Doesn’t it feel like spring just started? Now that we’re inching closer to the hot months of summer, I thought I’d take an opportunity to share this outdoor maternity session from March of 2021. This was pretty soon after the disastrous Texas cold snap, but you can hardly tell by looking at the greenery in Ashley’s maternity photos.
It just goes to show how resilient this place and the people here are. And Ashley and Aaron now have two kids who are all a part of that community.
Meet Ashley, mom of two as I write this today. She — like most moms I am a maternity photographer for — is a strong, independent woman on her own path! Ashley had a plan for her maternity session, and I was all about it. She even bought her own dress for the photoshoot! The green matched the springtime vibes.
I definitely don’t make clients buy their own maternity gowns (I have a full closet for anyone to choose from!). However, some clients feel more comfortable buying their own, and that is totally okay! She bought hers from Sew Trendy and I loved the way it looked on her.
Ashley was accompanied by her husband, Aaron. This wasn’t their first pregnancy, but we made sure to make it feel just as special. As far as I’m concerned, every pregnancy is unique and special, and it’s important to find ways to commemorate them uniquely.
Admittedly, I have my favorite parks as a photographer. Richard Moya Park isn’t on my usual lineup, however, I always forget how much I love it until I get to the park and start taking photos. Not only does it have this lush greenery that makes it feel like you’re taking a walk somewhere outside of Austin, it also has historical features.
That includes this absolutely gorgeous old bridge. It’s hard to tell now, but it used to be open for vehicle traffic! I don’t know if I’d want to drive across the bridge, but it’s a nice walk, and it makes for gorgeous maternity photos. The evening light here is incredible. In color photos, it gives everything a golden glow.
Meanwhile, in black and white photos, it’s easy to work with contrast and texture. I love in the photos above how the ripples in the skirt of Ashley’s dress stand out. The grain on the wood planks of the bridge also seems to pop in the black and white maternity photos, as well.
These elements are there in the color photos. However, there is so much else to look at in the color photos that small details like that can get lost. Of course, the color adds a dramatic flair to photos like this one below –where the bridge almost looks like it’s glowing, and Ashley is the queen of the walkway. Making shots like this happen is one of the best parts of my job — and it’s something I think my clients enjoy, as well!
As always, thank you to Ashley and Aaron for taking the time with me to get some of these amazing glamor shots.
Outdoor maternity photography is one of my specialties. I have some great spots in the back of my mind for my maternity photo clients. Planning your maternity photos? Lets chat.