History is a wonderful thing when you're a photographer! When you get that message or that call from a previous client, saying they want to work with you again, and your heart kinda just soars for a minute. Jake and Rachel and I have some history. in 2018, Rachel's sister got married, and that just so happened to be the first wedding I shot, working as someone else's second shooter. She was married during a very snowy winter, and their family was so sweet, I found myself unable to ever forget them. Well, as it turns out, they didn't forget me either. Without realizing it until their first meeting with me, Rachel had hired her sister's wedding photographer! I was so pleasantly surprised! Not only was it a joy to catch up with them about everything, but I got to meet Jake, the man Rachel was going to marry. They were and still are perfect for each other, and I loved capturing their love on their wedding day.
Fast-forward to a year later, they are expecting their first child. A baby girl! And, they needed someone to take the maternity photos!
The session was so fun! Shot in John A. Finch Arboretum in Spokane, WA, we wandered all over the place. I had a few "absolutes" from the expectant parents, but otherwise it was complete creative liberty! From blossoming fruit trees to grassy yards and park benches, I took them all over. Halfway through our shoot, I noticed my couple was wearing their wedding colors. Soft pink and navy blue! When I said something to them they laughed and said, "I hadn't even realized! You know what's even crazier? I don't even really like the color pink", she laughed again, "I just liked that we could find things in those colors!".
The "Must Haves"
While they didn't have many "musts" for this session, Jake and Rachel put a lot of emphasis on what was most important to them. For one, there had been a card malfunction with my second shooter's memory card and he lost the photos of their rings. When given the opportunity to work with them again, I made sure to ask them if this was something they'd like to have re-done. "YES PLEASE!" was their prompt response.
The other big thing, for Rachel especially, was that she could stand in the water for at least one photo.
Well, the water was freezing, but the mother was determined! With her husband's hand to hold her up, she braved the ICE COLD early May water, and stood in the creek. I ran to the bridge and got some beautiful portraits! she almost fell twice, but that was mostly because her toes "was froze" and she felt a little wobbly from laughter.
I was so grateful for the opportunity to work with them again in this next expectant stage of life! The photos were some of my favorite of the season, and the couple holds a special place in my heart. I am so excited to help them with their newborn photos once baby girl arrives!
Until next time, my friends!