At 34 weeks pregnant, I finally got around to taking maternity photos just yesterday… not cutting it close or anything, yeah? haha..
With Tessa, I took maternity photos REALLY early… like 23 weeks-ish, because my husband was joining the United States Navy and leaving for boot camp. We wanted to make sure we took the maternity photos before he left, since we had no idea what life would send our way with a huge career change like that. (We also wanted to make sure we took photos before the Navy cut off his hair!)
For Tessa’s maternity photos, we chose to take them in the Sequoias, since that is where Jonathan and I fell in love! It just seemed fitting to choose as a backdrop the location that started it all. You can CLICK HERE to see my maternity photos with Tessa in Sequoia National Park in California.
For Thyme’s maternity photos, deciding on a location was a bit trickier. We thought about using the same location but decided against it for a number of reasons. One, we want each daughter’s photos to be unique, and limit the hand-me-down habit that inevitably happens with older / younger siblings. Second, it’s really cold in the Sequoias right now, so photos would be a little frosty. Three, our car isn’t doing too hot (engine light keeps coming on, then off, on then off..) so we didn’t want to make the drive. And lastly, we wanted to find another meaningful spot!
After going back and forth (go to the coast? the zoo? the foothills?) we settled on the Kaweah Oaks Preserve in Visalia, California, just down the street from our house.
We chose this location because it offers a panorama of what the Central Valley – our home – is like: a mixture of valley, country, rolling plains and scattered oak forests. If the Sequoias represent the budding of our relationship, the Central Valley Oaks represent the growth and maturity of our relationship. We became a couple in the mountains, but we became a family in the valley!
I enlisted my sister to take these pictures, and we had a fun evening playing in the open fields till sundown. I’m so very excited for our second daughter, little baby Thyme to join our family!! God has blessed me with a beautiful family! You’ve no idea how happy I am. ^_^