Portraiture

Quail Hollow Ranch maternity session – Santa Cruz and San Jose maternity and family photographer

A few months back, I fulfilled a photography trade with Lisa (of Lisa Jo Photography) and her family. I had been admiring her work and was happy to meet her and have her take photos of our family, also.

When I first contacted her, she let me know she was pregnant and would be grateful to have some maternity photos taken. I LOVE baby bellies. To me there is nothing more beautiful than a momma-to-be. Documenting motherhood and families at all levels is what drives me to pursue photography as a career.

We settled on Quail Hollow Ranch in Felton as our location. I live nearby, but Lisa had also never been there and was excited to explore somewhere new. I immediately got us a little lost, walking through a mucky field, but not far up the way we found some beautiful natural light.LS1

Lisa is such a light herself, with a bubbly smile and calm warmth. I had only met her once previously, when she took our family photos the month prior, and I was glad to spend more time with her and to meet her husband and daughter.

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Lisa is also adventurous and thought little of my asking if she would climb this tree!

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She posed there for a little bit, then her husband and daughter came in, then we let her little one run around for a moment while we got some photos of just Lisa and her husband. It was just a little bit adorable. Just a little bit.

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During my family’s portrait session, Lisa and I conversed about our love of sunflare. I’m a self-diagnosed flare addict, so I had to incorporate some of that rainbow light into her photos.LS5

We took a few more solo shots while Lisa’s husband and daughter played nearby, then we walked a bit more and took a few family shots and playful captures.

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Lisa also loves black-and-whites, so I had to include at least one image in black and white! I am typically happy to convert any image to black and white, but I primarily work in color unless an image really speaks to me in monochrome.

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Even during maternity sessions, if little ones are involved, I will gladly and eagerly do my best to capture them in their element. Children being children is such a joyful sight.

Her daughter held onto this little shovel during nearly the entirety of our session. Her parents were happy to let her play with it — they said these images would be more true to who she was at this point in her life. I love that way of thinking.LS8

We took a few photos of just momma and her littles, one inside the belly and one out. Then Lisa changed outfits and we took more mom and kiddos photos.

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This lacy see-through dress was so stunning. I was glad to be able to capture Lisa’s shape through its light lines.

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We took a few more images in that dress, then came down toward the ranch house, and Lisa changed again.

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I laid out this crocheted blanket I had found recently and we took some more solo posed portraits, focusing on Lisa’s pregnant belly and the rich wine color of her dress.

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Finally, we took a few more posed family shots in those last patient moments before we knew Lisa’s daughter was ready for the session to be over. We had such a fun outing through the trees and field. To me, this is how a full session should be — relaxed, slowly paced, moving where we find inspiration and beautiful light.

Thank you, Lisa, for letting me photograph you at this beautiful time in your life!

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