Carlsbad Beach Maternity // Jaclyn [Featured In : The Overwhelmed Mommy + Mother.ly + The House of Flynn Magazine May 2017 Print]
Maternity sessions are a very special thing to me — I love capturing the happiness, affection and love shown by the wonderful mamas I have the pleasure of photographing. This particular maternity session was extra special to me since this beautiful mama is my best friend.
Jaclyn was already a mother to an adorable two-year-old boy, Mason, and was expecting her second son at the time of our photoshoot. As Jaclyn is a boy-mom and is constantly surrounded by boy-related things, she and I both wanted a photo session that was all about her, and all things pretty, whimsical and feminine (bonus points if we could also incorporate some mermaid inspo).
As a quintessential California girl who loves spending time at Carlsbad State Beach with her husband and son, we knew Carlsbad would be the perfect sentimental beachy location for her. We had visions of golden sun and warm sand—things we’ve become spoiled to in Southern California; however, after months of planning her warm and sunny beach photoshoot, the weather took a turn for the very unexpected. It rained and rained (and rained) for weeks, and the skies were dark and gloomy. Even though we were a little discouraged, we decided to take a chance and still go for the sunny beach shoot we dreamt of—freezing temperatures or not.
The weather was totally on our side this day, as the sun came out moments before we arrived to the beach, creating a gorgeous golden glow. We were aware the ocean can create a foam after a storm, but we had never seen the ocean as cloud-like and dreamy as it was that day. Jaclyn looked every bit the ethereal mermaid we dreamt of, as she twirled through the ocean "clouds", catching the attention of every passer-by at the beach who stopped to watch her dance in the waves, and tell her how gorgeous she is.
Baby Tucker Daniel Blake was born on March 9, 2017, only a few weeks after our photoshoot. He is a perfect little baby and just as sweet as his mama! I’ll be posting his lifestyle newborn photoshoot very soon (spoiler: he is freaking CUTE).
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P.S. In case you ever thought it was a good idea to wear your favorite boots into the ocean... don't... (R.I.P. TO THESE BRAVE SOULS)