Last month, Thomas and I drove up to Highlands, NC to meet our friend and photographer Ryan Ray to shoot some maternity pictures on film with him. Ryan has captured some of our most special moments over the years, from our engagement photos, to anniversaries, and even our pregnancy announcement earlier this year (I also shared this post with some of our new film images last week)! I love being able to look back on these moments and remember the exact feeling and excitement that we were experiencing. I think that’s what makes photography so special–it can almost place a memory in a time capsule. The past nine months have bonded Thomas and me together in a whole new way (even after seven years of marriage), challenged us, made us grow beyond ourselves, and given us a new purpose and outlook on life. I know within the next few days (or, who knows, weeks!), the arrival of this little one will change us forever. And we cannot wait! She’s not even here yet, but we already cannot imagine our life without her in it.
We’re so grateful to Ryan for taking these images of us, as we’ll treasure them forever, and someday show them to our little girl. We stayed at the beautiful Half Mile Farm, which is where most of these were taken. We definitely want to head back up there in the fall when the leaves are changing and it’s much cooler. The two dresses I wore were this Doen dress and this Rachel Pally maternity dress (that’s also available in non-maternity as well).