Courtney and Chase waiting for Baby C | Rockport Family Photographer

Courtney and Chase are fellow Rockport natives and RFHS graduates.
The memories I have of them growing up are all the same - smiling.
Courtney, the upbeat, ear-to-ear grinning, cheerleader with the always bouncing blonde ponytail. Chase, the basketball and football player always right by her side doting.
But these two high school sweethearts had more than just puppy love. The display of deep friendship and genuine adoration they have for each other was evident from the moment we arrived at the beach, and the excitement it brought to me as an artist was palpable.

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I've said it a million times, photographing expecting moms is my favorite thing (other than my kids) but photographing first time moms - that might be my favoritest thing. Being a little bit ahead of these first time mamas in this motherhood journey is indescribable. Having the ability to watch them and see their beauty that is new to them, and ever-changing, remembering the excitement and anxiety of each new kick, ache, and Amazon purchase, it is all so precious.

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Here's a few words from Courtney

"The more and more I look at these photos the more I fall in love. They are just so beautiful! I can't get over it. As the morning went on, you can tell we started to feel more comfortable. You put me at such ease and made me feel so beautiful. Thank you for that. They are simply perfect. "

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"Mae took my maternity pictures and at a time when even my wrists felt fat she put me at ease and made me feel as though I was the most beautiful woman in the world. I was absolutely dreading our session (as no one likes to take pictures of themselves when they don't feel their best), but after she met with me the day before to discuss outfits and the final details I knew I was in good hands. The session was truly one of the best experiences. My husband and I left feeling so full of her infectious joy and as though we had made a lifelong friend in Mae. Our pictures are indescribably beautiful and I cannot wait to schedule our next session. Mae has created a lifelong client in me and my family."

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Here are a few more of my favorites

Courtney and Chase, again, thank you a million times over for spending your morning with me out on the water. Your love is so deep and so true, this little girl you are waiting for is so lucky. I can't wait to meet her.

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I find so much joy in photographing expecting couples, babies, and families in Rockport, Texas - For more information on these sessions, visit my shop or email me at for more info on booking a session with me.

keri & baby number three

Keri is a dear friend of mine.
She's the first person I met when I moved to Fort Worth when I was 18.
She was a roommate, in my bridal party, a confidant, a blesser, a bs-caller-outter, a shoulder to cry on, and a whole lot more. 
She introduced me to her mother, a visionary in the birth community who shaped me as a woman and was with me when I birthed two of my daughters. Her passing last year was a loss I was not prepared for. When Keri confided in me that she was pregnant, I looked at my husband in outright joy followed by immediate and complete heart break - because Ann wouldn't be there.
From afar I've watched this amazing woman grow physically and spiritually in ways I didn't even know were possible. I was over-the-moon excited when we hatched a plan to sneak away this weekend to shoot at a location very near to her, her honeymoon getaway.

Since 2011, Keri has been a muse and encourages me in my creative efforts like few can or do. I'm thankful for her friendship and am FREAKING OUT over the fact that a little baby boy Duckett will soon be joining the world.







Here are some words from Keri

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This pregnancy has been a whirlwind of love, joy, grief, excitement, and transition. The boy I’m carrying was created just 6 months or so after the most devastating loss I had experienced. I’ve travelled this pregnancy without my Mom, who was my midwife, my deepest friend, and the best Grammy to all of my kids. My son has journeyed with me in the closest of ways as I have navigated through grief, learning to live and love and drink deeply again of the joys that life offers. While he is not the source of my healing, his nearness growing inside of me and the tenderness of knowing there is new life happening has forever changed me as a woman.
The photos Mae captured are more than just a pretty location or the right accessories. She captured the story. The feelings. I find it especially interesting how she captured the contrast even in the lighting. Darkness and shadows intertwining with the glow of warm sun on my face. This, this is what this pregnancy has been. Beautiful and deep and meaningful. This is more than just photography, and I’m more grateful than ever to have it.

Thank you again, friend, for traveling so far while there's a bowling ball on your bladder to see me and catch up. I love you!

Are you in the Austin area? I'll be shooting there at the end of November and Mid-December.
I will also be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area the first weekend of December
(to see this precious new babe!) and to photograph more of my favorite DFW people.

If you are interested in a session, please visit the shop or email me at

lisa & mark waiting for baby h

Lisa is someone who makes you smile when she's around.
I met her at a five am workout class, and everyday, her smile made me smile.
She was a newlywed when I met her, coming into her own as a wife all while being an encouragement to those around her. When I found out she was expecting, I was thrilled for her! I was thrilled that she was going to get to experience motherhood, thrilled that her happy husband was going to get to watch his wife take on this new role, and thrilled that this baby is coming into a world of love that is just precious.

Thank you, Lisa and Mark, for meeting me at sunrise with your fur-babies to celebrate this beautiful time in your lives.

I met Mae at the gym shortly after moving to the Rockport area, and her enthusiasm and love for life automatically caught my attention. Once I discovered what her passion and profession was, I (not yet pregnant or even wanting to be) started envisioning my maternity session with her. I’m a planner, and apparently sometimes I plan for things that aren’t even within my grasp. Fast forward a year and here we are - baby in belly and Mae’s beautiful photography on my computer screen.
— Lisa J
Pregnancy has been one of the best periods of my life. I feel very fortunate to not have gone through any difficulties or complications thus far (minus a few weeks of morning sickness and acne that just won’t go away). Pregnancy has strengthened my marriage and positively changed my husband (and myself) in ways I wasn’t expecting. It has also helped me to bond even more with the women in my life. I can only hope to be the kind of mother that my mom, grandmas, aunts, and friends have been.
My husband and I decided to go the ‘natural’ route with our birthing experience shortly after becoming pregnant, and after reading and learning so much about the process, I find it hard not to try and sway others to do the same. A few friends, including Mae, have inspired me to birth naturally and it is what I’m looking forward to most in my pregnancy. Women’s bodies are designed to create, birth, and care for babies. I encourage any future moms-to-be to explore the option of natural birth too!
— Lisa J
My husband and I are so pleased Mae captured the love we have for each other and the excitement we have for our growing family. She even got our fur babies in a few! I was nervous about the vulnerability of showing my bare belly, but Mae actually snapped all of these shots as we were just catching up as friends. Mae has an eye for beauty through a lens. I can’t wait for our next session once our precious baby has arrived!
— Lisa J

Thank you again Lisa and Mark for having so much fun with me at the beach. I cannot wait to meet this little fire cracker!

Love what you see down here on the Coast?
Will your family be visiting Rockport, Port Aransas or Corpus Christi this summer?
To book family or maternity session while you are in the Coastal Bend,
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