With November’s weather being a bit chilly for exposed skin and the scenery looking a bit drab, outdoor shooting season ended (until the snow arrived last week!) and I got to welcome a few new faces into my recently-renovated studio. Moving into the new space in June means that the most significant action the studio has seen was my bumper crop of summer newborn shoots and Suzanne’s extended maternity session (along with a few other brief indoor visits from Robby & Sam, Emily & Jay, Rob & Heather, and Kaylan & Curtis), so it was great to finally start using the space for some adults.

First up were Kelsey and Josh, who were a pleasant surprise when I opened my door to welcome them in. Although I haven’t seen him in at least 15 years, Josh grew up one street away from me, in my dad’s old farmhouse, so it was fun to work with a familiar face from my childhood. What a cute pair! The height difference made it easy to play up on Josh’s ‘supporting’ role and Kelsey’s soon-to-be-mama glow was out of this world. After a couple of months away from maternity shoots, it was great to get back into the swing of things and these two made for a laid-back session.

Next in were the Pigeons, who got given a three-session gift certificate – I love that these packages meant that I get to watch families as they grow! Julie and Kevin hadn’t worked with a photographer in years, so it was fun helping them get comfortable while testing out a bunch of new pose ideas. They were such a calm and relaxed couple that the session seemed to fly by. The excitement about their baby girl’s pending arrival was palpable and, as I write this, I am eagerly awaiting word of when Kylie and I will get to meet one another.

Finally, I met Loes and Hans, who were my lighthearted, I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-but-I-love-to-smile pair. Loes has such an engaging smile and warm personality that it made her an easy subject to connect with, and Hans – well, he was awesome in his roles as subject AND fabric waver! I think he should be considering a career change. ;) Unbeknownst to me at the time, Loes is yet another example of the ‘two degrees of separation’ rule that seems to be happening at Moment.us – everyone who comes here seems to know at least one of my other clients. I love how word-of-mouth and small cities work! J

These maternity sessions mean that I’ve got a great little cluster of Christmas-ish babies coming my way, and I can’t wait! It’s so heartwarming to see the subtle changes that take place in Mom and Dad and the I-can’t-believe-we-made-that-little-person looks they exchange during newborn sessions.

Stay tuned for the next post because, while I wait for these little ones to arrive, I’ve got a couple of other newborn sessions to share! In the mean time, here are some shots to make you smile.

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