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"