I recently had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful maternity photo session and picnic at Hampton Park in Charleston, South Carolina with T and J. They were brave and chose a sunrise session (one of my favorites in the summertime), and it was SO worth the early alarm.
We met early in the morning, just as the sun was starting to rise. The temperature was still fairly cool, and the park was quiet and peaceful. The light was perfect, that beautiful warm glow you only really get at sunrise, so we started the session off by exploring some of my favorite spots in the park looking for the perfect picnic spot. Hampton Park has so many beautiful nooks and crannies, and it was EMPTY so early in the morning, so we had our choice of spots.
T messaged me ahead of time and asked if it was “too extra” to set up a picnic….um never too extra. Her setup was complete with blankets, baby books and ultrasound photos, and delicious breakfast treats. We enjoyed some quiet moments together, as they chatted about how excited they were about becoming parents. We laughed about what they’d nicknamed their little one, and chatted about the names they were thinking about.
As the morning got later we finished up the picnic, and wandered through the park a bit. The live oaks and crepe myrtles with Spanish moss are epic in the morning, so we took advantage of the morning light in as many spots as we could.
Overall, another point to sunrise photo sessions, especially in the summertime. I’m always so grateful to capture just this little sliver of time in a couple’s journey to parenthood. It’s a precious time, full of so much excitement and so many little secrets and surprises, and sweet quiet moments together. Also, hint to all you expectant parents, a picnic for your pregnancy announcement or maternity session is NEVER too much. Be extra, loves.