“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”
~ William Wordsworth
I love collaborating on photo sessions so I was thrilled when Ana-Maria said she wanted to incorporate lotus flowers (a symbol for life) into her maternity session. The wheels started turning and I did a little happy dance when I found these floating lotus flowers online. Now I wondered… would Ana-Maria like them and could I convince her to actually get INTO the water? As you can see the answer was yes! As it turned out, Ana-Maria was up for just about anything. She was so at ease in front of the camera and she just… glowed. I know, I know… it’s a cliche to say that about pregnant women, but it’s true!
At the end of the session, Ana-Maria sat in the sand and wrote messages on a chalk-board. Ana-Maria’s husband, Brian, has been stationed overseas and won’t be returning until a few days before her due date. She wrote a message to him and then to the nuns who prayed for her. At this point, I actually got a little teary eyed. A little silly? Maybe, but I was thinking of so many things… how hard it must be to have your husband so far away, how loved this baby was, and seriously… how amazing would it be to have nuns praying for you? I’m not even Catholic and I think that is pretty intense.
I loved meeting you Ana-Maria and I can’t wait to someday meet Brian and your beautiful blessed baby boy.
(And just a side note to myself: Wading waist deep into water to “save” lotus flowers from floating away while holding $3000 equipment… really not your best move.)