Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Kat, who is 35 weeks pregnant with her third child. She has a wonderful daughter and a son, and a great husband, but this session was all about celebrating her, and how gorgeous she is.
One of the tricky things with a late-March due date and wanting to do outdoor maternity portraits is, of course, the weather. When we first started talking about Kat’s session, I had thought maybe there would be snow on the ground, which could be all sorts of fun to work with, and definitely lead the session in a particular way. As this “winter” (in quotes because it’s been so crazy mild!) has gone on, though, I started to think maybe we could have a nice outdoor session without all the heavy coats and breaks to warm up. Sure enough, as the date for the session approached, I was keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, and it was consistently predicting 45 degrees and sunny — perfect, I thought! I am a hardy New Englander, Kat is originally from Colorado, and no stranger to cold weather, so this should be a great early spring session! Even as I was getting ready to leave my house, 10 minutes away from our location, the forecast was reading the same. When I got in my car, however, the thermometer read 35 degrees. Uh oh, I thought. Maybe I was just parked in the shade? There were a lot of open spaces where we were going, so I held out hope it would be a little warmer. No such luck — as I pulled into the parking lot, the thermometer on my car read 33 degrees. Wrong direction! Oh well, I figured we’d make the best of it — find warmer spots, take lots of breaks and warm up in the car if necessary, whatever it takes, right?
I was pretty early so I’d have time to scout out the location, since this one was new to me. Since I wasn’t going to be IN the images, I bundled up, figuring I had almost an hour before Kat even arrived, so there was no use in getting cold yet, and off I went to explore. I scouted out about 5 different options for where we could set up, all within about 20 minutes, but still, I was absolutely freezing by the time I got back to my car (which luckily had been baking in the sun, so was plenty warm!). I was starting to get a little worried.
Before the session, Kat had proposed several clothing options — I helped her select what I thought would both be most flattering and most comfortable. The dress we decided on was gorgeous on her — a perfect green to complement her eyes, with just enough embroidery detail to add some interest without being distracting. The downside? It had short sleeves. Luckily, she had a lovely brown sweater and high brown boots which would help pull in the browns of the environment we would be in (who are we kidding — even “early spring” in New England is definitely still pretty brown!). I had to hope it would be enough to keep Kat warm through the session.
As we went along the session, I tried to keep us moving as much as possible — instead of flowing evenly from one pose to another, there was a lot of back and forth so Kat wouldn’t get too cold staying in one spot the whole time. We also moved around the space a lot — starting in one spot, heading across the parking lot and up a hill, heading back down the hill and across a field, and then heading all the way to the far corner of the area — Kat even climbed up onto a fence at one point! She was amazing! I kept checking in to see if she was getting cold and wanted a break, but she wanted to keep going, so we did. The light was phenomenal, and Kat was a real natural at posing, despite her protestations otherwise. Here is a quick sneak peek, and I can’t wait to show Kat and her family the rest of the images soon!