mamma to be

First off, let's just say... the girl looks amazing pregnant. I was blown away by the fact that, even though she is eight+ months along, she managed to look gorgeous, and continue smiling, laughing and enjoying herself during our shoot. To be honest, I don't know how many uber-pregnant ladies love being told to stand, sit, stand, sit, lie on your back, roll over, lean back, close your eyes, sit cross-legged, stand, sit... now LOOK HAPPY! This is Bethany, and we have been friends since we were 14. We met at a birthday party, bonded over a rousing game of BS (cards), and proceeded to stay up insanely late that night talking and giggling, like any good 14 year old girls. We've always prided ourselves on being ridiculously creative together... or maybe just ridiculous and somewhat creative. Our shining moments included rewriting the lyrics to "O Holy Night" ("O Holy Cow"), starting a band of pirates, and writing, directing and filming painfully hilarious (or just painful and barely hilarious) movies.

It has been wonderful watching Bethany grow from an awkward teenager (still, she managed to be less awkward than the rest of us) into an incredible woman and soon to be mamma. I had the honor of photographing her wedding four years ago, just when I was getting into portrait photography. Beth and Chris took such a chance on me, someone who had never photographed a wedding before, and I couldn't be more thankful that they did. The photos were pretty technically terrible, but they loved them, so here's to forgiveness.

I was honored once more when Beth and Chris asked me to shoot maternity photos for them. I jumped at the chance, and loved every second of our time together.

Can't wait to meet and photograph baby Hudson!