In honor of this gorgeous mama-to-be surpassing her due date by a FULL WEEK, I wanted to get this amazing snowy Tahoe maternity session up on the blog!
(It’ll give you something to read when you go into labor Amanda! lol)
Amanda and I met at a bridal show in Berkeley in February. I know her fiance through some other friends so when she bounded up to me belly first at the wedding show I knew exactly who she was and I was ecstatic to finally meet her in person! We talked a lot about what they wanted from their photos and ultimately decided that the one thing that HAD to have was snow. Luckily I was already Tahoe bound near the end of February so we made some plans and were off to the races shortly after!
After avoiding deadly driveway ice (which nearly took Andrew out in Stooge-worthy comedic glory) and three-foot-deep pockets in the snow (which I promptly sunk right into) we made it to a beautiful grove of trees to shoot.
Amanda was worried about how she looked, like a lot of nearly new moms with bodies they don’t feel quite at home in, but I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful model if I tried. She was calm and relaxed, enough so that she let me snap some subtle sexy shots between outfits in the 28-degree chill. She was an absolute rockstar! All the while Andrew (a photographer, by the way) was looking at the back of my camera “ooh-in” and “ahh-ing” over my captures of his wifey in all her motherly glory. I could not have dreamt up a more perfect shoot!
Of course, not every photo turns out the way you want it, but this series of images from an attempted hair flip added an extra layer of hilarity and joy to their photos.
In the end, the sun went down right behind this big beautiful pine tree, and soon after this popsicle-frozen mama bear was whisked away by dad to the warmth of their Tahoe cabin for some relaxation after an incredible shoot.
Congratulations to Amanda and Andrew, I can’t wait to meet Calliope! Cheers! <3