Category: Maternity

J+M | Northern Virginia Maternity Photographer

Posted in Maternity

Winter maternity sessions are some of my favorites.  I love the beauty of a sleeping world contrasted by a growing belly and new life.  Luckily it wasn’t too cold and J and M were troopers as we spent an afternoon at one of my favorite local parks documenting this sweet moment in their lives.

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Personal | Maternity Session by J. Layne Photography

Posted in Maternity, Personal

When we found out we were pregnant I was pretty adamant that I did not want to have maternity photos taken.  I love doing them for my clients and think they’re really special but I just knew I would not be comfortable with my huge belly in front of the camera.  The further along we got though I started having doubts, wondering if I would regret not having photos to capture this time.  We had booked a short vacation to Florida so I decided to look up photographers there just to see.  I stumbled across a posting by Chelsi in a Facebook group we were both in and clicked over to her website.  I was hooked.  I sent the link to Rog and we decided to go ahead and have them taken, even if they ended up being just for us.  It was seriously the best decision we made.  Chelsi and Justin are the sweetest and made us feel completely at ease and the photos are more beautiful than I could have imagined.  They really captured us and I know we will treasure these moments for years to come.

Here’s just a few photos from our session by Chelsi and Justin of J. Layne Photography.
A special thanks to Amanda at Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon as well for giving me perfect hair and makeup and making me feel gorgeous.

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Maternity On Film | Northern Virginia Maternity Photographer

Posted in Maternity

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Birth | My Why

Posted in Birth, Maternity, Newborn

A few days ago I  was talking to someone about how much I wanted to shoot more births and they asked what my interest was considering the fact I have not birthed a child nor am I a mother.  It took me aback because normally if one person thinks it others are as well.  It inspired me to share more of my why for wanting to get into birth photography.

The short answer: I believe every moment in life is worth capturing and the birth of a child is up there in importance with weddings (at least in my book.)

The long answer: When I first got into photography I was all about weddings. Weddings are supposed to be the happiest day of one’s life.  They’re filled with gorgeous dresses, perfect details, and of course the happy couple.  If you ask a new photographer what they want to specialize in many times they will say weddings.  However, as I shot more weddings I realized I wasn’t connected to portraits or the details.  Of course they were beautiful but it was the genuine human interactions between the bride and her father when he first saw her or the grandparents who have been married for fifty years dancing to the last song that really got me.

When I was still new to the industry I used to look at a lot of other photographer’s blogs.  One of my favorites was Arden Prucha; I would spend hours reading her tutorials and looking at her images.  One day I came across this post of her own birth shot by a friend.  I was so blown away by the beauty in the images.  You can see the love and tenderness her husband has for her, the pure joy of bringing a new baby into the world.  THIS is beautiful and real.

For me, birth is not something to be feared but something to be celebrated.  It is a celebration of new life and a growing family.  It is the celebration of a woman’s strength to bring new life into the world.  We document the joining of two people who come together to make a new family so why not document the moment you first hold your new baby in your arms?

I have sat on the desire to shoot births for a year and a half now.  I’m not sure where this will lead but the desire is not going anywhere and more than ever I want to document these moments for families so they have them to look back on and cherish forever.

If you are interested in having your birth story documented please feel free to reach out.  I would love to hear from you!


Elizabeth & Stephen | Alexandria Maternity Photographer

Posted in Couples, Maternity

Elizabeth and Stephen are the sweetest couple I’ve photographed to date.  She is outgoing and chatty, he is quiet and reserved.  Opposite but the same in so many ways, both are the absolute nicest, most gracious people you will ever meet.

Throughout our evening session it was so apparent how much these two love one another and how excited they were to welcome their little girl!  Before the session, I told them if they had anything they wanted to bring to feel free.  They showed up with the cutest book about a pig named Olivia (also the name they chose for their sweet new babe.)  The name was under wraps and they told only a handful of people so this was such a fun memory to create for them!

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