Beach shoots. I love them. There’s nothing like being on the beach and watching the sunset. So naturally, that’s one of my favorite places to do portraits. I had the pleasure of taking Araceli and Charlie’s maternity photos last year at Sandy Hook, in August at sunset. It was quite possibly the most beautiful lighting I’ve ever had on a shoot.
This year, they asked me to take their new family’s portraits on the same beach in August at sunset. The results were amazing, but not only because of the beautiful lighting that we were lucky enough to get again. Something had happened to these two in a year’s time. They had gone from being a couple to being parents and it was so evident in their pictures. It was amazing to me to see the evolution of two people becoming parents.
Because I had done both of their portrait sessions, I have the unique ability to be able to put the pictures side by side to show the story.
First, one of my favorite poses of Araceli, staring down at her tummy in wonder at what the person that she was carrying inside her would be like. The same pose a year later, with her adorable son, Noah. The bright look in her eyes and the pride shows through as she holds her son and watches him curl his toes in the sand.