Oh, Mama! My Maternity Photo Shoot

We have a tradition that with each new baby comes new family pictures. I always want to capture my little family in a special way that shows where we are at the moment and where we’re headed. This third pregnancy is no exception. When I started searching for a photographer to take pictures this time around I had a few boxes that needed to be checked:

  • They had to have their own studio or was able to shoot in indoor locations that may not have natural light (We are in the winter in Michigan!).
  • They had to be take our style of pictures — candid, creative, and beautiful shots, of course!
  • They had to be able to shoot us in February or March, at the latest.
  • They had to be somewhat affordable (We’re in the middle of a basement renovation and planning my maternity leave, so finances are stretched!).

I had never had a problem finding a photographer before, so I didn’t think it would be a problem this time. Well, was I wrong. I had great options, but none of them fit all of the criteria. I had almost given up hope until I was blessed to be recommended Yamile Branch. Yamile is the owner of Yamile Branch Photography, and she recently opened her own studio in St. Clair Shores, MI. She’s warm, has a wonderful personality, is professional and passionate about what she does. Did I mention that she takes AWESOME photos? Did you check out her website yet? My goodness. See what I mean?

We decided that we would make this a true maternity shoot with just me and my belly. (We will take family pictures in the spring or summer as a family of five. 🙂 ) I hadn’t taken professional pictures by myself since high school, but instantly felt at home in front of Yamile’s camera. She really captured how beautiful I felt during this pregnancy, which I totally credit my baby girl for. I love every single shot and hope baby girl loves them, too.

If you’re in the market for maternity, newborn and babies, children, or family photos, give Yamile a call. And tell her I sent you! You’ll be more than pleased.

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