Jenn + Jonathan Maternity Shoot: Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Huntington Beach, CA
Since tonight seems to be a night of confessions, I guess I should admit that these photos are even older than the last post. 8 months I want to say? And even more impactful than the last set, not only do these two now have a child, rather than the cute baby bump pictured below, they have a 7 month old….as in she is much closer to being a walking toddler than a newborn baby and I still haven’t blogged the maternity photos. Yikes. I really should stay more on top of this.
But again, in the spirit of honestly, I am just going to admit that sad fact and go with it. Here is how this blog post would have read, particularly if I posted it in a more timely manner.
At 30 yrs old it is no longer an odd thing for your friends to be having babies. In fact, at this point, it seems like the “in” thing to do. Kris and I seem to be the minority (just as we were when we were amongst the first of our friends to get married when I was just 24 yrs old) in holding off on having babies. What can I say? We’re just having to much fun with each other right now. But I digress. I will say, when it is your closest friends having a baby it is still huge news and a major adjustment (albeit an exciting one).
Jenn was my “big sis” in our sorority back at UCLA. As such, you can imagine we have had some fantastic times together. Much of those were centered around our love of snowboarding an our pact that we would never schedule ourselves with Friday classes during Winter quarter so we could take long weekends up to Mammoth. This is a perfect segue into one of my favorite pastimes, including an “oldie but goodie” photo. Here is a shot of the two of us on one of these trips to Mammoth. This particular one from the 2004 season (and I wish I could have found an older one, but that might have required the extra step of scanning an actual print, who does that anymore?).
Since I waited the greater part of a year to blog this session some of the details are fuzzy but I seem to recall I had to talk her in to doing a maternity shoot (as I have done with several friends). Having never been pregnant myself, I certainly don’t know what it feels like, particularly in the later stages. I know having a belly is not something we ladies are used to and the idea of taking photos in this state might seem uncomfortable. But I firmly believe that it is such a unique time in everyone’s life that it should be documented. I am pretty sure I always use the pitch, “worst case is you hate the photos and then you don’t ever have the share them, but at least you will have them.” I don’t think I have ever had a friend regret taking these maternity photos (unless they are lying to me, in which case, keep lying friends).
Jenn’s husband is a big-time fisherman (to put it lightly). I admit it has led to some friend jealously from me as her priorities shifted from our frequent snowboard trips to their frequent fishing trips. But I am never one to shy away from trying something new and he has successfully assisted me in catching fish (often times many fish, which I demand of course) every time we have joined them on a fishing trip, so I guess I’ll give him a pass. It is because of this longtime love of fishing and the ocean that I have to give him credit for selecting the location for our photo shoot. He suggested we take their photos at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach which I had never been to despite living so close. Let’s just say, it’s become one of my favorite local photo shoot locations. Well done Jonathan.
Enjoy the highlights below:
Thank you Jenn for trusting me enough to do a maternity photo shoot when you were unsure of the idea. Thank you Jonathan for helping me discover a new and fantastic photo shoot location right in my backyard. And Jonathan, I forgive you for taking my go-to snowboarding partner making her your lifetime fishing buddy.