I am always delighted to see an email from Katie. I have a long history with Katie, dating back to first being her teacher and later photographing her wedding to Andrew. Like all of her correspondences, it reflected her personality – sweet and bubbly. “…I didn’t want to bug you on a Sunday but scheduling maternity photos are definitely on my to-do list. Would you be willing to photograph us again?” Willing? I thought. I would be honored! I called Katie and within minutes we started planning. To me, locations are very important as they help tell a story and emotionally, bring you back to special memories in those spots. Since Katie and Andrew got married there, I thought it was only fitting that they would also have a maternity session at Edsel Ford House. While I have shot numerous engagements and weddings there, Katie and Andrew’s maternity session at Edsel Ford House would be my first!
It was so enjoyable, walking the grounds and reminiscing. We didn’t even get to our first spot before Andrew pointed out the bench they sat in for their last wedding photo at the House. Throughout the session, Katie and Andrew would recall and share moments from their wedding day as we toured the grounds. Katie pointed out how much fun it will be to bring their daughter back to the House one day. The one thing we didn’t do this go around was recreate their most talked about wedding picture…towards the end of their shoot, I asked Katie how adventurous she was. She responded, “Anything you want to do.” I had her climb onto an eight-foot waterfall at the edge of a pool located on the grounds, snuggle up with Andrew, and have a peaceful moment surrounded by autumn colors. I figured with a baby on board, we wouldn’t risk it. Instead, we went for a slightly tamer maternity session at Edsel Ford House.