Washington State Mountain Maternity Session | Ashley

As a wedding photographer, one of my favorite types of sessions are bridals. Not all of my clients choose to include a bridal session, but the time is so special for the ones that do. It's a time to dress up, celebrate the season you're in, and to create something special that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

And I view maternity photographs in the exact same way. Because I don't believe that being a bride is the only thing you should celebrate; it's just one of many beautiful milestones that deserve to be documented. The season of life when you're literally carrying another human inside your body is amazing. It's a testament to how strong and capable and incredible God has made your body, and I believe it deserves to be photographed beautifully. So someday, your children can look back and see themselves before they were even born.

I photographed Ashley's destination maternity session while we were both visiting Washington State, and it was truly an honor to photograph the joy, wisdom, and strength radiating out of this gorgeous momma.  During our entire time together, I was blown away by how peaceful and confident Ashley was, and I know she's going to be an incredible mother to her sweet baby.

"I don't even know quite where to begin... If I could sum up the experience Stephanie gives in one word I would say it is life-giving. Being pregnant brings your emotions high and low... Being a first time mom, I have probably been too hard on myself, trying to accept the changes my body is going through all the while reminding myself that this life growing inside of me is so beautiful. Being in a season of life that often feels over glamorized and realistically uncomfortable leaves little room to truly appreciate the simple beauty in the God-given ability to nurture a life. The connection portrait session I so thankfully had the opportunity to experience with Stephanie truly gave me the opportunity to rest, reflect and appreciate this short chapter before motherhood officially begins. Her sweet authenticity allowed me to see myself through a lens of grace and elegance, helping me to realize how beautiful pregnancy is. I felt absolutely beautiful in front of her camera and the experience was one I needed, will hold on to, and can't wait to share with the sweet baby I can't wait to meet."

- Ashley