This beautiful mother-to-be is my niece. She is more like a sister than a niece, & I love her immensly. When she came out to California to visit a couple months ago, she asked if I would take some maternity pictures of her. Let's just say I was very nervous to try this out because I'd only ever taken candid shots of my family & friends.
The day that she was scheduled to leave, we rushed out the door to some nearby nature trails & played around for a bit. I learned something pivotal that day - I loved taking pictures of others besides my own kids (She actually did what I asked her to!). This first ever photo shoot of a first-time-mom was the turning point in my decision to take my photography more seriously. I'm so glad I was brave enough to say yes when given the opportunity to take photographs of this amazing girl. It certainly didn't hurt that she's super photogenic & a blast to be around. Love you Lyssie!