Gorgeous Akron, Ohio Maternity Photo Session

Gorgeous maternity photo session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Nichole and her mom stopped by my booth at the Akron Baby and Child Expo and booked her maternity and newborn photo sessions.  We met at my home studio and then headed out to this gorgeous summer field near my house that was sprinkled with Queen Anne’s lace.

Maternity portrait in black with white wildflowers by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyI wish more moms booked a maternity session!  Pregnancy really does cause the skin to glow and portraits are a beautiful way to remember this time of eagerly anticipating a new baby.  Beautiful pregnant mom standing in a field of wildlflowers - Maternity Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Glowing mama poses for maternity photo session in strapless black dress

Why Book a Maternity Photo Session?

You might be wondering why you should do a maternity photo session.  After all, the “star” of the show hasn’t arrived yet.  🙂 And you are worried that you will be feeling rather uncomfortable.  And what would you do with these portraits?

Well, once your newborn arrives on the scene, it is fairly likely that you are going to be the one behind the camera most of the time.  One day, you want your child to look through the family pictures and see some of you, too.  Maybe you won’t hang a maternity portrait on the wall in your living room, but it would be lovely in a small frame in the nursery.  Maternity photos also make a lovely beginning to your newborn’s photo album.

As for your comfort level, we suggest you schedule your session between 32-34 weeks of pregnancy.  Far enough along that your baby bump is clearly visible, but not so far along that you are uncomfortable from swelling and fatigue.  These are also shorter sessions–just between 30 to 45 minutes–to minimize wearing you out.

And, in case you were wondering, dads are welcome, too!

Need more information?  Click on the contact tab to get in touch.  Or call 330-806-4948.

 

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Meet Eric – Jackson Class of 2017

Eric is a super-talented, easy-going senior from Jackson High School.  He is on the speech and debate team. His favorite subject is chemistry and being a runner is his thing.   We met at the track to start off his session and finished at the trail where he and his family run for fun.

Posing Ideas for a Runner - Senior Pictures by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Book Your Senior Portrait Session

We have limited space remaining for the Class of 2017.  For more information about our senior sessions, visit our Seniors page or call 330-806-4948.

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Meet Sara – Howland High School Class of 2017

Sara is the youngest of three siblings* that I have had the pleasure of photographing as seniors.  I have truly loved working with this family!

What can I tell you about Sara?  She might say that I saved the best for last, but she’d only be teasing.  She adores her big brother and sister.  She is warm and smiles easily.  She has a heart for kids and mad basketball skills.  I can’t wait to see what she goes on to accomplish!

While her siblings had traveled to me for their senior portrait sessions, Sara had some great ideas for locations closer to where they live.  (Yes, I will travel outside the Akron/Canton area for senior portraits for a small travel fee.)  She chose a local park with an old mill and covered bridge, a gorgeous botanical garden, and her high school gymnasium.  Garden Senior Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Yes, she really can palm two basketballs at once!

*You can see her sister’s session here.  I just realized that I never did blog about Sara’s brother.  I’ll have to remedy that!

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Christmas Mini Sessions Recap

Thanks to all who participated in my Christmas mini-sessions special.  We had a blast!  This was the second time I have offered holiday-themed mini sessions, and it was really fun to be able to watch the kids play in the “snow”.  Some of the younger children got to decorate a little tree.   I realized that we were going to be able to fit more people on the set than I originally thought, so some parents got to enjoy it, too.

Siblings sit on sled - Christmas mini sessions by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyKids decorate little Christmas tree - Christmas Mini Sessions

Toddler holding mistletoe over kissing parents - Christmas Mini Sessions

Siblings hugging Christmas Mini SessionsParents with 3-month-old baby Christmas Mini Sessions

And of course, I couldn’t resist putting our sweet little puppy on the set.  This is the photo we used for our Christmas cards.  Speaking of which, I love creating custom cards for my clients.  If you have an idea, get in touch with me.  I would love to help you plan a special session!

White Dog in Buffalo Plaid sweater Christmas mini sessions photo

 

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Baby Evelyn (a Not-so-Newborn Session)

Baby Evelyn is the granddaughter of a sweet friend.  Her family came all the way from Michigan for their session!  (Well, not because I’m anything special to drive that far: they came because their session was a baby shower gift.  But it’s fun to say that they came all the way from Michigan. 😉 )  She had just turned a month old the week they came for a visit.

If you call to book a newborn session, I will suggest we aim for the session to occur between the ages of 4-10 days.  And that’s because it is the time frame when they sleep a lot and their little bodies are still super flexible and easily go into the curly poses that newborn photography is known for.  But even though Evelyn was already a month old, she did a marvelous job.

EvelynEvelynI never get tired of photographing newborn’s tiny features.  Evelyn had lashes for days!  Babies truly are a miracle from God – “fearfully and wonderfully made”!Evelyn

The nursery at Grandma’s house is decorated in shades of teal, cream and brown, so I wanted to incorporate those colors into at least one of the poses.

Teal and Cream Newborn Session

Thank you to Evelyn’s mommy and daddy for allowing me the privilege of photographing your sweet little family.  She is truly precious!

 

 

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