Ashley came to me wanting a “maternity session”…but she isn’t pregnant. No matter how hard she has tried, she isn’t pregnant. Her story does not have a happy ending…not yet, but it will. She is going to be an amazing mother…one day.
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Ashley and Carter endured the stressful and strenuous rounds of IVF and had 3 precious embryos, which they learned were all baby girls. Baby girls that they would never get to see grow up. She said that she didn’t feel justified in mourning her 3 girls because they technically weren’t babies. But they were. They were their babies and they are allowed to be sad over them.
“Most days I feel excited for what’s in store for us. I see women with children and it makes me happy and sad at the same time. Sad for our 3 daughters we never got to meet, but happy for the child I know we will have one day through adoption. I hear about teenage pregnancies and think about the wonderful life I could give that child’s child. I hear about women who hurt their children or use drugs during their pregnancy and my blood boils. I sit in the glider in our empty nursery every few days or so and think about what it will be like when I am holding our baby in my arms. It’s one of the places I feel most at peace. We have the entire nursery set up so we are prepared at any moment.”
“My husband and I have filed our FMLA paperwork and have been saving our sick leave so we can afford to stay home for a little while and get settled after he or she arrives. I even have a carseat base properly installed in my car so that when I get the call and cannot contain my excitement, I won’t have to fiddle with safely installing it. I have a diaper bag packed with boy clothes and girl clothes of different sizes, as well as diapers, different types of pacifiers, and the baby blanket I had as an infant.”
“I can’t think of anything else we could need- except our child.”
“Most days I am going on about my life as if nothing has changed in the last 10 months. But then there are the other days. The bad days. They don’t happen very often, but they do happen.”
“Sometimes the feelings build up for so long that the only thing I can do to feel any sort of relief is to let the tears fall from my eyes. It still hurts. It hurts that my body, for some unknown reason, could not give my 3 daughters life.”
” It hurts to think that I should be in the stages of being so pregnant that I am complaining that I can’t sleep and that I just want her to “be here already.” I should be getting close to weekly doctor’s visits to check how soon we might anticipate her arrival. I should be planning her first Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet I’m here with nothing to show for the warI fought except hips that are still sore 6 months later from all the progesterone injections.”
“I think about the money we spent on IVF and I feel guilty for putting that type of financial strain on my family.”
“I still hope every month that some miracle will happen, and I still feel defeated when it doesn’t.”
I have family and friends who know the right thing to say, even if they don’t realize it. My husband still goes with me to get pedicures and we both get pink polish for our little girls. People frequently ask him why his toenails are pink and he readily tells them our story. I am not shy about sharing our story either because so many women suffer in silence. I never want them to feel alone. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, no matter if you can’t see the reason at first.
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“I have been through tough times in my life and come out on the other side stronger and more appreciative of the life I have. I don’t believe you can truly appreciate all the blessings in your life until you’ve struggled. Sometimes I feel like “why me?” but in reality, why not me? Maybe there is something I need to do first or learn first. I will never have a definitive answer. For now I will do what I’ve been doing.”
“I will wait. Maybe not always patiently, but I will wait. And when the day comes for me to meet my child, I have no doubt that it will be one of the best days ever.”
MJ’s Photography is aThe Woodlands photographer located near the Katy area. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture.
I met Shaina back in High school. Her mother was my basketball/volleyball coach and what a coach she was! Shaina also coached some of my volleyball summer leagues. When Shaina inquired with me about her newborn and maternity portraits, I leaped! I love that she chose me to capture these even though we are separated by about 4 hours!
We took her maternity portraits in Dallas at the cattle drive! It was an amazing location and perfect for her!
Sweet Brenna had to be delivered in Houston due to a heart issue they found at 20 weeks. Here is her story:
“Hi! My name is Shaina and I received the privilege from God to be Brenna’s Mom. You see I am 36 and finally a first time mom and not by choice. Brenna is actually my third child but the first that I have carried to term. I figured it wasn’t in the cards for me to have my own children and then after losing my own mom to cancer, I really didn’t think I wanted to be a mom without her here with me.”
“Then after 6 years of trying I finally got a positive pregnancy test! I was so excited and scared all at the same time! My feelings overwhelmed me and I wanted to do everything I could to save this child and hold him or her in my arms. Since I am older, my OB thought it would be a good idea for me to get an in-depth ultrasound at around 4 months, we already knew that we were having a girl at this point, but we just couldn’t decide on a name. After the ultrasound was done and we had been waiting for almost 2 hours for the doctor, he came back with news that made my whole body go numb.”
He said, “There is something wrong with your daughter’s heart, she has no right side.” ” My first thought was ok what do we need to do to fix it, my second thought was, was this my fault? Brenna has a heart defect called Hypoplaste Right Heart Syndrome and it’s very rare. The doctor’s didn’t know much about it and so they sent us to Texas Children’s hospital in Houston. My husband and I were devastated and spent that ride home just crying. The people at Texas Children’s in Houston are amazing and taught us that Brenna can have a great quality of life but it wouldn’t come without many obstacles. So we made a decision as a family to move to Houston a month before her due date. On the 28th of February I gave birth to the most precious and perfect baby in the world!”
“She had her first surgery at only 10 days old and spent the first two months of her life in and out of the hospital. She will have her second surgery at only 6 months. So in the meantime we are living in Houston and staying close by her doctors.”
“This definitely has not been the traditional route to becoming a first time Mom, especially without my mom here. I have had my days of crying and wondering why me? Why Brenna?”
