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The Beauty of Maternity Photography
I absolutely loooooovvvvvve photographing pregnant women. There is something peaceful and soothing about taking pictures of a mother carrying her child. Since I was a little girl, I have always been captivated by the magical bulging belly and the beautiful glow of pregnant mommas-to-be, both in humans and other living creatures. It never ceases to fascinate me how amazing the female body is and the incredible gift of pregnancy and giving birth. Pregnant women are one of my favorite subjects to photograph because I highly respect them and see so much beauty in each and every one of them, and I feel passionate about trying to show that through the photographs that I take.
I particularly love taking maternity photos in nature, where new life is constantly budding all around. I feel that nature and pregnancy are eternally connected. What could be more natural than giving birth, and what is more simple and beautiful than the unconditional love that a mother has towards her unborn child who she selflessly nurtures inside of her own body. For me, photographing a pregnant woman surrounded by mountains, the ocean, tall swaying grass or wise old trees enhances the purest beauty of a pregnant woman. And it is even more spectacular when the sunlight is soft and glowing; gently touching a woman’s skin and wrapping around her motherly curves.
The pictures above are pregnancy photographs of a wonderful, free spirited mother named Mary. I had so much fun taking maternity photos of her! She has a beautiful soul, a big heart, and a pure love for life that, as you can see, really shines through. I admire how uninhibited and how comfortable she is in her own skin. Mary is a surfer and an ocean lover, so it was of no surprise that she wanted to take her maternity pictures on the beach. We took a short hike down to the south end of Sunset Cliffs, where it was quiet and less crowded then the other beaches. And Mary was so adventurous that she even waded in to the cold water and laid on the seaweed covered boulders in the tide pools! One of my favorite moments of the afternoon, was when a group of tough looking young guys walked by and told Mary that she looked beautiful. It melted my heart seeing the big smiles spread across their faces upon seeing her.
As a photographer, and as a human being, I feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to take pictures of Mary and people like her. It is the people that I photograph that enable me to do what I love so much. Every mother to be, every family, and every bride & groom who opens their hearts and puts their trust in me, allows me the opportunity to grow and to learn, both as a person and as a photographer. Without them, my photographs would feel empty; it is their spirit and their willingness to share their special moments in life with me that fill my photographs with emotion. This, to me, is the greatest gift.
So, thank you, Mary, for inviting me to be your Maternity Photographer! And thank you to all of the wonderful people that have given me the opportunity to photograph them and their families. It means the world to me!
Heceta Head Lighthouse, the Oregon Coast
Heceta Head Light House Bed and Breakfast is a picturesque setting for any nature lover’s outdoor wedding!
View of the lighthouse from the Hobbit Trail.
The Hobbit Trail behind the lighthouse.
Looking back from the lighthouse at the bed and breakfast towards the Cape Creek Bridge and to the beach below.
The incredible view from the Mariner’s room!
The smaller of the two dining rooms in the bed and breakfast.
Imagine getting married here!
Heceta Head Lighthouse is a spectacularly beautiful gem tucked in to the lush green cliffside of the stunning Oregon coast. If you are searching for a unique outdoor wedding venue in the Pacific Northwest, there is not a place that is more picturesque. Situated atop a protruding bluff in front of a towering Spruce forest, the charming white lighthouse with it’s red painted rooftop stands tall overlooking the wild coastline and the crashing waves below. With breathtaking views, pristine beaches, winding wooded trails, a meandering river beneath the Cape Creek Bridge, and a historical lightkeeper’s house that has been converted into a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast, the options are endless for creating beautiful wedding photographs amongst an incredibly scenic backdrop.
