Forrest Goddess Maternity Session with Avyanna + Phoenix

Avyanna and Phoenix were blessed with their little “blueberry” to be born this November. When we chatted about locations for the maternity photo shoot they knew exactly where they wanted it to be; Big Ivy Pisgah National Forrest. It was a magical place that they felt a strong connection to. So Big Ivy we went!

The mossy rocks and cascading river creating little mini falls and pools, and the beautiful trees created a sunlit canopy with shafts of light breaking through. In fact when we got there, one beam was lighting up a large rock right in the middle of the river. I urged them to jump in quickly so we could grab a few shots while the beam was still present. We started shooting, and about 15 photos in, the beam disappeared behind the mountain in the distance, and all that was left was the memory of it’s beauty. Thanks beam of light, for visiting us even for that one,short moment.

It wasn’t a challenge to get Avyanna and Phoenix to cuddle and love each other. It was such a beautiful day and such a precious moment. Just swimming in a sea of endless love for each other. And for an unexpected funny moment, I had climbed up on a rock and had a little fight with a small bush trying to get into just the right position. After getting some amazing pics of them they looked up and started laughing. Avyanna said she had to take a picture of me with my phone so I could see for myself. See for yourself how the foliage and I had a little cuddle moment, LOL. Whatever has to be done to get the photo, right?

Here’s to the future day when you bring little Blueberry there to frolic in the river and experience the joy with all three of you.

Jamie + Rob with Baby Kyllian - Revisiting Memories at Fletcher Park

My favorite thing in my profession is that I get to re-visit with people throughout their lives. I get to be there to witness and capture some of their greatest moments. Jamie and Rob worked with me as their wedding photographer back in 2017. And now, two years later, I am photographing their maternity session with baby and family photos to come. It almost feels like I just saw them yesterday! Time passes so quickly.

It’s such a beautiful moment to capture a little one while they’re still with mom, nestled inside and just waiting to spring forth. And it’s super important to schedule maternity sessions early! LOL. It has happened more times than I can count that the maternity session never happened because baby came early. And baby Ky was no exception.

We went back to Fletcher Park where we had done the engagement session. It was fun to revisit those memories and do another river shoot just like their previous one. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the same exact location. It had rained A LOT and the river was so high and fast it would have been impossible. But through exploration we found a little side river that was almost the same, BUT SAFE! One shouldn’t endanger their couples during their maternity session.

Can’t wait to meet baby Kyliian, or baby Ky, at our session next week. I need my baby fix :) Congrats to these amazing parents as they begin their next life journey together.

 
Here’s a look back at our engagement session from 2017.  This specific river spot was full of rushing, brown water from storms, however we lucked out with a side river, and we accomplished our goal!  Who knows, maybe we’ll have to bring baby Ky here too!

Here’s a look back at our engagement session from 2017. This specific river spot was full of rushing, brown water from storms, however we lucked out with a side river, and we accomplished our goal! Who knows, maybe we’ll have to bring baby Ky here too!

 

Candice and Charlie Maternity Session- The Hunt For Flowers & Ferns

Candice and Charlie are some of my favorite clients and people!  From head shots, to wedding photography, to maternity photo shoots, and soon....baby photography!  I've photographed their lives and watched as it's all progressed.  I feel so honored to have been there for these momentous occasions and captured it for them to relive forever.

Candice knew she wanted flowers and ferns.  Having pre-hiked Pink Beds in Pisgah and seeing field upon field of wild flowers and sunflowers, we planned to go there the following week.  Unfortunately in that time all the flowers got murdered!  Actually mowed down, you could see nothing but empty, mowed fields.  It was odd!  We continued hiking for about an hour finding some ferns and made the best of the natural forest. 

Just so happened that it's sunflower season at Biltmore!  So when I saw these amazing fields during a run I knew we had to do a whole new shoot just for fun.  I just knew she wanted flowers, especially sunflowers for her vision.  And so we got our flowers, finally.

The world is about to be + 2 amazing, caring and super loving parents and +1 lucky baby boy.  I can't wait to meet him.  Congratulations on your amazing next chapter you two! 

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We finally found a small patch of ferns that was just perfect for this forest mother

We finally found a small patch of ferns that was just perfect for this forest mother

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