Today on the blog you get to meet Charlie the 7-pound, 2-ounce bundle of sweetness who belongs to Grace and Sean…Read More
"When he proposed, we were up north visiting his family in Traverse City. I knew something was up because the whole drive north, he was fidgety and staring at me. We went to his childhood home, and talked with his father and stepmother for an hour or so and then he got very impatient and stated we needed to leave to visit his mother. (She wasn't supposed to even be out of work for another hour). I thought he was being ridiculous, but I went along with him and headed outside. It was raining and he turned and asked me to walk with him. I remember looking at him like he was crazy and asked him if I could put my things in the car so they wouldn't get wet. He tossed my phone in his pocket and asked again if I would walk with him. I agreed and in my cloth shoes he led me to this gorgeous tree on his dad's property. He looked at me, and started it with "You know I love you, right?" I responded that I loved him too, and he said "I want to spend the rest of my life with you." Figuring out what he was doing must have fried my brain because I responded with, I love you too. (Again).
He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, and he tried to put the ring on the wrong hand, hahaha.
We went and told his family and I called all of mine. It was a really unforgettable night." ~Marisa
Garrett and Marisa's wedding was on a beautiful, crisp fall day, with just a little evening rain.
I was honored to captured the photography for them with my awesome associate photographer Angela Mohney of Almost Fantasy.
Kristina at K Booth Media did the videography for their wedding.
Click play to view the wedding trailer above!
*Decide on a style you like! Check out other maternity photos online to really see what’s out there and find out which direction you want to go in. Some people love the classic studio look and some prefer a more natural, outdoor, look. I know a bunch of great local areas, and have my own studio space so we can do whatever style you prefer.
*Plan your outfits! Pregnant women should wear something that fits well and shows off that great baby bump. You can always add a belt above your belly for added definition on a super cute dress! If you want to wear jeans for bare belly shots, I recommend going for non-maternity jeans that you can leave unbuttoned. It looks a lot cleaner than using maternity panel jeans, and let's face it, everyone loves buttons.
*Include your partner in some shots! This is a special time for both of you, and it's always fun to include them. If you have other children too, or a favorite pet, they are great additions to your photos as well.
*Bring both light and dark tops like Heather did (above). That bright pink was just perfect, and lacy or knitted sweaters like her red one are super fun. Black is fantastic for side shots, but in other poses it can really hide your gorgeous belly. Don't forget to bring colors!
*If you feel comfortable, don’t be afraid to rock some fabulous shoes. But, absolutely make sure to bring a pair of flat walking shoes if we are moving between locations. You won't want to be running around in heels the whole time!
*Keep it simple! Super busy patterns are typically distracting from your beautiful baby belly.
*Don't be afraid of showing off your belly because of stretch marks. They are a beautiful, natural part of motherhood (and if you hate them, they can always be edited out!).
*Props! It's always fun to announce your upcoming addition in a creative way. Tiny knitted shoes, a favorite childhood story book, special heirloom knitted blanket... The bestprops are the ones that have a special meaning to you.
*Try cute and different ideas. Pinterest is amazing for inspiring your creativity, and I always have ideas so never be afraid to ask for help. Hobby Lobby and Michaels typically have adorable banners that you can announce a gender or that you're expecting with, along with cute cut-out chalkboards, and many other neat things.
*Make sure you take your maternity photos taken before your last month. If your little love is in a hurry and arrives early we then we may not get to shoot.
Do you have any tips I forgot to add in? Comment with them below!