Friday, November 18, 2011

our maternity shoot

a few weekends ago, one of reid's best friends randy (of randall reed photography) offered to take some maternity photos of us. it was a difficult decision because a) do i really want to be photographed 7 1/2 months pregnant? and b) i hate being in front of a camera, posing while trying to look natural, just as much as i love being behind one taking the pictures.

but randy is a great photographer (he should totally quit his day job and do only this!) and we know him well, so i figured that would take the awkwardness level down a notch. however, i think the deciding factor for me was that this was the first time since our wedding (8 years ago) when reid and i have had pictures taken together that weren't a quick point&shoot. also, our wedding pictures were TERRIBLE, and just thinking about the awful job our wedding photographer did still makes me sad and angry. there aren't many pictures from our wedding that were salvageable, none that have ever hung in our home, and very few that i've shared with others.  our photography (or lack thereof) is my biggest wedding regret.  note to future brides - don't skimp on your wedding photography!!

so in a way, the goal was to not only get some decent materity shots, but also finally get some decent photos of reid and i. the reid who HATES taking pictures more than anyone i know, but this one time decided to be completely accommodating. whatever, the reason, i was just happy that he went along with it and didn't complain once!

little did i know when the 'shoot' started it would turn into a full day event!

we started at our house for the more casual pictures, then drove to skamania lodge for many of the outdoor shots, and ended in hood river near the end of the day.  randy really wanted to photograph us in places that have significant meaning for us, so skamania lodge was a given.  not only is it located in one of the most gorgeous settings we know, it's where we spent our wedding night, and a place we've returned many times over the years to relax and spend time with family.  hood river is one of our favorite places to go for a day trip, usually tacked onto a day of hiking in the gorge, and it's just another 20 min east of skamania lodge, so we decided to keep on going and end our journey there.  plus, we couldn't pass up dinner at the full sail brewery.

luckily, the weather held up all day for us, and all in all, while a long day, it actually ended up being quite fun once we were able to relax in front of the camera. 

there were over 700 pictures taken, so narrowing it down was extremely difficult, but here are some of my favorites.  i was also fortunate that randy trusted me to edit the photos he took.  :)


jgorger said...

Beautiful! I never did maternity pictures with either of my kids, but wish that I would have! Love the location and that RED dress is stunning!

Claire {Beaktweets} said...

wow, these are some of the most gorgeos maternity pictures i've ever seen. you look amazing. you'll certainly treasure these forever!

Bobi said...

beautiful Tab, absolutely stunning. I'm glad you did get Reid in some of the shots that was great that he didn't mind. I also love that red dress. I take back what I said about being pregnant and wearing a dress. You do it so well. love ya.

Amber said...

These are beautiful Tabitha! The ones of you and Reid in the field look natural and so sweet. What a fun gift for your baby to look back on someday. And, that red dress is seriously stunning! What a gorgeous choice. It's fun keeping up on your pregnancy through your blog. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your new little one soon :)

Courtney said...

these are amazing, so gorgeous!

mhkesler said...

You are a stunning couple, I struggle to say this but Reid is quite beautiful. And Tab wow I mean WOW, you are more beautiful now than ever. Could not be happier for the two of you.

Randy seriously quit your day job - fantastic work!