I absolutely love serving the Ithaca community as a maternity portrait photographer! We have such amazing locations to choose from that make women feel like goddesses! When I asked Chrissy what type of maternity portraits she was looking to have created to celebrate her pregnancy, she relayed that she wanted something simple, no fuss, and organic. I decided that a combination of studio and outdoor portraits would be ideal to showcase her natural beauty. She felt rather nervous as she’d never had professional portraits taken before, and wasn’t sure what to expect.
We began with the indoor studio session, where it was warm and cozy. She brought some light and airy clothing and I matched it with a simple white backdrop, to keep the focus on her radiant glow! The results were bright and dreamy.
Next we decided to shift to something a bit more dramatic, a darker background with darker clothing. These classic fine art maternity portraits have a beautiful way of highlighting a growing belly. Many of my clients find that these simple portraits are their favorite images. There is just something so classic about a black and white photograph that stands the test of time.
We decided to take a little break, have some tea, let Chrissy rest her feet, and when she was feeling up for it, we went onward for a hike over at Buttermilk Falls to capture some of the gorgeousness of the waterfalls. Here is where she let her inner woodland fairy shine brightly! This dress is one of my one size fits all maternity gowns by The Citrus Branch which are perfect for when a mama doesn’t have a dress of her own, but wants something elegant and flowy to wear. I have a few of them on hand for my clients as needed, but also can help select discounted rental gowns from some amazing online vendors that I’m paired up with. We walked right under the waterfall, and you can’t tell, but I was standing up to my ankles in water with water splashing down on me while my assistant was holding the light out of the water. ~ its always an adventure!
Next we walked out into the woods to find the best light. Here you can see her belly highlighted by the glow of the sunlight filtering through the trees. It was such a divine moment to capture for her, as her baby’s name is Luma, which means “illuminated one”. It was such a tranquil moment for us all.
I am so honored that Chrissy chose me to capture such a sacred time in her life and that she will have these heirloom portraits to show to her little girl when she grows older.