December 28, 2020
I can’t be the only person in the world who loves a good holiday surprise — because Sarah and Ryan definitely had a surprise they wanted to share with their family and friends this holiday season.
I never thought I’d say this, but this is one instance where sheltering-in-place had an obvious upside (other than keeping people safe). Neither Sarah nor Ryan had traveled or really seen much of their family since the beginning of the pandemic. Needless to say, this made for a perfect present that could be packed into a Christmas card.
What was the surprise? Sarah & Ryan are welcoming a baby into their lives after many, many tries… and no one knew until they sent out their Christmas cards!
That’s right! Thanks to the pandemic, Sarah could plan and shoot her holiday maternity photos without even a hint to anyone that she might be pregnant! In pictures like the one below, Sarah is absolutely radiant. I’m sure part of the radiance she emanated during her holiday maternity photo session had to do with the knowledge that she’d be making a lot of people happy at the end of a pretty dark year.
What amplified this story for me, and I’m sure for all of the recipients of their maternity photos, was that Sarah & Ryan had been trying for years to conceive. Problems conceiving can lead to tremendous amounts of stress, so 2020 couldn’t have been a better time to receive the news that Sarah was pregnant. Thanks to modern fertility technology & science, the couple finally got the pregnancy that they both had waited so long for.
What was really special for me about this shoot was that I felt like I was in on this delightful little secret. You can tell how much this beautiful couple loves each other, and that showed through in every snapshot I took. But you can also really tell how eager they are to share their happiness with the people they love.
It’s that kind of happiness that first interested me in becoming a professional maternity photographer to begin with. As a mother, it’s a given that photographing babies and mothers is something I enjoy. But what is so very clear in maternity sessions like this is that pregnancy can really bring people together — especially during the rough patches in our lives.
2020 didn’t stop Sarah and Ryan from relishing in their own happiness and bringing their infectious joy to the people they love. Despite everything that happened this year, they still managed to make it to the end with a ray of hope to get them into the next year– and soon they’ll be introducing another little life into our beautiful world in March of 2021.
So, again, congratulations to Sarah, Ryan, and all their loved ones on welcoming a new member of the family into their lives in just a few months. I loved being able to bring your surprise to life through these holiday maternity portraits, and I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings for you and all of us.
Want to see some other holiday-themed sessions I’ve done? You can check out Baby Chloe’s newborn session, HERE
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