One of the very best parts of my job is getting to be friends with my clients and oftentimes, following them on their journey through life. I photographed Michael + Marlene’s Glen Ivy Golf Club wedding last spring, and was absolutely thrilled for them when Marlene posted she was pregnant. I was even more excited when they asked me to take their maternity portraits!
As we’re all located in the Inland Empire, we decided upon one of my favorite locations for photos: UC Riverside Botanic Gardens. This is a beautiful outdoor location in Riverside that is a natural complement to maternity sessions!
Lots of mamas-to-be have questions about what to wear for their maternity session! I love the look of a maternity dress, since they’re easy to wear and can be gathered nicely around the belly to show off that cute bump!
Riverside, CA is a fantastic location overall for maternity portraits! See my comprehensive article Riverside Maternity Photographer for more information on locations, tips on what to wear, and at what point in your pregnancy to schedule your maternity session!
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We started Michael + Marlene’s maternity session near the front of the Botanic Gardens! The light was filtering in gorgeously and surrounding them with an amazing glow! I loved Marlene’s teal maxi dress – it really popped off the greenery of the background!
One setting in the Botanic Garden has desert plants and it was the perfect location for a few silhouette images! I love how these turned out!
There was this gorgeous field along the side of the road when leaving the UC Riverside campus and on the way in I thought, “That would be perfect for some additional maternity portraits!” Luckily Marlene + Micahel were game to stop there and these ended up being some of my favorite images from the session! I’m always scouting for new locations and I’m glad this one worked at the end of our Inland Empire maternity session!
Doesn’t Marlene look amazing? This is one of those times I love my camera bag – it has a detachable velcro top so I often take that off and put it on the ground so my clients don’t get their clothes dirty :)