Kurtis gifted his girlfriend, Jenna, a full session package with makeup, hair, and a Palace of Fine Arts maternity shoot as his Christmas gift to her. This was their first shoot and child together, so Kurtis wanted to go all out to properly document this significant occasion for them. They expertly coordinated business casual clothing, with Kurtis actually wearing a tie, which he says he dislikes. They were in such good spirits, being together to celebrate their upcoming child with no regard for the camera and open to laughing out loud and enjoying the moment. For me, maternity shoots are the same as any couples portraits shoots with just a little more focus on the belly, so I was happy to add in some solo portraits of the glowing mother-to-be to help further commemorate this great time in her life.
We spent a majority of the time near the Dome, then proceeded to the other end to do more landscape photos and show off the beauty of the Palace of Fine Arts. Palace of Fine Arts for your maternity shoot is a great location for its variety in backgrounds as well as the architecture to add to your images. Jenna added to the elegant look of the location by adding in a stylish hat, which I was immediately drawn to. For some reason, whenever I see someone with a hat, I always want to have playful images of them tossing it, either towards the camera or to each other like hot potato, which they happily obliged with 🙂 Though perhaps unorthodox for a maternity shoot, I tell my Clients it is not about the action but rather the reaction and the huge smiles and body language. Hopefully, as you will see on their huge smiles from ear to ear, it proved my point!
Congratulations Kurtis and Jenna on your upcoming first born and it was an honor being able to document such an important milestone for you two!