Moms know that every pregnancy is unique. But sometimes, I think there is hesitancy regarding pregnancy portrait sessions for all but your first pregnancy. All I know is, that every maternity session I do is special, and I don’t care whether it’s your first or fifteenth kid– pregnancy is a beautiful thing that deserves recognition. Rachel’s outdoor maternity photoshoot proves that it doesn’t have to be your first kid to have a special photoshoot. This was baby #3 for Rachel, and she looked stunning. I loved capturing her and her family at this next stage in their family history!
I’m a sucker for taking photos in parks, so when Rachel suggested Twin Creeks Historic Park, I jumped at the chance! This was one of only a handful I had ever done at Twin Creeks. Twin Creeks Historic Park is a little-known gem in my neck of the woods (Cedar Park, Texas). It was a gift to the city of Cedar Park in 2004, and it is home to an 1800s-era log cabin, caves, Creekside trails, and ancient archaeological sites. Needless to say, it’s a pretty cool place!
Rachel brought along her husband and two kiddos to join in on the maternity photo fun. The sky was really showing off its summer colors, and we were able to use many of the park’s features to complement the family photos. I particularly love the one of the family seated on the stone stairway.
Of course, kiddos that small don’t usually sit still for a long time. Who can blame them? With a 40-acre streamside park to go run around in, I wouldn’t want to sit still for too long, either! So, Rachel coordinated the photoshoot so that her husband could take the kids while she did some solo maternity photos. The results did not disappoint!
One of my aims for Rachel’s maternity session was to give her two distinct photo experiences. I really wanted to capture the lightness, happiness, and spontaneity that comes with being a parent to young kids. We managed to do that pretty well when the kids were in the picture. Rachel’s solo sessions had a whole separate feel to them, in my opinion.
Rachel, of course, still looks stunning and joyful in her solo photos, but I wanted to portray a sense of power and elegance in them. The sunlight worked its magic to make this happen, but there were a lot of little things that went into creating an ethereal setting for her portraits. Rachel’s gown choices shifted moods — whereas I feel like the purple gown was playful and elegant, the blue gown was grounding and almost gave her a royal sort of feel.
And I don’t want to make it sound like nature did all the work. Rachel was definitely the powerhouse of the photos. I’m absolutely in awe of how these photos turned out.
Texas is known for its bluebonnets to the point where all other Texas wildflowers get swept under the rug. Nature just happened to be giving off a show on the day of Rachel’s photoshoot, and we went with it. We got as many photos as we could in the beautiful coreopsis (the yellow flowers). These flowers bloom throughout most of the year, and they’re a sight to behold against the greens of the state!
Rachel’s outdoor maternity session really had a lot going for it. But if there’s any one thing that stood out, it’s Rachel. I loved that she took the time to plan and document this moment in time for herself. I know it’s something both she and her family will look back on fondly.
Thanks to Rachel for this breathtaking outdoor maternity session. Ready to plan yours? Click here.