Beachside Bump

Kelly was a BLAST to work with. Planning sessions outdoors in the South Texas winter can be a tricky affair. Finding juuuuust the right window for sun/warmth in the middle of January is quite the feat.Luckily, Kelly, her sweet husband Charlie, and I got out to the Island and were able to photograph the beauty that is this first time mama. And only one of us is still picking cactus needles out of her behind!

Kelly sent me this sweet little something this morning to share with you all: "I will admit, I often have unattainable expectations – of myself and others. 

Yes, that’s how I’d like to open this gush session about Mae Burke. She didn’t ask me to write this – I just HAD to.  What an amazing experience and what a beautiful compilation of baby bump photos to keep forever – and show to my daughter one day. 

It’s rare to find someone like Mae to work with. She was a great listener and made the experience about what I wanted, but also took charge where she needed to – helping me chose what to wear before the shoot, pinning my hair back for me as we stood on the beach, requesting accessory/clothing changes as we ran around trying to catch the fleeting sun. She was an ultimate professional – always super responsive by phone, text and email, clearly laying out next steps and expectations and offering secret maternity photo tips and tricks to get the most flattering poses. She has an amazing talent and  a distinctive vision – that anyone can see from her work. She is doing what she was meant to in this life. 

But the thing about Mae that put her over the edge for me – is her ENERGY. During the shoot her positive energy overflows from her and it is infectious!  I actually had fun taking pictures – which never happens!  For all of these wonderful attributes squeezed into one tiny person – I am grateful and in absolute awe. 

Let’s just say, my unattainable expectations…have been blown away. 

Thank you, Mae for making this entire experience even more memorable.  xo"

Amberlee & Hayes

Many of you may recognize this gorgeous woman from almost exactly a year ago. Her wedding was a gorgeous beachfront affair that has left me breathless.We did her maternity session a few months ago, seaweed still clinging to her wedding dress, and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of her second son ever since.

She birthed her sweet boy naturally and the glow and joy she had in the following weeks was just irrepressible. She was effervescent!

From Amberlee: "Motherhood is not something I ever saw myself in. I had a hard time with wrapping my head around this emotion and new life to come.

When my son was 15 months old My now husband and I were married on the beach. Mae was there to capture every moment. My favorite, was the image she got of me nursing my son. I saw the image and all it's glow, and for the first time saw motherhood in myself. The comfort, love and growth was all right there captured from her lens. I was awe struck and remain that way each time I see the image.

Her talent is effortless it seems. She was made by god to see women in motherhood the way they should see themselves everyday. I felt overjoyed the morning she came to my home to capture me, my full round belly, and my son again. I cried when she sent me the images. I cried because I've felt pain, depression and like I haven't been doing enough for my first son through this pregnancy. The natural light she got from our bedroom glowed off my face in only the way a true artist could find it. My sons eyes glittered when she caught the image of him smiling at me holding him over his soon to be little brother in my belly.

I can keep going on the emotions I get from not only the pictures she's taken of my family, but of others too. Looking at her work, I know it does all the talking for me. You won't regret your time with Mae, and you certainly won't regret your captured emotions. "


Thank you over and over again, Amberlee, for always being so venerable with me. You are a precious gem.

Fort Worth, I'm headed your way Nov 23rd, if you have a new beeb that you need pictures of while they are still teeny, let's set up your session <3 Coastal Bend Mamas, I will *only* be taking newborns the month of December. All other sessions should be scheduled in November or in 2015!