As much of Minnesota enjoys record highs today, it seemed like a perfect time to look back at one of my favorite winter photo sessions from this year. I like to photograph outdoors in all seasons. It's fun to get out and work in all sorts of environments, even when it's freezing cold outside. It just so happened that the 2011-2012 winter here was pretty darn mild, though. So much, in fact, that Jason's and Lisa's maternity photo session ended up happening very close to the birth of their daughter. The reason? They wanted snow.
I like to schedule maternity photo sessions at about 35 weeks. That way, the mama has the curvy belly she likes for dramatic compositions, without the session being so close to the due date that we all end up in the delivery room.
With Lisa estimating her delivery to be in late-January or early-February, we decided to play on the winter theme. With five weeks out, we figured there would be plenty of snow on the ground and frigid temperatures to boot. We were wrong.
Instead, Minnesota was covered in a brown, desolate landscape due to the sissy winter we were having. Finally, as Lisa approached 38 weeks, the snow finally fell - hurray! Jason, Lisa and I made plans to immediately get together for their outdoor maternity session.
We chose the trails and bandshell surrounding Lake Harriet near the couple's new Minneapolis home. Despite the (finally) dipping mercury and our numb fingers we were able to create some beautiful images.
You can see just how much Jason and Lisa love their little baby girl even before she was born. I loved the pictures so much that I decided this blog post needed a classic layout. I think the images were too timeless to squeeze into a modern, magazine-type layout. But I want to know what you think.
Let me know what works, what doesn't work, what you like and what could be improved upon with these maternity pictures. Feel free to comment below. And if you like what you see here, please use those cute little sharing icons at the foot of this post (You know, where you see the neon-green "+" sign and the word "MORE.") That would be awesome. Thanks for viewing!