It’s almost midnight right now, so I’m putting this pregnancy insomnia to good use and writing my first blog post.

So welcome!

I’m Kelli – photographer, wife, and mom to 5 (with the 5th due in just a couple of weeks). Photography, Motherhood and Marriage – those are the things I’ll share most here because those are the things that have been part of my life for the past 13 years.

I enjoy sharing, so if you ever have any specific questions, or want me to write about a particular topic, feel free to ask and I will happily answer. And if you’re interested in getting to know a little more about how I got started in photography, you can find more of the story here.

For my first post, I’d like to share my most recent shoot! This beautiful mom is due in April, and she is also my sister. It was a really cold day at the beach, but the lighting was beautiful. These were taken about 20 minutes before sunset right as a storm was rolling in.

What I love most about maternity portraits is that they become more valuable over time. In other words, there’s a hundred reasons why I think women should have maternity pictures taken, and while it’s beautiful and fun to look at them while you’re pregnant, there is something extra special about looking back on your pregnancy once it becomes more of a distant memory.

This became especially clear to me in the past year when I saw how my 12 and 8 year old loved looking at pictures of when I was pregnant with them. Watching their happy and fascinated reactions in seeing how they existed and grew in my body made me so thankful I had maternity pictures taken with both of them, despite the fact that at the time, all I felt was swollen and ready to be done with pregnancy. Those 9 months can feel like some of the longest 9 months that you will ever go through, but I think once your pregnancy is over and the years pass, you will be grateful to have pictures that document that time in your life.

(Film notes at the end of the post)

All shot on Fuji 400, rated at 200 on my Pentax 645n – processing and scanning by Photovision Prints (on a frontier scanner).

2/25/19

A Beauty In Monterey | Maternity Session

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