I have known Cathy since freshman year in college. Back in the day we were inseparable. After 1st semester we both switched our major to Psychology and by 2nd semester we signed up for the exact same course schedule. Way too many laughs and good times with this girl! Cathy lives in Roanoke and despite the distance between us we still talk frequently. When we get together we bounce back like it was yesterday. Her spunky personality, her zest of energy, and her laugh is contagious. Fast forward 9 years, she is now married to a loving husband and a Mommy of two!!
When I found out that Cathy was expecting, I immediately raised my hand to take her maternity photos. Maternity sessions are definitely a favorite of mine!! Such an incredible miracle to document. It’s difficult to be remote from a close friend going through such an monumental milestone. I wish that I could’ve easily been there through the exciting times of her 9 month maternity journey and easily drive down the street right after her baby was born… but living 3 hours away (one way) doesn’t give me that freedom and spontaneity. So, my baby gift to Cathy was a maternity session with her family. I wanted her to have photographs to treasure for a lifetime.
Several weeks leading up to our session I searched around online for the perfect location. Roanoke has beautiful mountain views so I told Cathy I wanted us to pick a location with open air, rolling hills, tall grass, and water. Cathy picked a great location, Green Hill Park. I knew it would be perfect because she also has a good eye for photography — head over to her Facebook page to view her work and show her some love.
It had rained earlier in the day before our session so I kept my eye on the weather forecast. Luckily, we had a break in the rain during our shoot so everyone stayed dry! I arrived at the park roughly 30 minutes beforehand so I could explore and find the best portrait spots with the best light. I was getting nervous because the sun was setting faster than I expected after the storm so we had to move fast! Cathy, Matt, and Tanner arrived and we got straight to work! In less than an hour, Cathy had three outfit changes, we went to 5 different locations within the park, and I was spot on in working well under the pressure with the little amount of daylight we had to work with. It was practically completely dark outside by the time I took my last shot of the day — I LOVE my Nikon D610! The features of this full-frame body coupled with the prime lenses I use pretty much let me take photos at night!!
I love when a portrait session just clicks and I’m able to seamlessly transition between poses. Cathy was certainly a trooper with it being two weeks before her due date (we were cutting it close!) and letting me pose her laying down, in the water, on the rocks, and all! It was well worth it too — Definitely one of my favorite maternity sessions to date!
You may recognize Cathy and her cute son Tanner during their fun backyard session last year. I’m so happy for Cathy and her sweet growing family. Throughout her pregnancy they didn’t find out the gender until the day she went into labor — I cannot imagine how excited they were when they found out a few weeks ago that IT’S A GIRL!! I surprised them with a gallery-wrapped canvas delivered to their door a few days after Wesleigh made her arrival 🙂
Enjoy browsing through some of my favorites. Congratulations again to the Bishop family! I can’t wait to meet your new bundle of joy!! XOXO!!
Cathy got her hair and makeup done before the shoot… gorgeous!! 🙂
My absolute FAVORITE!! Cathy, you are stunning!!
While photographing Cathy and Matt, I looked over to find Tanner being so good and quiet… reading to himself. So cute!