I remember reaching out to my dear friend Holly Nylund shortly after I found out I was pregnant. I not only wanted to tell her about the pregnancy, but also ask her about capturing our maternity photos. Holly is an amazing talented photographer based in Escanaba, MI, she typically specializes in senior portraits but also takes on a few special requests now and then. I’ve had the joy of being friends with her for 20+ years now. She’s known me through all the awkward stages of growing up, the adventure years after high school, and we even opened our businesses around the same time. I feel so lucky to have a friend like her in my life and that is why it was even more special that she was the one to capture our maternity portraits.
Going into the session I knew I wanted a ‘wow factor’ dress to wear. I found this gorgeous berry colored dress on Rent The Runaway and I could not be more pleased with how it fit and the way I felt in it. Using the website was a breeze and they shipped out two dresses, to make sure that one dress fit perfectly. They sizes were spot on and the real customer reviews helped out tremendously. The best part was that after it was all said and done I just stuffed the dresses and in the pre-stamped bag and shipped them off, no dry cleaning involved or anything. I highly recommend this fantastic company!
One of the highlights from the day of the session was getting my makeup done by the brilliant Scotti Oja! I’ve had my makeup done professionally before, but this was a real treat. Her home studio in Marquette was beautiful, relaxing, and had a glitter wall (need I say more). She has a knack for makeup that not only looks flawless, but that is subtly dramatic. It’s no wonder why so many of our bride’s have hired her to do their wedding makeup! Walking out of her studio I felt so beautiful and was ready to take on the day, I can’t thank her enough for her talent and professionalism.
We were lucky enough to have beautiful light near the golden hour of sunset, we let Holly pick the location (which was perfect). She did fantastic at guiding us through the session–especially since Alex and I are completely awkward in front of the camera and tend to ham it up a little to much. We love how Holly captured not only the love we have for our daughter, but the love we have for each other. We couldn’t stop smiling after the session and after viewing these photos! Huge thanks again to Holly!
Now it’s time to finish prepping for our daughter who will be making her way into the world in December. We are so beyond excited to meet her and can’t wait to show her these photos one day. We will forever cherish these maternity portraits.
This is how Alex gives our baby girl a high five, haha.
The next few photos are just us being us–because life is too short not to have a dance off.
Never a dull moment with this guy around, he is such a ham!
This handsome fella has been my rock through this all, I feel so lucky to have him in my life!