Maternity Photography

Gender Reveal || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

I just love this sweet couple!

I have known them prior to their engagement and have had the incredible opportunity of documenting their love grow from dating through marriage and now baby #2! To say being a photographer and documenting these incredible life moments is a privilege is a complete understatement. 

I could not be more thrilled for Courtney & Austin and their sweet baby boy who will be joining us in 2018!!! I can't wait to meet him! Here's a fun little sneak peek from their gender reveal session!

Gender Reveal by Michelle Newell Photography
Gender Reveal by Michelle Newell Photography
Gender Reveal Session by Michelle Newell Photography

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River Beauty || Pacific Northwest Maternity Photography

Oh summer, I love you.

From the warm weather, the warm air, the late evening light. I just love it! Especially when you add a beautiful mama expecting her sweet baby girl. Last night was magical!

I couldn't resist posting this teaser! More to come!

Snohomish WA Maternity Photographer
Pacific Northwest Maternity Photography by Michelle Newell

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Maternity to One Year || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

Last spring I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting this sweet family as they prepared to welcome their sweet son. I have absolutely LOVED getting to know them and their sweet baby boy who is oh so precious!

I couldn't help but share this quick teaser from their session! I absolutely love that Mama brought her maternity gown so we could re-create the image over one year later.

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Spring Beauty || Pacific Northwest Maternity Photographer

Last week the rain would not let up. It was dark and moody outside. But that didn't stop us from heading outside for some beautiful maternity portraits!

I have known Selome for quite a few years. I have had the privilege of capturing her 3 beautiful children and now this beautiful moment as she prepares to welcome her 4th. I could not be more thrilled for her and her family!

I absolutely loved that she brought this amazing dress which her sister had just brought back from Ethiopia, where her family is from. The content of Africa has a special place in my heart. Especially after living there when I was a child and going back after I graduated college... 

Can you believe she is only one week away from her due date in this picture?! She looks AMAZING and I can't wait to meet her newest addition!

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BRING ON SPRING!! || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

I have never been MORE excited to welcome the month of March ever!! It means we're ONE month closer to spring! And boy am I ready!

Ready for warmer days, the smell of life blooming on the trees and the flowers sprouting from the ground. The smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of lawn mowers and dirt under my nails from planting seeds. I - AM - SO - READY!

I am also ready for OUTDOOR shoots!! I love my studio, but I also love shooting outside. Winter doesn't keep me indoors for shooting, but it is definitely much more enjoyable then when it is 30 and below outside!

I have definitely been grateful for the rest that winter brings, but this woman is ready to be OUTSIDE in the sunshine!!! Spring is booking up QUICKLY! We're already booking late April and May. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE don't delay in reserving your session with me!! I book quickly and once we're full, we're full.

Happy 1st day of March everyone!

Pacific Northwest Maternity Photography by Michelle Newell

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Moody Maternity || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

Winter and Spring in the Pacific Northwest can definitely create some very moody and very unpredictable weather. If you're a photographer and have lived here long enough, you learn really quickly how to adapt your shoots to accommodate to what the weather is deciding and not to predictable sunny California dreams.

I absolutely love it when clients hand me the reigns and allow me to do what I do best, which is create. Don't get me wrong, I love collaborating on shoots, however, I can often envision things that others might not. Not to mention, I am very familiar with the areas that I do sessions in and know how the light works in each spot that I choose.

On this particular day we were watching the clouds roll in. Hoping that the little wet rain drops would stay put for their session. And thankfully, they did. spring had not yet sprung, and everything was pretty much still in hibernation mode. No pretty buds, no warm light, just cold moody and unpredictable skies. But that was okay!

Sometimes you just have to take what the weather is going to give you and create something beautiful and dramatic out of what could feel like a bummer of a day.

PNW Maternity Portraits by Michelle Newell Photography

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Maternity || Pacific Northwest Maternity Photographer

Every body is unique.

Every woman's story is different.

Every session is filled with vulnerability. Rawness. And organic beauty.

I can't tell you how many times I have teared up listening to the stories of how a mother became a mother. Whether there was loss, countless months, if not years, of trying or just the sheer joy of seeing that little stick tell you you're pregnant. 

I get it. I get those moments. And I also get feeling like your body is no longer beautiful because the numbers on the scale change as a life grows within. Or you see your body morphing and changing shape preparing itself so that it can bring forth this new life. We don't see ourselves as beautiful. We don't see the miraculous shape our body is becoming as lovely... However, when a woman comes to me and asks me to document the journey she is on, I take those minutes extremely serious. 

For the next 75 to 90 minutes we are together, I want to document and show her just how radiant and beautiful she really is. That she is one of the strongest, most beautiful, and gorgeous beings on this planet.

Maternity portraits are not just for reflecting on... they are truly empowering. And to read the private responses shared with me minutes after seeing their images, it makes me love my job that much more. 

Pacific Northwest Maternity Photographer
Seattle Maternity Photography by Michelle Newell
Intimate Maternity by Michelle Newell Photography
Outdoor Maternity Portrait by Michelle Newell
Intimate Maternity Portraits by Michelle Newell

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