I'm always honored when people ask me to capture a particular moment in their lives. Some, of course, are bigger than others, but the truth is that every moment is unique. A few months ago, Felicia reached out to me and asked if I'd be willing to shoot her maternity photos. Naturally, I said yes or you wouldn't be reading these words.
I met Felicia 13 or 14 years ago when I was an assistant manager for Wal-Mart. Not too long after she started, I transferred stores and ultimately left the company. Fast forward to now, when she and her significant other, Jeff, are expecting their first, and I was thrilled to have been asked to be their photographer.
Felicia looked positively radiant, and Jeff was happy to play along. Too often, men portray the stoic, emotionless statues that need to be poked, prodded, cajoled, and forced into loosening up and enjoying a photo session. Jeff wasn't like that at all, and both were plenty willing to experiment and get a little goofy.
Given the pregnancy, I wanted to find someplace for Felicia that wasn't a long walk but offered some varied scenery and a sheltered place in case the weather was unpredictable. Winter offers several challenges in that regard, but mother nature rewarded us with a beautiful and unseasonably warm evening.
It's been a while since I've been to the Lehigh Valley for photos, but the city has some beautiful landscapes and places to go. One of my favorites is Bogert's Bridge on Fish Hatchery Rd in Allentown. Way back in 2012, when I was just getting started, my first paid photo shoot happened there.
Honestly, you can go just about anywhere on the Lehigh Parkway and find one gorgeous spot after another. I'm hopeful that this Spring I'll get time to walk the bulk of it and bring back some beautiful landscapes.
Doubtless, there is nothing quite like the radiant glow that pregnancy brings to a woman, and it was magical sharing in these tender moments with Jeff, Felicia, and baby Quinlynn.