Abby {Maternity} | Watertown, SD Lifestyle Maternity Photographer

Abby | In-Home Maternity Session

I met this beautiful family almost exactly four years ago as they were welcoming their first child into the world. A week later I had the honor of photographing that sweet little boy's newborn session. 

Over the last four years their family has grown and we've had many sessions together, from newborn to milestones, to family & even a family film. But finally on baby number 3 I was able to talk mama into a maternity session. :) And I have to say, it may be one of my favorites to date!

 

Over the years, I've heard many reason's why some women don't want a maternity session...

I don't feel cute.

I'm huge!

I just feel "yuck".

What will I do with them?

What's the point? We will want new photos in a few weeks when the baby is born.

 

So here's the thing. I've been there myself. Four times. I have felt all. those. things...

I didn't feel cute in the least. I was tired. Uncomfortable. Huge. The actual thought of going through a maternity session was daunting. But I did them. I made myself. And I'm so glad I did. I look back at those images now and they put a big smile on my face. I do not look at them and remember how big or uncomfortable I felt at that time. I remember how amazing it was carrying that baby that I'd longed for for so long. And each one was a reminder of that stage in our life.

My husband and I like to look back and reminisce "remember when it was just the three of us"? (or or four, or five). Remember how different life was and how it changes in an instant?

 

The thing is, every stage of live deserves to be documented -- whether your family is just beginning, continually growing, or complete. They are life changing memories and moments to be looked back on and treasured.

 

So mamas, wherever you are in life right now...however you feel...document now. You will be happy you did.

 

xo, Amber

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And a few weeks later.... <3

Welcome baby William!

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2016 in review

THANK YOU to all my wonderful clients/friends for a fantastic 2016!

Like I did last year, this is a little collage to sum up the year - one photo from each session of 2016.

I had exactly the same amount of sessions in 2016 as I did in 2015! How crazy is that!? I saw some of the same faces, as well as many new ones!

I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and capture beautiful memories for you and your family. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for trusting me to do so.

I can't wait to see what 2017 brings! <3

 

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McKenna {34 weeks} | Watertown, SD Maternity Photographer

McKenna | Maternity Session

I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous mama's maternity session a few months ago. It was SO much fun. Glowing mama. Beautiful night. Gorgeous gown. And lots of laughs :) 

Walking around that evening, talking about what to expect.. not knowing if baby #2 was going to be a boy or girl... so much excitement, so much anticipation. And now SHE's here. And she's absolutely perfect.

I'm not sure about McKenna, but looking back at my own maternity photos was always a flood of emotions. Seeing your body change, holding, growing a baby inside...it is pretty amazing. And thinking back to all those jabs, pokes, and rolls... and on all the dreams you had for your little one, and all the anticipation and excitement of your new life with baby.

Those are moments, memories, to never forget <3