“Then I realize how lucky I am..God chose ME and my husband to be her parents because he believes we have the strength to do so. He picked Brenna to go through this because she is strong and we will all give the glory to God about her amazing testimony! Hopefully this brings more people into God’s wonderful kingdom. I couldn’t have done any of this without the amazing support of my family and friends and all the amazing prayers they have prayed for Brenna. I am a proud momma of an amazing heart warrior! And I am so happy that Mary Ann was able to capture this wonderful pictures of her. God is so good!!”
Sweet Brenna finally made it to the Houston area for her newborn portraits at 3 months old! She has quite the personality. After some work, I got her to sleep and captured some of the most amazing portraits of this strong, beautiful baby girl. Here is her gallery!
She was all smiles for me! Look at this sweet face.
Oh did she look gorgeous in these neutrals. She has such a classic and natural beauty with perfect features.
Mommy joined in. Looking as gorgeous as ever. All smiles with her beautiful baby girl from God.
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MJ’s photography is a Fulshear maternity photographer that specializes in newborn and maternity portraits in the Central Texas/Katy area.
I have a large selection of couture gowns that are exclusive to my clients only. I always meet every client before their maternity session. We get together, go over your vision, try on the couture gowns, and talk about all of the details of your maternity session. Everything should be perfect for your priceless memories.
Kristina loved the teal gown. It looks stunning on her!
Kristina is due with baby boy Zane next month! Dad will be coming home from his deployment to meet his first baby boy.
Kristina also wanted to wear a couture gown that showed off her perfect baby bump! This white gown from Couture Parfait https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoutureParfait was perfect for her maternity session. Isn’t she perfect?
Kristina chose this image for her 16×20 fine art canvas. I cannot wait to see it in person. It is going to look perfect hanging on her wall.
She also chose to wear the eggplant couture gown for her maternity portrait session. It hugs her in all of the right places and shows off her perfect baby belly.
I cannot decide which one I like doing best. Being a maternity photographer or a newborn photographer.
There is nothing more exciting than getting to sit down and talk to a new mom or a mom who is having another baby, about what is to come. Nothing in this world is more exciting than talking to someone about bringing another life into this world.
For new moms, its that excitement of the unknown. For moms like Audra, where Virginia is her third baby, it is all about how the siblings will be with the new baby. It is about how life will change so much, for the better of course. It never gets old and its a conversation I love having over and over with different moms during their maternity sessions.
Audra’s maternity session took place in Central Texas. She owns so many acres of gorgeous property. The different shots were endless. This one is one of my favorites, a country sunset.
Audra was absolutely stunning in her portraits. After each gown and pose, I would have a new favorite.
This shot of her on the tree turned out gorgeous! If you guys only knew the struggle behind this image. Thankfully her husband was there to help get her up and down, it was not as easy as it looks! But she was able to sit back, smile, and pull off an amazing maternity picture.
This pose with just the maternity belly is my favorite. I always document this one! Years later, it’s amazing to look back at and picture your little baby all curled up in your belly.
When she was in the eggplant couture gown, I thought it was my favorite. Then she changed into the gold couture gown and I was even more in love. She just radiates beauty.
At the end, she knew she wanted some maternity water shots and I am so glad she did because they turned out amazing!
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When I talked to Alexa on the phone before her Maternity session, I knew this session was going to be a lot of fun. Alexa and Charlie didn’t mind going to a location that including hiking, so I just knew it was going to be epic! We were going to hike up to the waterfall in Belton.
Below is one of my favorites shots from Alexa and Charlie’s maternity portrait session.
Of course being Central Texas, the day of their session was hot. Even in the evening, we were sweating. Somehow Alexa managed to keep her makeup perfectly in place and look gorgeous!
I provide the maternity gowns for my clients and Alexa chose the eggplant and the blush pink gown. She chose right, they looked fabulous on her. Below are a few of her in the blush gown.
In Central Texas, there are also some gorgeous streams. We stopped on one on the way up to the waterfall to capture some maternity portraits. I love the outdoor scenery by the stream.
Isn’t she gorgeous? Perfect baby bump!
The whole area is gorgeous. It was hard to choose which locations would be best. Here are some more maternity poses on one of the bridges.
At MJ’s Photography I strive to create a custom experience for each client. Each and every one of my maternity clients are unique in their own way. I strive to find each person’s vision and create them just as they imagine.
We stayed at the Belton park until after close. We used up every ounce of light that we could and it was worth it. Their portraits turned out gorgeous. I cannot wait to meet Miss. Macee June in a short couple of weeks and capture her very first breath into the world.
Greg and Rian’s Maternity Session – Fulshear maternity photos
Greg and Rian are expecting their first baby in just a few short weeks. They are having a son named Teddy. Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and amazing moments of a woman’s life. I always get so excited for these belly sessions. I just love the cowboys boots since we are in Texas after all!
My couture gowns are exclusive to MJ’s clients. Rian chose two! The eggplant gown looks absolutely amazing on her. At 34 weeks, she is absolutely glowing and has the perfect baby bump.
Rian chose one of my favorite locations for her maternity portraits. I think it was the perfect location for her maternity portraits.
How perfect are these two? I cannot get over the way Greg is looking at Rian, you can feel their love! Sweet Teddy is going to be showered with so much love.
Rian said her mother wanted to join in on the session and I was so glad. It has to feel so special to see your daughter carrying your grandbaby. I know she cannot wait to spoil him!
How perfect is this chevron gown with cowboy boots for this Texan girl?! What a perfect way to showcase her gorgeous baby bump! And look at that Texas sunset in Houston Texas, you can’t beat that gorgeous sunlight!
MJ’s Photography is a fine art maternity portrait photographer serving the Central Texas area.