Even miracles take a little time –  Fairy Godmother

This gorgeous and magical garden maternity session is one of miracles itself.  The winter holiday setting and surroundings gives us one last glimpse of the holiday season and we know you will enjoy it too.

What We Love:

Nicole: Anvita and Tarun are expecting their baby girl in January 2017 and wanted their session to capture some of the pretty greenery in Chicago before winter hit. Luckily the Chicago Botanic Garden always has beautiful backgrounds to take advantage of, even though it did become brutally cold right before their session! We did the first half of our session in the Japanese Garden which has a gorgeous arched bridge, willows and uniquely shaped pine trees. For the second half of the session, we took advantage of the fact that CBG had set up their Christmas decor, which looked perfect with Anvita and Tarun’s comfy red outfits! After a quick stop in front of the lake, we ended in a grassy area so the two could utilize some of the props they brought. They had a collection of children’s books for their baby that they wanted to showcase. They were absolutely glowing with excitement during the whole session and I was thrilled to be able to capture these memories for them.

Lisa and Rachel: This winter garden maternity session just makes you want to snuggle in with this gorgeous couple.  There is magic in the winter setting, the holiday atmosphere, the connection between the couple and of course in the miracle of life growing inside the beautiful mom to be.  We love that a simple outfit change and change of lighting can make a single photo session look like two entirely separate photos sessions.  We hope you enjoy one last glimpse of the holiday season, we sure did!!

Gear: All images were shot with a Nikon D3 with an 85mm f1.8 lens.

Location: Chicago Botanic Garden 

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