Spring Blooms Maternity Photography at Acton Arboretum

Spring Maternity Photography Sessions Feel So Apropos

Spring is all about a new awakening from the dead of Massachusetts Winter. Everything is just starting to burst into life…such a great metaphor for the near birth of their baby boy! I have known this family for the past nearly four years. Their first maternity photography session was on a chilly March day before the birth of their first son. This year, we got lucky with our April day. It’s been a cold and rainy Spring so far but this weekend dawned warm and sunny.

couple embracing outdoors in the spring during maternity photography session
baby bump amidst the spring blooms in acton

We met at one of my favorite Metro-West locations, the Acton Arboretum. The Arboretum has everything I look for in a good photography session location. A good view of sunset, varied terrain, trails, trees, blooms, and ivy. The nice thing about an Arboretum is that they typically have something beautiful to offer during every season. Spring is all about the blooming trees! Although everything was late to bloom this year, our session was timed *just* as the first blooms were appearing. Lucky us!

black and white portrait of young boy kissing pregnant mother's baby bump during family photos

Mr. Just-Turned-3-Years was full of excited energy for our session and his impending big brotherhood. When I choose locations for each family, I like to keep in mind the age/personality of the children joining us. I am not going to recommend spots close to busy roads or with steep drop-offs to water for young active kids. The Arboretum is a great, safe option with lots of wide open space for running. In between running and a lot of giggling, we managed to catch big brother for a couple belly kisses and some snuggles with his parents!

family expecting baby boy hugging during photos

A lot of times families welcoming subsequent children feel too busy for maternity photographs. Their life is much more hectic than it was the first time around when it was no big deal to pop out in the evening for a maternity photography session. I am that Mom who had maternity photos done the first time around and then didn’t with my second. Why? I don’t remember…I am sure I was just too tired/stressed/busy (insert whatever excuse applies to you). Three and a half years removed, I feel so sad that I don’t have photos of that time in our lives that I made sure to do some before our third son was born!

young boy stares into camera during maternity photography session
boy about to become big brother touches baby bump during photo session

There is something so special about the time when your family is on the precipice of adding a new life. Everything is about to change. You are going to open your hearts to an additional child and your child(ren) are going to become big siblings for the first time (or again!). I recognize that as a photographer I value photographs more than the average person, but if it’s at all possible, make time for this type of session! I promise you’ll look back and be so happy that you did.

family photography in the spring at acton arboretum
family snuggles baby brother in mamas belly during maternity photo shoot
family holding hands and talking and laughing during family photos

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