When my husband and I got married, I was extremely fortunate to gain lots of wonderful new family members. But I also “married into” some really incredible friendships, as well. Shelby was one of Josh’s best friends in high school, and I am so grateful that their friendship has continued throughout their adult life, too. Shelby and her husband Blake are fun, super supportive and encouraging, and the kind of friends you can just pick up with, right where you left off, every time, no matter how long it was since we last saw each other. So I knew that when we were finally able to meet for their maternity session, we would have a blast. And despite the brutal heat and humidity and the fact that Shelby was already 8 months pregnant, we did! And these two wonderful humans absolutely knocked it out of the park.

I have always admired how beautiful Shelby is, but her beauty has really come to life over the course of her pregnancy. You can just tell that she is meant to be a mama. And she will be the best kind of mama–one that is fiercely loyal and loving, honest, supportive, and who will fight to protect her own and give them a beautiful life. When her sweet little boy arrives, I know he will be so loved, and so lucky to have such amazing (and cool!) parents. Shelby and Blake, I am so excited to watch this new chapter of your life unfold. And I am so grateful that I was able to capture this sweet, fleeting time for you before you officially become a family of three. I also can’t wait to meet this little one and watch him grow

Here are a few of my favorites from Shelby’s maternity session. Enjoy!