Jun 26, 2014
It was on my to-do list. A maternity shoot, nothing too intricate, I just wanted a few pictures I could have in my memory bank. I knew Rick wasn’t up for it, he doesn’t do well ‘on set’. Last time we took pictures for our engagement shoot, I had to entice him with a six pack of beer. He gets a little nervous and awkward in front of the camera. He never knows what to do with his hands…it is kind of cute. So he didn’t want any pictures of him this time. No biggie, just not his thing. So I thought I would at least get one of the belly and me. However time has flown by and all of a sudden I am at week 37 with no pictures. I dismissed the idea of it. Thinking that I didn’t need any, I have plenty on my iPhone…we should be good with those, right? But maybe not…what if this is my only pregnancy? What if this is the only time I experience this in life? Ok, Monica get some pictures, so you won’t regret it! As I am walking on the treadmill I get this epiphany and decided to send an email to my dear friend and talented photographer, Lucy Randall with Smitten And Hooked. The thing is, I only had one free day… and it so happened to be the following day. I am a moron. Who requests a photo shoot the day before? Oh, me. Yes I am crazy to even ask that. Plus, I knew in the next two weeks, I was going to blow up like a balloon, because the process had already started. The last few weeks when the baby is fattening up, well you are too. Oh goodie, just go ahead and bring on the ice-cream!
Thankfully Lucy knows me and knows how out there I can be, so she didn’t even think twice and it so happened she was available!! She picked this beautiful horse barn in the country that was perfect. It was exactly what I had imagined. Barefoot, pregnant, natural, outdoorsy…and it was a plus horses lived there too! We pulled in around 7am where there was still dew on the ground, it was very still and sun was peeking through the trees. We entered the farm and the horses immediately ran over to us. Even though I think horses are most beautiful creatures, it was a little unsettling seeing a herd of horses gallop towards us as we’re trying to take pictures. They approached us, smelled us, we petted them and then boom, we were friends! There are a few shots she got with the horses in the background that I am dying to see! But I wanted to share a few maternity pictures, thanks to Smitten And Hooked. You’ll have to check this team out…it is a husband/ wife team and they’re the coolest! Easy to work with and make you feel so comfortable. smittenandhooked.com