This was one of my favorite sessions to date. Not because it was a cool location, because it was. But because of who I was photographing. When my beautiful goddaughter told me she was having a baby, I knew that I needed to see her and do a maternity session. She lives in Southern California and being in Washington I knew that it would be a trip to look forward to.
Planning the Trip South
When my family and I started thinking about spring break I wanted to plan a trip south. We decided to head to Vegas and see the family. As soon as that was planned I got in touch with Cami and her mom, Julee, to start making plans. Cami and Julee only live about four hours from Vegas. Our trip was planned and the session was booked.
Cami was just over half way through her pregnancy and had the cutest little baby bump but I knew that we could make it work. She was beautiful before she got pregnant and even more so now. Prior to leaving Washington, Cami looked over my gown gallery and I brought a few with me for her to wear. She picked a couple and I may have brought a couple of extra ones I thought would look good.
We had decided to head out to a Ghost Town about 45 minutes outside of Vegas. And if you have ever been to Vegas you know there isn’t much once you leave the Vegas city limits. Desert and more desert as far as the eye can see. But once we got there I was in awe. It was this awesome little abandoned town with rusty old cars and old wooden structures everywhere. We definitely had to watch for sticker bushes and snakes. And if you know me personally, I do NOT like snakes. They scare the beejeesus out of me.
Fighting the Elements
Besides having to be alert for snakes, we had to fight the heat and the wind. Every time I raised my camera to my face (which was often) a massive gust of wind would blow her hair and dress all over. But we ended up working with the direction of the wind and found some great spots to shoot.
Thankful for Helpers
Thankfully I had some help with the gown tossing and snake watching. Cami’s mom, Julee, and aunt, Wendy, along with my friend Jen were all along for the shoot. My closest friends and my beloved goddaughter made for a really great day and one of the best sessions ever. We had so many laughs. Have you ever tried tossing a gown train in a windstorm? No? Well give it a try and let me know how it goes. LOL
Check out some of my favorite images from our session. And I warn you, I may be over sharing here.
If you are thinking of booking a maternity session, I’d love to chat. You can reach me HERE.