A few weeks ago I got together with the beautiful Carlmark family to do Part I of their maternity session for baby #3. There is a massive almond tree in a vacant lot here in West Sacramento that I hadn't noticed until this year! (We've been living here for almost 6 years, so I have no excuse!) When I reached out to Courtney to do some fall photos for Andrew and I (cause she's a super talented photographer!), she proposed a trade. And this session was what I owed her for the photos she did for us.
I gotta be real for a moment... this is probably one of my all time favorite maternity sessions! Yes, I was a little spoiled working with another photographer. For example, she knew prompts already and I didn't have to do as much guiding on that. And she knew how to move her dress around and how to "look off into the distance" without feeling awkward. But those aren't the things that made it one of my favorites... The lighting, the spot, the colors... and what she wore for the second half to show off her belly henna! And then the lighting and colors for those shots too! Overall, it was so rewarding to produce such beautiful images for another photographer. Because believe me, I know that it can be some big shoes to fill! :P
I'll be blogging some more almond blossom minis over the next few days. But be sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 of the Calmark maternity session. We did an in-home session a few days later while she still had her belly henna and I love those photos as much as these!
p.s. If you're wondering, YES I LOVE BARTER SESSIONS! I currently barter with my friend and hair stylist! In the past, I've traded with a cleaning service provider and a handyman. If you're interested in bartering, please reach out to me to see if we'd be a good fit!