Her husband thanked me like twenty times while I was there capturing these images! His wife never really wanted to do maternity shots. The truth is that many women opt not to get them done. I totally get that, sitting here three children later, with only a handful of not-so-flattering-snapshots to show for it. To be perfectly honest, I never really thought about taking professional maternity/prenatal shots of myself… why would I want to remember myself looking like a beached whale? Now I am laughing because that came out of the same mouth who says every pregnant woman looks amazingly gorgeous with her round bump. There is nothing more beautiful than the miracle of conceiving and growing a baby, except actually birthing the baby and meeting her for the first time. I have studied what I actually think would make a great pregnant image. The more I do, I realize that I can capture that time in a woman’s life in my unique Elyse Cardon style. Photo journalistic? maybe. True-life? definitely, but I can edit out the stretch marks if you like-lol. Fresh, honest, vibrant and meaningful? – yes, yes, yes and YES! I feel strongly about showing a mom-to-be what we ALL see when we look at her. I realize that it is important to me as a professional children and family photographer to capture maternity sessions… all the while, in my clothing-catalog, fun and simple sort of way. So of course, I needed a model or two to show off the beautiful visions in my head. My good friend thankfully, was able to make it happen for me. She is so excited to be expecting a baby girl, after being slightly out-numbered in their home for two years now. She also happens to loovvvvve the color pink. This baby girl will be kickin’ it in the coolest room in Virginia Beach… with the best wallpaper (no it is not a fancy backdrop- i wish!) I am so looking forward to meeting her. I hope they don’t leave it totally up to big brother to pick out a name from the baby books.