Maria was one of the most radiant mothers to be I've ever seen. She was so calm, so happy, and so energetic. She positively GLOWED. She and Tony make a stunning couple. so when she called to ask about maternity sessions, I got excited because I knew we were going to capture some gorgeous images.
It just so happens the Maria is also one of the very best hair and makeup artists in the area. She works out of Salon Seven, and is now part of the Melanie Myhre Photography team as one of our preferred hair and makeup providers. She's become a great friend too!
We discussed wardrobe, and I found out she loved coral. I found a length of gorgeous coral fabric to make into a dress for her, and made the little gold top as well. I also had a pink tulle skirt and a flower crown I made just for dreamy photo sessions like this. The rest of the wardrobe was hers and Tony brought his as well.
We started the session at Dragonfly Mountain Lodge in Eureka Springs. I love this location for the bamboo and the gorgeous ponds. It's a pretty wonderful place to stay if you're visiting Eureka too :)
Later, we drove out to the lake for some sunset photos. If you saw the location we hiked to, you would have been amazed! We hiked down narrow, windy, and root covered trails on a fairly hot and humid day. Maria hiked it in flip flops two weeks before her due date, and walked so quickly that David and I had to hustle to keep up! Once we got down to the lake, she still looked fresh and photo ready. Amazing.
This is the layout of the album I custom designed for them. The first image is the front and back cover. Maria loves corals and pinks. Since this album will be passed on to little Ofelia one day, I wanted it to look a little like the Little Golden Books I had as a child. I found these pretty digital papers from Origins Digital Curio that fit my design idea perfectly.
Not long after our session, Maria gave birth to Ofelia Rose. Already little Ofelia is growing so fast!!! Here she is picking up her order from the studio. I am going to enjoy watching this precious little girl grow into a beautiful woman!