There’s almost nothing better on a warm summer evening than being a part of an evening maternity session.  This adorable couple is expecting their first, and it was such a delight capturing this special moment.  I shot this session at Forest Park, which is the perfect place for a young couple in love to celebrate their soon arriving little one.  They are extremely excited and it would be hard not to be excited for them.  Mom is simply glowing and Dad is so proud.  I was able to take advantage of some of the gorgeous scenery Forest Park offers, and of course that beautiful baby bump!

Mom and Dad enjoyed some tender moments together, and then I got some great shots of Mom.  She looked stunning in a beautiful maternity dress.  And of course, it looks so great against some of the beautiful landscape of the park.

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You will probably remember Avery from the photos I took at his Fresh 48.  It was such a pleasure to also be able to capture his newborn photos, and get some more Avery snuggles!  Avery is pure sweetness, and it was so heartwarming to see the love this family shares for their new addition.  I was able to take some great pictures of this sleepy little cutie all cozy and warm.  Also, isn’t his big sister adorable?  I love the way she’s already loving on her new baby brother. She clearly has a spot in her heart already for him, and it was so sweet to catch a tender moment between them.  I was also glad to capture some squishy baby fingers and toes, which is always a favorite of mine!

I’m looking at you, world!

Brother and sister feet…

Sleepy baby!

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It’s always a blessing to shoot a maternity session, and these summer maternity photos were no exception.  This young couple is so in love, and very excited about the upcoming addition to their family.  So I was glad to be able to capture that for them in this session.  This mommy-to-be is just glowing, and it was amazing to watch those tender moments unfold between these two.

We met up at SIUE, which features some great outdoor areas with plenty of natural lighting. It was easy to find a secluded spot, and even easier to capture the joy these two share over this pregnancy.  Also, it’s a location with plenty of color.  That looks even more lovely when you are there to celebrate the soon coming arrival of a new little one into the world!

Sharing a secret…

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This is one of my favorite families to photograph, not just because they are so great but also because they are long-time friends.  It was so fun to be able to capture them in this urban family session, in my own hometown of Edwardsville.  (If you look close, you can see the Wildey Theatre in the background.)  They are a wonderful family, loving and always up for a little craziness!  I was able to catch some of that silliness, and also a lot of the tenderness they share.  It’s nice to see siblings who love each other and love their parents so much.

We also visited one of my favorite places, Annie’s Frozen Custard.  Annie’s is always a great way to cap off a session.  However, as you can see, mixing it with a little guy can lead to messiness.  I had such a wonderful time with this group and can’t wait for our next session.

Craziness ensues!

Such a beautiful girl!

I love his willingness to be so silly!

I think I’m going to call this one “The Thinker.”

Mommy and her babies…

You can clearly see what I meant about the messiness…

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