Maternity portraits are something that I love to see but rarely get the chance to shoot. By the time that I had discovered that any of my girlfriends were expecting, we were already living in different states, so I had missed that opportunity to document them.
But as luck would have it, I was recently contacted by Ella to shoot her maternity photos a few weeks ago.
The first time that Ella and I had chatted was on the phone. We were tossing ideas back and forth about what she wanted her shoot to be, along with outfits, hair, makeup--all of that fun girl stuff.
We had been planning for almost two weeks I think-trying to find the perfect spot, day, and lighting. But we kept running into obstacles trying to get this shoot off of the ground.
First it was the weather. We were cursed by rainstorms. Then the day of the shoot, our location was not ready. Originally we had planned on shooting at the Lyndale Rose Gardens in Minneapolis. But the day of the shoot I had arrived early to find that there were no roses in the rose garden....
Instead, flowerless dirt mounds.
Luckily, there was another garden across the way. The Lyndale Park Peace Garden. At first I was skeptical since we had been planning Ella's outfit and style around the roses. And there weren't any roses or really any kind of flower in the Peace Garden. Then to top it all off, it was extremely sunny. Not ideal for what we were going for. But sometimes you just have to work with the circumstances that you're handed in these situations.
Especially when we were on a literal time crunch. Ella was getting pretty close to her due date.
All in all, the day ended up having perfect weather. We were able to capture a lot of great shots and everything worked out. Ella and Moe are such a fun, laid back couple. They were honestly one of my favorite to shoot. And poor Ella dealt with uncomfortable (yet fashionable) shoes all for the sake of the photos..yet I'm not really sure that we even captured many displaying her feet.