Had an awesome maternity-family session in Santa Cruz with this adorable family of three with one on the way.

This family is a recent transplant from the San Francisco-Bay Area down to Santa Cruz. When they chatted with me about photographing their maternity-family session, they said they wanted photos that showcased their new beach life. So photos on the surf at sunset was a must.

Also, I was extra excited about photographing this crew for two reasons: one, the dad is the president of the D-league Warriors (he’s a big deal people!) and two, they’re great friends of ours! ūüôā I actually photographed mom’s baby bump during her first pregnancy. Feels like a million years ago, but it was only a little over two years ago. Wild how time flies!

Just like for their first child, baby gender is a surprise. Big brother¬†thinks he’ll be getting a baby sister – maybe he has the inside track. It wasn’t that long ago he was evicted from his mama’s belly after all. ūüôā

During our session, big brother was obsessed with the water. He has no fear of running into the waves. We played a game of run-and-jump with the parents lifting him up from the water so he wouldn’t get completely soaking wet and in-turn one of the parents wet from retrieving him. The water felt oddly warm that evening – maybe because I’m used to the frigid waters of San Francisco that no one in their right minds would willing jump into without a wet suit on. It was lovely and I had no issue with getting half wet taking some of these shots. But next time I’ll wear shorts instead of jeans!

I’ll be posting a handful more from this session so keep an eye out in the coming days.

Please contact me to schedule a maternity + newborn session. 

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