There are so many reasons I love taking maternity portraits, and my recent session with Helen, currently 8 months pregnant, embodied all of them. It is such an unforgettable time for any mother, and yet most women don’t take many pictures of themselves during their last trimester. One look at Helen in the dusk light surrounded by the glassy water and I knew this was a moment in her life that she will always want to remember. It is so important to take that pause before your life changes forever, even if it’s the second time around. Husband Ryan and older-brother-to-be Max, 3, joined the photo shoot for a few unforgettable family portraits. My thanks to all of them for a wonderful photo session!