Lynchburg Maternity Photographer | Melissa's Winter Maternity Session


Melissa's Winter Maternity Session

In the Field

I had such a wonderful time getting to know Melissa and hearing the story of how God redeemed the many years she spent waiting to become a mama. The time I was able to spend with her was truly such an encouragement to me!

Melissa reached out to me in early January and since she was just a few weeks out from her baby’s due date, I wanted to get her in the studio for a consultation as soon as possible (all consultations are complimentary with no obligation to book a session). We squeezed her in within the week and she decided to move forward and book both her maternity and newborn session together. She also told me she would be the only participant during her maternity session and she wanted to use it as a time to really celebrate this season and embrace the journey she has been through to get to where she is today. What a beautiful story she has!

I want to take a minute to note that I have photographed many expectant mothers alone whether they are single moms, have a partner who doesn’t love to be in pictures, or simply want to do something for themselves! And I love when moms don't let their fear of being photographed alone hold them back! Each baby and each pregnancy deserves to be celebrated! I also really enjoy these sessions because oftentimes we have extra time to play with additional outfits or even go to double locations! Just like this session. :) (When I’m working with just one person things move along pretty quickly which allows us a little extra time for travel!) So if you are interested in having a maternity session but were worried about doing it alone, let me assure you that you don't need to worry!

On the day of this session, since Melissa opted to add on hair and makeup services with our exclusive stylist, she arrived to the studio about one hour prior to her session start time. I always love to get our stylist’s opinion on last minute details and she gave us the great idea at this session to use Melissa’s handmade maternity belt (which she received as a gift) as a hair piece at the start of her session. It matched one of the dresses Melissa had picked out from the studio wardrobe perfectly!

The day of Melissa’s session was chilly and windy. Because of the cooler weather, we made the decision to shoot the first half of her session inside the warm studio. Since the studio and the field are so close to one another and Melissa was the only subject in the pictures, this worked out perfectly! She received a variety of great images and was able to stay comfortable and warm for almost all of the session. At the very end we were both pretty cold, but she modeled SO great for those last few photos, you can’t even tell!

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together!

If you're pregnant and looking for a maternity and newborn photographer, I would love to work with you to create images you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact me and if you'd like, we can set up a no-obligation consultation here in the studio to answer any questions you may have.

Liz Cook is a familybirth and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and discreet birth stories, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.