January 23rd, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Gah this is why you’re one of my favourite maternity photographers in Connecticut! These maternity photos are absolutely stunning! Beautiful scenery and beautiful light…and of course beautiful mom!

  20. Emely

    January 24th, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    This maternity session and mom-to-be is FIERCE. I love the film tones so so much, especially the blue of the beachy waves. Great job on capturing this gorgeous gal!

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