When I first met the Wiersma family, their oldest daughter Lucy was only 6 months old and I have had several wonderful opportunities to photograph their growing family over the years! With brother Isaac's newborn photos and now the maternity, family photos and newborn session for their third child, little Maisie, I have absolutely loved being able to photograph their family change and grow! Mom and Dad, Carrie and Nathan, are very laid back and relaxed so when it was time for their maternity and family session, we chose a location that would allow the kids space to play and explore as I captured more lifestyle and candid moments of their family together. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve was the perfect locations for them to roam and it offered a wide range of beautiful backdrops for their playful photos! There are so many lovely spots all throughout Beechwood Farms, from wooded trails to open fields with tall grass, blooming trees and a pond to check out the frogs and ducks! Carrie and Nathan also came prepared with Lucy and Isaac's favorite stuffies and some bubbles to keep the kids having fun and laughing. It was so much fun following them around as they explored the park, played chase, tickled each other and giggled and laughed the entire time!
When little Maisie arrived, I was excited to not only meet the newest member of the Wiersma family, but also observe big sister Lucy and now big brother Isaac were doing with a new baby in the house. As per my usual routine, we started with family photos and we chose a room in their house that had tons of beautiful natural light. I asked the family to sit together on the couch, cuddle and play around so that I could capture some of those truly candid moments of mom, dad and their three children. I was able to capture some snuggles, kisses and little touches from the older siblings and their new baby sister. As the family were preparing to move to another state soon, we also went outside for a few photos of them all together in front of the first home they lived in as a family. What a bittersweet image for the family as they move on from their first home and on to another amazing adventure together!
Lucy and Isaac were soon ready for a snack and playtime so we moved on to Maisie's posed newborn photos. In the pre-session questionnaire, Carrie stated that she did not have any specific color or prop preference and that she trusted my judgement in the set ups. But she did mention that the nursery colors were grey and mint, so I brought several options including complimentary colors and props, like pink and neutral tones. Maisie slept so well, with only a few breaks for feeding and snuggles, that we were able to work through several set ups. She was so snuggly and posed well for a variety of looks to their final gallery!
I am so happy that I was able to photograph the Wiersma family to celebrate their newest addition to the family and before their big move! I am always sad when such an amazing family moves away because I know I will not get the same chance to catch up with them, but I am really excited for the Wiersma's newest adventure!
All images by Becca Baker Photography
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newborn, maternity, child & family photographer
*Becca Baker Photography specializes in newborn, infant/child, maternity and family photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.*
I'm a natural light, on-location photographer in the Pittsburgh area specializing in newborn, maternity, child and family photography. I focus more on lifestyle and a contemporary style for my portrait sessions. Feel free to check out my site and leave comments!