You're probably getting really tired of hearing this, but I just HAVE to mention it again, because I just think it's so cool!
Jessica and I met each other in Fort Riley when both of our husbands were stationed there. She was this super awesome Photographer everyone's heard of (check out her work!) and I had just started my Photography business. I was beyond nervous when I was introduced to her. But ever since we got to meet each other, she has been nothing but sweet to me. We met a few times at Photography events during our stay at Fort Riley and let me tell you, if you don't know Jessica, you're missing out. She's one of the nicest and most uplifting, inspiring and positive people I have ever met, hands down!
Anyway, fast forward a little over a year later, she is stationed in my hometown and I live in the Pacific North West where she's from. Just imagine my excitement when she contacted me for a maternity / family session after she found out I was going to visit! How can you say no to that?
Honestly, I never liked doing maternity sessions. It just wasn't my "thing" and I hadn't done one in years. But when Jessica asked me to, I didn't want to say no. Not to Jessica. She's too sweet, I can't turn her down. I remembered all the inspirational posts, pictures, quotes and personal stories that she always shares on her Facebook (seriously, this girl is so motivating) and thought to myself: "You can do this, this is the perfect opportunity", after all, Jessica is a Photographer, she knows the struggle, she can relate, she'll understand. And oh boy she did!!
Jessica agreed to be my "guinea pig". Almost every single day leading up to the session. I went on pinterest, on dozens of websites and looked at countless of pictures to get even more inspired for my very "first" maternity session. After all , the last one I had was when I barely knew what I was even doing with my camera. So much has changed since then. I've learned so much more about Photography and man, was I ready for that session with Jessica and her family!
We met in Pressath, my sweet little hometown and took advantage of some old buildings and pretty walkways!
When they got out of their car, it took my breath away. Their outfit choice was more than perfect. I want to start a new "what to wear guide" based on their outfits, I mean, look at the colors, the textures. Mesmerizing!!
The Utz family is one of the most gorgeous and nicest families I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. I mean it!
Although their daughter Abigail was in a great mood - goofy, happy, smiley, she wanted nothing to do with "posed" photos. She was okay with just walking around and being a goofball, playing with her flower headband, but as soon as we tried to pose her, it was over. I could tell that Jessica started to get a little frustrated, who wouldn't? But Clients always forget that it takes less than one second to take a photo! I kept reassuring her that it's okay, we'll get it. And we sure did!
I'm swoon by the natural, lifestyle images I got from our session! Looking at the pictures now, you would never know Miss Abigail wasn't cooperating the way we would have liked her to! See for yourself!
She is such a sweetheart, I could have chased after her all day.
This picture above is one of my favorites from this session. Abigail walked up to her mom and both parents were looking at her, kind of like: child, please cooperate. It was the perfect moment. I shouted "LOOK AT ME!!!" and within a 10th of a second or so, BOTH Austin and Jessica stood up straight, gave me the prettiest smile and nailed the pose! I had to laugh so much because of how amazingly fast they reacted! So worth it!
Afterwards, we all went out to get ice cream at a local "Eisdiele" and of course the session didn't stop there!
I am so happy with every picture we created together. It was such a pleasure and honor, getting to hang out and work with this amazing and inspiring family of soon to be 4!
Oh and if you're wondering why this post is called "Utz Session, Part 1" then stay tuned.
Because Jessica and I got a lot more up our sleeves!
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