I never get the opportunity to shoot maternity sessions, so I was super excited when this mom-to-be reached out. The timing worked out perfectly that we would do her session right in the middle of the peak foliage time. She requested this location, with this quaint stone bridge. I was a little hesitant, as I had only been there once the previous year and that the location didn’t offer much more in terms of what angles. Last fall, it seemed like all it did was rain, basically from the end of summer well into fall and we almost had to reschedule this session due to the threat of more rain and high winds. But then I remembered that this location was a pretty secluded so we’d probably be protected from the winds. Thankfully, I was right about that and it turned out to be a pretty warm day as well. I had my clients meet me the location (remember I hadn’t been there since the year before and we had a LOT of rain in the previous months…) and as we walked in, I was SHOCKED. Because of all that rain, this little spot had practically become a tropical rain forest! The ferns and plants had grown wildly and since its basically not taken care of, it was crazy out of control. I just stood there stunned for a few minutes and kept muttering how insane the growth was and how I wasn’t expecting it to look like that. I even pulled up the pictures from the year before and showed my clients! I was also trying to figure out how I was going to find my way to the one spot I can use to shoot (the space is really quite small and there’s pretty much only one spot to stand in!) I am so lucky to have the most awesome clients because while mom get herself into position on the bridge, dad helped guide me to the spot I needed to get to, by helping hold the plants, that were about 2 feet taller than me, out of the way. At one point I almost stepped off the edge and would have fallen into the murky water, if it weren’t for my client realizing it! I almost couldn’t see where the edge was! I also had to do some landscaping, moving plants out of the way and pinning them under other branches just to get my shots!
Again, because I have the most amazing clients, we laughed, mostly at my expense of trying to navigate through the jungle! In the end, I think the overgrowth only added to the gorgeousness of the location and helped set a tranquil and beautiful feel to these maternity images. We stepped out the little spot and I looked across the street and noticed was looked like the most perfect arch of fall leaves. Fall foliage is my favorite thing, outside of cherry blossoms and the spring flowering trees.
I really hope I get the opportunity to do more maternity sessions. I really love celebrating motherhood and this magical time in a woman’s life!
Peanut and Pip Photography is a Long Island based, natural-light, on-location photographer. We also love to travel and service all of New York City and the tri-sate area. Our style is classic and timeless, with a bit of whimsy. Our goal is to preserve this moment in time. We strive to capture the magic and wonder of childhood, the dreams of teens and seniors and the love between families with beautiful, breathtaking and timeless portraits. Every session is customized to you and your family. My works stands out because it is a collaborative effort between my clients and me. I find a way to integrate both of our visions. I often joke that I have crazy ideas, but my clients always trust my vision because they know they will get something unique in the end. I don’t see the world the way everyone else does and that is reflected in the art I create. My ability to create on the spur of the monument is part of my magic. While I always have my go-to locations, I rarely shoot them the same way each time I go there. I get bored of the same things very easily and no two sessions are ever the same, even when shot at the same locations.