Detroit Maternity Photographer

Quyng-Nhu + Chris

Since Michigan is in the middle of a polar vortex I am going back to sunshine and warmer weather for this week’s blog post!

Talk about a radiant momma-to-be! This beautiful momma hopped right out of the car at her session, slipped into her high heels and was ready to explore the park together in the summer heat.  We actually ended up squeezing in this session just a few days before their little one arrived- and I am so glad we did! 

Quyng-Nhu and Chris are so amazing.  They are in the midst of so many life changes and they just laughed it off and talked about all of the exciting things coming their way in the upcoming months.  Graduating from med school, new jobs, a new home, and the biggest one- the arrival of their little one! They didn't seem overwhelmed at all- just excited for what was to come! 

Maybe all of their joy comes from their unique ability to make one another laugh.  As soon as these two were cuddled up together Chris would say something to Quyng-Nhu that had her laughing away or vice versa.  It would certainly be difficult to stress about life when you have your favorite person next to you making you laugh during all of the adventures to come! Thank you for letting me capture this exciting stage of life with you, Quyng-Nhu and Chris!

Our Maternity Photos + Taking a Break

I know I keep saying it, but can someone please pinch me! After all of the maternity pictures I have captured over the past 5 years, I cannot believe that I am sharing our own bump photo shoot! We captured these pictures in Birmingham at Quarton Lake, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph.  No, we did not secretly find out we are having a boy and decide to announce it with these pictures :) Blue just seems a whole lot more gender neutral than pink, and for all of you ladies who have tried to find a maternity dress that you love you know that when you find one, the color is the last thing you are worried about!

These pictures mean so much to us, and I get a little giddy just looking at them.  My favorite part is how they capture the way Ted looks at me and my bump every single day.  It still surprises me each day when he wants to spend time with the baby, just talking to him or her and having his hands on my stomach.  I take for granted all of the time the baby and I spend together, and then I remember that Ted misses us during the day! He doesn't get to spend every single moment with this growing babe.  I am just so glad I have these photos to remember the way he looks at us.

This past week was my last week of scheduled photo shoots.  I am taking this week to get caught up on editing and sending out galleries and then I will be off on maternity leave.  I have spent a lot of time preparing my business and my heart for this leave.  I am really looking forward to taking 2 months to step away from photographing and diving completely into mamahood.  I plan to check e-mail very sparingly, and to do my best to fully unplug during this time.  I also decided to take a break from work on my social media channels.  Instead I will be sharing what is going on in the moment with our family.  So I will just go ahead and apologize nowfor the baby spam!  

If you are interested in scheduling a fall shoot please e-mail me your availability.  I will get back to e-mails once a week, and would love to see your family once I am back to work!  As always, we cannot thank you enough for your constant support of my business and our growing family.  We feel so loved and encouraged by each of you, and are so excited to share this next season of life with you!

Jessica + Anthony

I have known these two for a very long time, and now they are expecting their first little one!  l met Jessica and Anthony during our years at Farmington High School.  These two have been dating ever since and it has been fun to run into them in the years since graduating and hear their story.  They actually sit near my parents at church every Sunday, so my mom is regularly filling me in on what is going on their lives if I go awhile without seeing them!

Soon after we told my parents we were expecting my mom said that Jessica was due just a week or so after me!  It was so fun to capture these memories with her as we both grow our baby bumps.  It is always funny to me to look back at where I have been in different stages of my life and think, did I ever imagine I would end up in this exact moment? Like when we were 16 at Farmington High did I ever think I would have these two in front of my camera, celebrating their first little one while I am doing the same behind the camera? I didn't expect it, but I am beyond thankful for these moments! 

Jessica and Anthony are going to be the best parents.  They are so joyful as they await their little one's arrival, and I know they are surrounded by family and friends who are equally as excited for their addition! I cannot wait to hear if that little bump is a boy or a girl, and to see your little one grow up!  Congratulations, Anthony and Jessica! 

Putman Maternity

Another sunflower session! Sunflower sessions are totally becoming an annual tradition! Maybe mini sessions next year?! Anyways, I am getting ahead of myself there. Let's chat about this cute couple below.

That lady is Ted's sister, Eve, and that baby bump is our next niece or nephew.  The weekend of this shoot was all about celebrating that little babe, with Eve's shower on Saturday and their maternity session on Sunday.  We had so much fun getting together with all of the most important ladies in Eve's life and celebrating that little babe.  Eve and I went to college together, joined the same sorority and are only one year apart in age, so all different aspects of our lives are intertwined.  It was so fun to be at her shower and get to spend time with aunts, cousins, college friends, my family, family friends, etc. Can we please have more excuses to get so many of my favorite women in one spot?!

Ted and I cannot wait to welcome this babe in our family.  We take our job as aunt and uncle very seriously.  We are all about vacations together, sleepovers, Saturday soccer games, and teaching our nieces and nephews the most important things in life- like how to make the perfect s'more or how to play euchre.  My family is overflowing with kids, but this is the first baby on Ted's side of the family so we are looking forward to transferring our favorite aunt and uncle activities to their side of the family, too. We cannot wait to meet you, baby Putman! 

Kelly + Loren Maternity

This session was such a dream.  I took a chance on a new location (Maybury Park) and asked Kelly and Loren to come as early as they could so we could catch the morning light.  The sun was just perfect, there was no one else at the park, and when Kelly got out of the car wearing that dress I knew we were in for an incredible shoot.  These two are expecting twins, a little boy and a little girl due this fall!  I know right, you would never know by how glamorous Kelly makes pregnancy look.  

We spent our hour together wondering through the park and catching up on life and what soon to be parenthood looks like for these two.  Kelly and Loren are so incredibly comfortable around each other, and that made my job so fun.  They laughed with each other, talked about how excited they were for their growing family, and luckily Loren was able to watch out for the poison ivy that I continued to put us next to.  I will need to learn what the looks like for my next shoot! 

I am already looking forward to meeting these two babes when they arrive this fall.  But for now, enjoy this exciting season of life, Kelly and Loren!