Amy's Maternity Session: Strength and Grace

I had the pleasure of meeting Amy and Chris recently for a maternity session at their gorgeous home.  The house was full of light, love and laughs, and I cannot wait to go back to photograph their sweet baby girl.

 

Doesn't she look fabulous??  Amy just radiated such a peaceful strength the entire evening, and I was so impressed by her confidence.

This little fluffy sweetheart was just begging me to photograph him too.  I still wonder if he has any idea what he's in for, in just a few short weeks.  ;)  Oh how life will change.

The most difficult part about this photo shoot, to be honest, was just narrowing down the final images for the gallery.  It was so hard to choose!  There are so many dramatic and wonderful images from our evening together.  I am once again so grateful to be able to do this work, and for the opportunity to work with such amazing families time and time again.

Chris and Amy, big hugs to you!  I am looking so forward to meeting your sweet girl in the coming weeks.

xo, Stacey

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I spent a recent morning with the sweetest couple ~ who are going to make fantastic parents very soon. billie027

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One of the most exciting things about their pregnancy is that they're waiting to find out the gender of the baby until he or she is born.  I LOVE THAT!  (Granted, I didn't have the courage ~ nor the capacity to keep from planning every detail ~ to be surprised with either of my own pregnancies, which might make their decision all the more appealing to me!)  ;)

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They are already amazing parents to three (enormous) four-legged "babies", one of whom I was able to meet at the session.  She was precious, and was so very attached to her owners while the other two dogs were off playing at doggie daycare (I think she was happy to have all the attention to herself!).  In fact, she could barely stay away from her mommy while we were shooting, as you can see below...

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...so I indulged her a little.  :)  Every single time I'd turn my camera away, she'd put her paw on my arm as if to say, "Hey, I'm still here, and I'm still photogenic!"  Sweet girl.

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Billie and Doug, I hope you both enjoy your sneak peek!  I've got lots more to show you, and your entire gallery will be ready in just a bit.  I can't wait to meet your new little one in a few weeks!  xo

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steps They were THE sweetest couple.  And so much fun to work with.  Lacy and Ryan met me in downtown Tampa for their maternity portrait session.  Even in the sweltering morning heat and humidity, they were such troopers!  And amazingly sweet to each other.  I can't even begin to imagine how darling their baby boy is going to be.  Very blessed, that's for sure!  Take a look at some of my favorite images from their day!

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Doesn't she have the most perfect, round little tummy?  And since they were up for anything, we took full advantage of the city!  From the streets themselves.....

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to the Tampa theatre...

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and the crumbling brick walls of downtown....

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Love her heart!  Remember, I know all too well what it's like to be VERY pregnant in June, in Florida, where the humidity is even more of a nuisance to us expectant Mamas.  So a huge THANK YOU to Lacy, for being so easy to photograph that day!  You were amazing!  I can't wait to reveal your entire image gallery, so in the meantime I hope you and Ryan love your sneak peek!

On a more personal note, I've just said goodbye to the last visiting family member (until next month, that is!).  I'm disappointed... we love company!  And we miss them all terribly already.  (Chris's Mom, my parents, and my middle sister have been in town for the past two-three weeks.)  I've actually had quite a few sessions, even with having company here, so I've got lots of blogging to catch up on this week!  Not to mention Lila Kate's FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!  I am just itching to share those with y'all.

More tomorrow!!