Justine and Henry, ahhhh where to begin with these two!? I originally met Justine AGES ago (like over a decade ago) while we were attending Berklee College of Music. Fast forward and we meet up again after we've migrated across country with our boyfriends (now husbands!) and we reconnected. I'm happy to report that she quickly became a staple in my LA lady network, her friendship is kind and patient, quiet and warm. She's got this deep rooted wisdom and understanding of the human condition and when they announced their pregnancy I was over the moon excited for them!
Pregnancy was a journey for them and this little babe in her belly is now almost 6 months old (not sure how that's even possible!? Where does time go?!) They were a little hesitant to have this session, so we kept it short and sweet and close to home. Malibu Creek State Park was the perfect place for these outdoorsy love birds and made for a gorgeous session - look at that golden light!
Part of what makes photography so powerful is it's ability to give the subjects perspective. Many times I'm capturing a momentous occassion in your life, wedding, pregnancy, baby etc and while you're IN it it's hard to appreciate where you are. Something about trees and the forest.... Anyway, after the images were delivered Justine was able to experience the beautiful realization that she IS a mother, that this is here and it's beautiful and she is DOING it. The journey and struggle we go through on a daily basis is real, but it's not for naught. Having this maternity session helped her appreciate and settle into the beauty of this phase of life and embrace all that goes with it. So much love, people, SO much love.
This session was photographed on equal parts film and digital. Any grain that you see is natural film grain and the film naturally takes on a slightly punchier shadow tone, which adds a delicious texture and rich skin tones. Big shout out to The Find Lab for processing and scanning these films and rendering a beautiful result for this lovely couple <3
Here are a few of my favorites - Enjoy!