seattle maternity photographer

Baby Emma | Seattle newborn photographer

On one of the last sunny mornings of our beautiful fall, I met with the Bethards family to document one of their last days as a family of three. Days of excitement, anticipation, joy, and perhaps a little anxiousness about the big changes to come. Katrina was positively radiant, clearly; and Audrey was full of the big emotions of a 21-month-old that were forgotten after a quick Snapchat interlude. 

A few weeks later, little Emma arrived, and their beautiful family was complete. 

2017 in the rearview | Seattle family photographer

What a year. As I went through all of my pictures from 2017 to pick out a few favorites for this post, I was reminded of all of the families I met, the time we spent together, and the beautiful memories we shared. 

What a gift it is, to be invited into your lives to capture these moments. It is my pleasure. 

Haynes Maternity | Seattle maternity photographer

Those last days before adding another member to your family, such a sweet time of anticipation. Soaking up every minute as just the three of you, wondering how things will be different once another person joins the family. Wondering how your heart will stretch to love another baby just as much as you love the first. Wondering what life will be like back in newbornland and how you'll ever survive those sleepless nights. 

Those last long days full of hope and excitement, anxiousness and love.

And then, before you know it, she will be here, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without her. 

Baby Bennett

I typically shoot maternity sessions outside at some beautiful and scenic location in Seattle, but I love the intimacy that shines through the pictures from this at home maternity shoot. Just Brian, Mischell, their two shibas, and a few of Mischell's pregnancy obsessions: strawberry ice cream and cinnamon rolls. 

And later, after Bennett made his debut, it was fun to shoot his newborn pictures in the same spaces that we had worked just a few weeks earlier when he was still on the inside. 

Another thing that clearly comes across in these pictures? Brian and Mischell's love for each other and their sweet baby boy.