Want to kick the winter blues? How about a snowy white maternity session in Richmond Va with a funny, outgoing and radiant soon- to-be mama of two? It was Monday night and I was lying like a slug on the couch mentally preparing myself for the "huge" snow storm that would surely be bringing at least 5 inches of snow shutting down schools for the entire week. That's when I came across a post, in one of the many photography pages I follow, asking if anyone wanted to play in the snow with a 35 week pregnant lady whom you've never met. Um, yes please! What? This doesn't sound like a smashing good time to you? Stay with me here, by the end of this blog post you will be seeing things my way. I promise.
I quickly emailed Emily and said, "if I can get out of my driveway I'm in". One thing I do not have in my portfolio is a winter maternity session and it's not every day in Richmond (thankfully) that you have the opportunity to make this happen. Unfortunately, on Tuesday morning I couldn't get out of my driveway. I really wanted to take these maternity winter pictures though, so we planned to try for Wednesday. The snow wasn't going anywhere and as long as Emily didn't have her baby before then we were good.
On Wednesday, thanks to my amazing hubby for shoveling the driveway, I made it out and over to Emily's. Emily and I had never met before (so I thought) and this really was going to be an adventure. I'm all about adventures good or bad. Turns out we actually did meet once (sort of) and I even had a picture of her to prove it. Emily's business is not actually photography, although she is dedicated to improving her skills in the area for her actual passion and business. Emily Hudspeth is a hair & makeup artist and a hugely successful and talented one at that. We started emailing Monday night and I realized I had met Emily once at the Katelyn James Workshop Experience (which was amazing by the way). A stylized shoot is always included and Emily does the hair & makeup for almost all of them. I searched back through the blog post I wrote about the experience and found a picture of a woman doing the bride's hair, sent it to Emily and asked if it was her. It was.
I truly believe everything happens for a reason and it was no coincidence that I happened to see Emily's post, happened to be available, and happened to have already met Emily before (well sort of). I knew the moment Emily opened her door to yell out to me, as I backed up into her very steep driveway, Emily dressed in full hair and makeup wearing nothing but a hot pink fuzzy robe (35 weeks preggers) that we were going to hit it off and we did. This session was a bit of a challenge (and I love challenges) because we did the entire shoot in Emily's backyard (no she doesn't live in the country). She lives in a developement in Shortpump. I had to make it look like we were at a park or field with very light limited space and I think it was accomplished. Without further ado meet Emily and you will understand why playing in the snow, with a 35 week pregnant lady, really is a good time!