I have had the honor of capturing this wonderful family twice in one year! First with a maternity session after mom had to spend quite a bit of time on bed rest. The second to document their newborn baby (#3!) in their home (see next post).
When you already have children, maternity shoots really become family sessions with an emphasis on mommy and her belly. Sometimes getting mom alone can be a challenge, particularly when the older child becomes very attached to mom and this “new” situation. The key to a successful session is to gain the trust of the child, engage her throughout the process. I often show children (and parents for that matter) the back of my camera to let them see how the pictures are turning out. In this case, I let the older child help direct and set up shots – I involved her. These children are such sweethearts. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to capture them. Enjoy!