Shelby & Pasquale's Maternity Session | Malibu, CA | San Francisco Bay Area Maternity Photographer

Shelby is my radiant sister in law. I was the maid (okay, officially MATRON) of honor in her wedding. I've known Shelby since she was just 7 years old so she truly feels like more of a sister than an "in-law" - watching her grow up and into the stunning, smart, loving woman that she is has been a gift. She was meant to become a mother so when they announced that they were expecting we were all over joyed.

We decided to do her maternity session the week after Christmas at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. Known for being extremely crowded we lucked out going on a Tuesday in the dead of winter. What a beautiful location for a beautiful couple!

San Francisco Bay Area Maternity Photographer | Virginie & Charles

When Virginie called to inquire about a maternity session I was immediately in love. Yes, I admit that I am a sucker for a beautiful foreign accent and seeing as how both Virgine and Charles are from France I was in luck! They were expecting their first child, a baby girl, and wanted to document her pregnancy in one of the most beautiful places in the states- San Francisco. Both musicians, they asked if it was okay if they brought along a guitar for Charles and a microphone for Virgine (she's a vocalist). While I don't usually love props, I do love props that are deeply important to someone's story. Music is how they met, it's what they do as professions, and they are even naming their daughter Melody!

Yet again San Francisco didn't disappoint! It was a stunning, warm evening overlooking Sutro Baths and Lands End. The only bummer was that every other photographer in San Francisco seemed to agree that it was a great spot for photos because it was packed! I actually ended up outsourcing a few photos to have people removed from my background. While sometimes it doesn't bother me there were a few photos where I really wanted the focus to stay on Virginie and Charles.

I am happy to announce that their sweet baby Melody has been born and she is STUNNING!