As soon as Sarah contacted me about doing a maternity session for her family, I knew we were a good fit. Not only did we have a lot in common (she also has a 21 month old daughter named Elizabeth!), our visions for the session were also completely in line!
We did the O’Neil’s session on a sunny Friday afternoon at Onondaga Park. Since all of our communication thus far had been over email, it was great to finally meet Sarah, Dave, and Elizabeth in person. These guys are such a fun family! Their session felt more like an hour of play than an hour of work! As anyone with a toddler knows, it is extremely difficult to get them to stay still. Mixing a couple of posed photos in between running, climbing on rocks, and reading books allowed Elizabeth to enjoy the session and helped me to capture her genuine smile. I think we were all pretty tired by the end, too!
One thing that Sarah mentioned in our initial conversation was that, even though it was technically a maternity shoot, she didn’t want to be the center of attention the entire time. Her request helped me to become a bit more creative than I otherwise would and I love the results! Looking at the final images, their session feels very documentary in nature, rather than the more posed style that I’m used to. It was so much fun capturing the O’Neils as they interacted naturally with one another! I was also able to focus a lot more on the details (like Elizabeth’s tiny hands and pearl necklace) which I love.
The O’Neils will welcome Baby Girl #2 in the middle of August and I could not be more happy for them! Here are some of my favorite images from their maternity session!
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