Mother’s Day Photoshoot

I’ve mentioned in passing how excited Jasper is about the babies. He talks to them (“Hello babies, can you hear me? Are you OK in there?”; “Good morning babies!”) , puts stickers on my belly for them, and hugs and kisses my belly frequently.

I decided I NEEDED a photo to remember this, also so that the girls would be able to see it one day and know how much their brother has always loved them (even since they were dinosaur eggs!)

Over the past year a local photographer Monika Eisenbart and I have been in touch mostly online (she was a blog reader before I met her!) but also in person once.  I have loved watching her work evolve and she also has a son so I figured she would be the perfect person to do a “Mother’s day session swap!”

Monika decided to bank her session for another occasion, but on Sunday she met us at a fabulous location and took some images of our family.  Originally when I picked the date I thought Jeff was going to be away on business, but he was there so we got family images as well as some of just Jasper and I – even better!

Monika mostly took images with her gear and I haven’t seen those yet, but for the last little spot we shot at she used my camera and lens (the 70-200 of course!)  so I had immediate access to process and post these.  What you see is Monika’s lovely camera work combined with my gear and post processing.. I can’t wait to see and share what Monika shot and will edit – but that will be another post :)

For now, here is what I have from the shoot – with my wild woman hair and all!

What I will always remember most about this shoot was how Jasper was running, tripped and fell and tore up his elbow pretty badly. It was bleeding all over and he was crying.. I thought for sure there would be no more shooting. But my boy, my brave tough little guy had a cracker, a sip of water and kept going.   Words can’t even describe how proud I am of him!

Speaking of which, I couldn’t resist seizing the opportunity of us being dressed and in a beautiful spot to get this shot of Jasper I’ve had in my head ever since we found out for sure about the girls being girls..I can’t say it’s a “gender reveal” because well, we already revealed, but lets just pretend k?

What lucky little girls they will be!

And what a lucky woman I am to have someone like Monika to take such beautiful pictures of us.. thank you Monika! We will treasure them always.

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Claudia says:

What kind of camera was used? Settings? Beautiful family! Gorgeous pictures!

Emily says:

Hey Ariana! Could you tell me what size bloom frame that is you used for the chalkboard insert?

Maegan says:

I love everything about this post and these pictures! So very excited for your family!

jbhat says:

Stickers on the belly is precious. And uh, yeah, GIRLS?!? I am thrilled (and should just probably cave and be on FB already).


Yvonne says:

I just showed Zacky these photos and for the last one told him, “Jasper’s going to be a big brother. He’s going to have 2 baby sisters soon!” He replied, “Maybe that’s why his mom’s belly is so big!” :) Beautiful photos!

Monica says:

The pictures are beautiful and you look like one hot momma. Looooove that last picture of Jasper. I too, thought I had missed the gender reveal but I am SOOO happy for you guys. Congratulations!

molly says:

Yay! Two girls! I don’t think I knew that yet but congratulations!

ariana says:

GiGi – he didn’t want to leave bear out, and to be honest he does seem like a family member so I was fine with it! Unfortunately he tended to cover his face with it, so probably not the BEST choice.. but, he totally cheered Jasper up when he fell!

GiGi says:

Oh these are SO wonderful! And I love that Jasper’s bear was included – it just wouldn’t be right w/out him! Jasper is looking so grown up. It must be truly bitter sweet for you. At least you have the girls coming to help dull that ache. :+) Thanks for sharing these awesome images! I can’t wait to see the rest.

Barb says:

I missed the original reveal – was it on here? But yay for two little girls! Congrats!

ariana says:

Ok, so maybe I didn’t blog about it?? I know I posted it on facebook. Major twin pregnancy brain. Ok, so it’s a real reveal then?? Awesome! :)

Nina says:

The second family picture is adorable! I also really love the one of Jasper alone! Can’t wait to see the rest!

pam says:

I didn’t know you’d already found out they were girls (I don’t think.) Congrats, so sweet! Love that last shot of Jasper and the balloons.

ariana says:

Thanks Jill!

@Monika.. sharp and delicious. I can honestly say it changed my photography. You can borrow it anytime! :)

Ariana it was so nice to see you again and meet your family. Jasper is the cutes buy ever!!! He was so good and easy to work with!!!! It was pleasure taking picture of your family. Btw this lens 70-200 blown my mind. It’s so sharp.

Awww! You look great!! Love that last pic of Jasper, too.