I cannot quite put into words how excited I was to capture this adorable Londonderry family for their maternity photos. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of planning their maternity photos and getting to know Erin and Brendan, and their gorgeous daughter, Arianna. When we first met to discuss exactly what they were looking for from this maternity session, I immediately fell in love with this family and we instantly clicked! Erin and I had fun picking out her outfits for the session, which as you will agree, were stunning on her. We went into small details like choosing a complimentary headpiece that would work with both dress choices, arranging hair and makeup services for her in her home and also a gorgeous wildflower bouquet from Harrington Flowers of Londonderry.
When it came to choosing the location for their maternity photos, Erin and Brendan had no hesitation in asking for Mack’s Apples here in Londonderry; specifically during apple blossom season. Erin explained that they chose this location as they spend a lot of time here as a family hiking the orchards and walking their dogs. They have 5 of their own dogs, not including the many puppies that are at their home at any one time during puppy breeding season. They love to go there, apple or pumpkin picking, or to enjoy the ice cream and local products at the store. Mack’s is a very important feature in Londonderry and especially to this family. Well, how could we choose anywhere else?
When I first saw the image above that we had captured, I literally gasped out loud! How appropriate for a photo session that is all about love to capture a heart shape in the flying train of Erin’s dress. I immediately thought of this quote:
Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart – Mandy Harrison
Erin was spot on with her choice of dress for her sweet 8-year-old Arianna. The purple and plum hues perfectly complimented Erin’s feature dress, and she even managed to find a matching tie and complimentary shirt for Brendan. This lady has an eye for wardrobe design! Arianna also had her own headpiece which made her look just like a princess. She was a pro at being in front of the camera and thoroughly enjoyed herself!
We made sure we captured some shots with just Arianna and her mom, and just Erin and Brendan. Wow – these two! Engaged at the Top of the Hub restaurant in Boston and married at Andover Country Club, what a fairy tale romance! The excitement over and love for, this new little girl is palpable. I am reliably informed that she will also have a name beginning with the letter ‘A’, but more than that won’t be revealed until she makes her grand entrance this summer. Yes, I am also desperately looking forward to capturing their lifestyle newborn session in their home once they are settled.
This family makes sure they spend lots of their free time together as a family. One of their favorite things to do is to vacation in Northern NH together, enjoying all that our fabulous state has to offer, including walking trips and camping!
Some of their family time is spent in maintaining their home and yard and in spending a lot of time outdoors with their doggies. When they get an opportunity, Erin and Brendan love to try new restaurants in our area.
Once we had captured family photos, we sent Brendan and Arianna off home, and I concentrated on capturing Erin’s glowing beauty. She was a natural in front of the camera, and you could just see her joy at being a mother for the second time.
Our session was planned for two outfits for Erin, so a quick change in my pop-up tent and we had a completely new look to capture. I love the variety this will give Erin and Brendan for their final images when it comes to choosing their final products.
As you can see, we moved locations within Mack’s for this new outfit. A good photographer will be able to give you multiple looks to your images without having to move you too far from location to location.
As the sun got lower in the sky, we got that perfect quality of light that natural light photographers lust over. At this point, we captured some amazing and special images. I think this image above may be my favorite from the entire session – even over that amazing heart image. To me, this is raw beauty. A quiet confidence that comes only from being completely at one with yourself.Those last few seconds before the sun completely sets are just the loveliest in which to capture your shots. I simply couldn’t put the camera down, making the most of the disappearing light. As the sun set, the sky was an amazing color. This brought to a close this session, but this is only the first chapter in baby “A’s” story. Come back soon to see her newborn images shortly following her birth.
Erin and Brendan are local to Londonderry and also have their own business breeding Labradoodles – check them out at their website www.granitestatelabradoodles.com and on Facebook for details on their new puppy litters.
Plum dress – The Roxy by Sew Trendy Accessories
Hair and Makeup by Lydia Acheson
Erin’s headpiece – Crafty Flowers – Ebay
Wildflower bouquet – Harrington Flowers
Arianna’s Dress – Kids Dream on Amazon.com
For more information about Maternity Photos, please contact Laura Bower here or call (978) 571-6280. Laura is a Londonderry-based Portrait and Lifestyle Photographer covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Derry, Windham, Nashua, Hollis, NH and Gorton and Brookline, MA. Laura specializes in Maternity, Newborn, Kids, and Family portraits.