Jenn Do, Maternity Session- Oak Harbor, WA. Maternity Photographer

Oh my goodness it's been a long time since I've blogged! The baby inside the beautiful belly pictured below is now about 8 months old, so it's safe to say I'm a bit behind. Not without a very good reason, but I'll get to that in another post. Right now it's all about my dear friend Jenn and her glowing beauty in her maternity photos. 

This session will always be near and dear to my heart for two reasons: 1-Jenn was the first friend I made when we moved to Illinois, and my son and her first daughter spent the first three years of their lives together. 2-In this session, Jenn is carrying her Rainbow Baby, and we tried to pay tribute to that while also celebrating the life growing inside. 

I always revel in the beauty of my maternity clients while I have them in front of my lens, but this time the true amazement happened later when I uploaded the photos onto my computer to begin editing. I was scrolling through the hundreds of photos I had taken, trying to decide which to edit, when I noticed something I hadn't seen before in all my time behind the camera: A natural rainbow sun flare! On Jenns belly! Now I mentioned this is Jenns rainbow baby, right? I was immediately moved to tears. It was like God was there, blessing this mother and child, and letting her know that the baby they lost is safe with Him. 

What do Photographers do when it's 60 degrees in February?

We will do just about anything to get out and shoot! Including arrange a "shootout". This is when a photographer will find a model, style the shoot, and invite other photographers in the area to join in the fun. The model gets photos from each photographer for her time, and the photographers get new work for their portfolio. Win win! 

Last night was my first time attending a shootout, and I really hope it won't be my last. It was so great to get together, collaborate, and learn.  There were photographers there with all different skill levels, and the atmosphere was one of camaraderie, and friendship. All in all a very lovely experience :) 

P.S. Check out our gorgeous model! This is baby number 5 for her, can you believe it!? 

The Do family are expecting!!!

One of my very favorite parts of my job is I get the pleasure of capturing treasured memories for my dear friends. It is an honor to see someone I hold so close to my heart evolve and change as life presents new and exciting adventures. 

The first time I met Jenn, she was glowing, pregnant, and beautiful, while I was deep in the throes of new motherhood. We were attending a 4th of July BBQ, my son was 1 month old, and had chosen this day to educate me on what a "Blowout" was.

A few days later, while attempting to be a good wife and cook dinner, my son was having none of it. Crying and screaming, and I was losing my mind. A quick text to Jenn and she was at my door. She held my baby, played with him, and sang him "Apples and Bananas" while I cooked dinner. And a true friendship was born...

We've been there for each other through new motherhood, the extremely demanding jobs of our husbands, date nights, and play dates. We've been each others workout buddy, drinking buddy, babysitter, and therapist. Even though the Navy will take us in separate directions, I know we will always be friends.

Now they are growing their family, and I couldn't be happier for them!