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Marquita and her boys are awaiting the arrival of their sweet little girl I love everything about this session. Perfect color and tone and sunlight. can't wait to meet the little one!
Thanks for coming out Marquita!
When it comes to boy things Ashley is basically an expert. With boyfriend Devin and older boys Princeton & Liam in tow she showed up to her maternity session like the bell of the ball. I was so excited that after months of rain we had a gorgeous sunny day for this beautiful maternity session.
Ashley is a very talented vlogger, with over 4 million views worldwide, primarily focusing on natural hair tutorials. You can check some of her awesome videos out here
Her beautiful boys were lively and playful and just adorable as ever in their fall coordinated outfits by GAP
Princeton was so handsome and super helpful. Liam, although shy at first came around after a while and gave me some yummy smiles and I just melted
Ashley's maternity gown was crafted by none other than Valerie Best at Sewtrendy Accessories
Special thanks to Shagari over at Mosaic by MG for assisting & videography.
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Happy Hump day guys! So I posted one of these photos a couple weeks back and it went absolutely viral and I was so pleased! Sareda is such a sweet, down to earth mama and she absolutely rocked this session.
I met Sareda years ago at LSU and admired her beauty and style for so long. I was so pleased to be able to capture her gorgeous maternity portraits. She selected her own maternity gown and color from Valerie over at Sewtrendy and it was definitely a great choice! We had LOTS of rain as most of you know so the setting for the session was a bit dramatic, however I think it was perfect for this look!
Baby Santana was delivered last week and will be in the studio this Friday! I look forward to sharing more gorgeous photos with you all!
Sareda is a hair/beauty blogger and her YouTube channel can be found here https://www.youtube.com/c/rerefined1
Oh I love when the sun smiles on us. This absolutely gorgeous couple and I enjoyed a beautifully golden day in New Orleans. Could not have asked for a lovelier afternoon to capture their gorgeous maternity portraits.
Deon & Elvis were sweet & gracious and so loving. Couldn't ask for a better combination.
9 years ago I was 22. I was in college, I was happy and working and felt whole. I had been in Louisiana just a few months shy of two years when I discovered I was pregnant. I found out very early on, four weeks in. I was sick, so sick. I experienced a myriad of feelings, excitement, nervousness, disbelief, everything I felt any woman, at any age would feel upon this big discovery. But my primary feeling was anxiousness. I knew I'd have to tell my parents & I knew they wouldn't be happy.
Upon divulging my new, big secret to my family, I felt such a sense of shame. It was suffocating how much shame I felt. There was no celebration; there were no plans being made for a baby shower. There were no mom/daughter shopping dates for little person things, there were no dad-to-be and grandpa putting cribs together, and there were no photos.
There were no photos......
If anything haunts me, it is that I did not document my pregnancy. I didn't get dressed up and put on a gown, get my hair and make-up done and traipse in front of a camera to have such a beautiful and special time captured. I was so ashamed of being young, black, unwed & pregnant. Was there anything worse? If there was, I didn't know it. I hid in my room for most of my pregnancy and watched tv. Never even dreaming of documenting such a shameful event. So I didn't. And it is one of the single regretful decisions I ever made.
You may be wondering why nine years later I am still dwelling on the photos that never were. Today I stumbled across a photo on Facebook that brought everything flooding back. An LSU student, I have no idea who she was, asked my sister if she thought I would be interested in taking a couple of photos. I had no idea what it was for other than it had something to do with twins and pregnancy.
They're not the best quality, but I am so thankful for my sister and that LSU student. She captured something for me that I was not brave enough to do for myself. Aside from these and a few other cell phone images, I have no documentation of my pregnancy.
Thus my love for maternity portraiture arises. If I had to select one singe part of my career as a photographer that I love best it would hands down be capturing the beauty and essence of an expecting mother. I am completely enamored by the strength and resilience of pregnant women to carry and birth beautiful beings with such grace. I love being a witness to the growth and am honored each time I am asked to capture such an experience.
Here I am, a proud, brazen mother of a brave & bold 8 year old. I may not have had my photos & my decision to have no more children may prevent me from ever doing so, but I have dedicated my career to making sure that any woman who wants to document her pregnancy can do so beautifully and affordably without shame.
Seems like just a short bit ago I was taking Ashley & Justin's 1st anniversary portraits and now they're expecting their baby girl in just two short weeks! Eek!
I really adore this sweet, young couple. We laugh and explore and they will do just about anything to get a great shot. I definitely appreciate that in clients. Ashley & Justin are full of love and life and I am so excited to capture their birth story next month!
See you soon baby Smith! -Sasha
mua: courtney foulds
gown: sewtrendy accessories