Friday, March 22, 2013

Before the Boy (Couture Family Maternity Session!) ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

If you know the Couture Family, then you know that they've recently (one week ago, in fact) brought their third child and first boy into the world- and they sure are smitten!  In the weeks leading up to his arrival, I was excited to have the chance to photograph this wonderful family again, and I had a feeling it would be a fun time!

On the day of our shoot, it was lightly raining (of course)- which makes this now my third maternity shoot in a row that has taken place in the rain.  Well, being a veteran rain shooter by now, I figured I'd roll with it, and as long as the kids were all right, we'd make the best of it.  It wasn't until the Coutures arrived that another obstacle presented itself: their youngest daughter had spent a good bit of the morning throwing up.  They even brought a huge bib for her to wear between shots just in case.  But despite the grim report, she looked adorable, and she was present, so we soldiered on.  Maternity photos or bust!

Oh, and it was about 43 degrees.  And windy.

Our first few shots were warm-ups- and I mean that in a very literal sense.  I huddled them close together and did as much as I could with that configuration in an attempt to keep those little girlies warm.  In between photos, everyone was bundled up against the wind and I spent a little while doing solo shots of Mom & Belly .  I will say that this experience reminded me yet again of how amazing the pregnant human body can be; she was wearing a sleeveless shirt, and at one point even did a bare belly shot, and didn't even bat an eye.  Thankfully, the sun came out during that time, and the rest of our shoot seemed considerably warmer!  And- we had not a single vomiting incident!  (Never thought I'd say that about a photo shoot!)

So, without further ado, scroll down and see for yourself how the "magic of the camera" changed this cold, windy, drizzly, shoot into one that actually looks like it could have taken place in July!  ;)  Oh, and of course, check out this adorable family; you're in for a treat!

The first "warm-up" shot.   You've got to hand it to them for enduring the cold so well!

These girls were so excited to meet their little brother!

All hands on the belly!

In a maternity shoot, these are some of my favorite photos: just an expectant, radiant mom, and her soon-to-be-born baby.  It's like there's a private conversation going on, and I get to take pictures.

The one photo in which you can tell she wasn't feeling so hot... but she's still oh-so-cute.

How quickly she changed her tune...  These two just melt me with their cute grins!

For the record, this was their idea...  (Maybe this is a good labor-inducing idea?)

Aren't these two adorable together?  I loved taking these couple-shots.  The love just busts right through the camera!

(collective sigh)  So sweet.  

See?  You would never know it was cold at the start!  And it doesn't hurt that there is so much love and anticipation going on, either.  ;)

~ Kathryn

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