Whether you are planning a large wedding reception, desire a small intimate wedding, or stealing away to elope with your loved one, the choices abound for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in this magical place. What could be more romantic and inspiring than getting married in front of a 118 year old lighthouse that has stood the test of time weathering every storm, with it’s beacon of light shining bright. A perfect symbol of strength, stability, and safety for tieing the knot! Just below the lighthouse is the innkeepers quarter’s which was built in the 1800s and converted into a bed and breakfast. It has a beautifully groomed lawn that outstretches from the side of house with a view of the lighthouse above and the sea below, and it is an ideal setting for a larger outdoor wedding and reception. For those thinking of small wedding ideas, you could rent out the entire house to share with your closest family and friends, and get married on the wrap around porch or the beautiful beach below. Staying at the bed and breakfast is like turning back the hands of time, with it’s six unique rooms and antique decor. Life seems to slow down as you sit on the porch to watch the sunset, sip hot tea by one of the two stone fireplaces, or leisurely enjoy the seven course breakfast full of local flavors and handmade treats. And for those nature lovers or the more adventurous couple, you can follow the Hobbit Trail behind the lighthouse through an enchanting forest of lofty trees and knobby roots leading to an awe inspiring view of the coastline to the north, or hike a little further to your own secluded beach to exchange your vows.
Recently, my husband and I snuck away to Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast to celebrate our eight years together as a couple. Wanting to give new life to my wedding dress, I brought it along to take some pictures in this astounding setting, and I was so inspired by the welcoming accommodations and the raw beauty that surrounds it. To shoot a wedding there would be absolutely amazing! If reading this blog post leads you to decide to have an outdoor wedding at Haceta Head Lighthouse, please contact me. I would be delighted to give you a discount and to photograph your wedding at this fairytale wonderland!
On April 4, 2014 I married my best friend. It was not your typical wedding, but it was the perfect wedding for us. My husband and I both feel very connected to the sea. We love to surf, sail, freedive and just be anywhere near the beach. When we first met in 2004, we serendipitously discovered that we each shared the same dream of sailing to the South Pacific. Four years later, we had bought our own sailboat together and found ourselves chasing the sunset across the great blue Pacific. So it should be of no surprise when I tell you that we also decided to get married in the ocean.
The day of our wedding we took a little boat out to the kelp beds off of San Diego. I put some flowers in my hair and tossed on a veil, and my husband, Chris, threw on a tie over his wetsuit. We jumped over the side and paddled our surfboards over to a quiet, peaceful spot right off the coast. With the fish as our witnesses, we held hands and exchanged vows in the water as the glowing orange sun set on the horizon behind us. It was a beautiful moment that we shared only with our good friend, Megan, who was our adventurous officiant. Knowing each of us well, she wrote a touching sermon that encompassed us both as individuals and as a couple (which she stored in a Ziploc bag and read aloud while balancing on a surfboard and wearing a GoPro camera strapped to her head!).
The most important thing to me that day, was marrying the wonderful man that I love. And for our journey there was no better place to start our new life together, as husband and wife, than where we feel most connected and free. But since we were married in our wetsuits, we were not able to take the wedding pictures that I had dreamt of. As a wedding photographer myself, having my own bridal photos is something that I’ve always looked forward to. I pictured myself in a simple rustic dress with lace details being photographed kissing my husband amongst towering redwood trees, a first look by the river’s edge, and a picture of us holding hands while walking down a sandy beach on the rugged Big Sur coast.
So I reserved the Big Sur Cabin at Glen Oaks Big Sur, booked our plane tickets, and we were off for some destination wedding photography! I bought a beautiful little wedding dress, hired an amazing wedding hair stylist and make-up artist named Melissa Marie, and stopped at the Farmer’s Market on our drive down the coast to make a do-it-yourself natural wedding bouquet. When we arrived at our destination, we snuck in a quick dip in the river and then prepared for our bridal photos. My husband and I spent the afternoon having our pictures taken in the redwood grove, by the river, and at Julia Pfeifer State Beach. It was so fun to spend the day together playing, taking pictures, and focusing on each other without any stress of a wedding day!
I wasn’t able to take our own wedding pictures but I was really inspired by the natural beauty of Big Sur. I spent the following afternoon running around the redwoods and exploring by the river with my camera and wedding dress in hand, looking for places to take more photos. These are the pictures that I’m sharing here with you.
I hope my own story helps you when planning for your own wedding. Don’t forget to cherish the things that inspire you both and the dreams that you share together. Your bridal photos can be as unique as you are! Just remember that this is your fairytale, and together you can write your own story. Happy wedding planning!