Meet Alex and her husband, Jordan. She’s a fellow photographer who specializes in weddings and senior portraits. When she reached out to book me for her maternity and newborn portraits I was beyond thrilled! It’s always a huge honor when photographers love my work and want to hire me! Alex wanted an Arizona wildflower maternity session before they welcomed their third baby to the family.
Hiring a photographer for special milestones is always a great idea.
Hiring a photographer for a special milestone like pregnancy is a great way to ensure that you get the best shots of the occasion. Your photographer will make sure that you receive high-quality images that you can keep forever while also allowing you to enjoy what’s going on around you at the same time—no one wants to spend the whole night taking pictures themselves!
Photographers love being hired by other photographers because they know how much work goes into photographing something special like this. There are countless hours spent planning out every detail beforehand (and making sure everything runs smoothly during) which often go unnoticed by those who aren’t involved in it firsthand—but not anymore thanks to these amazing professionals who dedicate their time and energy toward creating memorable moments through photographs!
You should always location scout before a session.
Alex dreamed of an Arizona desert wildflower maternity session, and spring wildflowers in the desert are a photographer’s dream! We didn’t get a ton of winter rain so the flowers were scarce and hard to find, but after hours of scouting, I was able to find a beautiful field of flowers for Alex’s dream maternity session.
Flowers are an invaluable part of many maternity photo shoots, and for Alex’s session, we were looking for a specific type: desert wildflowers. In Arizona, winter rain is the primary catalyst for spring blooms in the desert. Unfortunately, this year’s rainfall was just not enough to produce the flowers we wanted.
In order to find the right flowers, you have to first research where they’re growing locally. Do your homework ahead of time and make sure you know how much water was received that season and whether or not there’s a chance of ample growth sprouting up around your intended shoot date. If there isn’t enough rainfall that year to create an abundance of blooms, don’t worry! You can always grab a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your client to hold. Just think about it—the more preparation you do before heading out on location scouting missions, the less time you’ll have to waste searching high-and-low for something that might not even be there yet.
If you’re going out into a dry climate (think deserts or beaches), try shooting earlier in the day so that everyone stays cool and comfortable while wearing their cute maternity clothes (no one wants weird sweat stains!). It also helps with light direction if you’re going to be standing in front of open sky instead of tall buildings or trees. Using Mother Nature as your light source is usually best!
Alex’s desert wildflower maternity session was such a dream.
We had such a great time during this session, laughter filled the air as did sunshine.
Her family was having a great time during this session. I saw the love, laughter and connection they share as a family. It is clear that they all have an amazing bond.
I was so happy to be able to do your Arizona desert wildflower maternity session for you, and I can’t wait to meet your new baby!
Thank you, Alex and Jordan, for letting me take your maternity photos for you! I wish you both all the happiness in the world as you prepare to become parents for the third time. I’m so excited to see you again when your little lad or lady joins your family!
Here are some of my favorite photos from this adorable family’s session.