Just when you think your season is over for the year, the perfect maternity inquiry comes in. Neha (Pronounced Nay-ha) and Mohit (Mo-hit) are expecting their first son, and It was so great to be able to arrange their winter maternity session down in Washington D.C., where they live. We met at the Lincoln Monument, and boy did we luck out. I’ve tried to focus on what Covid has blessed us with this year instead of what it’s taken away. Because well, let’s be honest, it’s taken a lot. It’s hard to focus on the positives that life has given us lately. So many pregnancies have been announced, and I’ve personally spent more time with my Husband in the entire 13 years we’ve been together because he’s on Active Duty. I’ve also gotten to photograph so many new babies this year; what a story to tell later in life that you were born during a global pandemic. When Neha inquired with me, she had found not only maternity pictures that I had taken but my Milestone sessions, more specifically my in-home lifestyle newborns, and wondered if I was still shooting them due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I was excited to respond that I was still doing them, with many precautions such as carefully watching who I was around the 2 weeks preparing for the baby’s arrival, wearing masks and even gloves if the parents requested. Being a physician herself, Neha appreciated the steps I took, and we double-booked for the impending arrival of their son.
Neha and Mohit arrived at Lincoln; Neha was beautifully wearing an Indian dress called a kaftan. Mohit was dapper wearing a Navy blazer even with a handkerchief in his coat pocket! I LOVED it! Neha had a gown to change in, which we were nervous that we wouldn’t find anywhere to change due to some public restrooms or shops being opened. Still, thankfully the Lincoln had one open, and as you can see, Neha walked out in a GORGEOUS navy blue velvet formal gown that pretty much made the 50 people at Lincoln “oooh and ahhh” It was a great afternoon in D.C. The guards even let me sneak up into the Columns, which most photographers know is a “no-no” according to the rules of shooting up there. Merry Christmas to us! I usually don’t shoot in D.C. during sunset only because of the crowds, and it makes it so challenging to give clients an image that doesn’t have 300 people in it. But, yet again, the Pandemic blessed us with a small crowd and plenty of space to shoot! Which left us a beautiful Washington D.C. Winter Maternity session!