I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do maternity photos during my pregnancy. It’s been so gray and cold and I’ve been moving a bit more slowly lately, but luckily I had the opportunity to shoot with Abigail Joyce Photography at her Chicago area studio! I was so grateful to schedule an intimate in-studio maternity shoot with Abigail just as I hit 35 weeks. I was also able to try on some of the beautiful and elegant maternity gowns she has at her studio in Westchester, Illinois.
The simple, white wall and curtains allow the focus to be on the mom (or mom and baby!) as well as the dresses. This blush pink lace gown was my favorite! I am obsessed with lace dresses, so it was perfect for my maternity photos. After spending weeks wearing mostly comfortable, loose clothing, I needed the chance to feel pretty in a lovely dress as I near the end of my pregnancy!
I also really loved this sheer white-lace gown that Abigail had in her studio. The gown really highlights a mom-to-be’s growing belly and curves. Abigail makes sure you feel comfortable throughout your shoot, too. I had no doubt the photos would be well done.
It felt like such a treat to feel elegant in long flowy gowns like this cream color dress during my maternity shoot with Abigail. I liked how it was form fitting at the top and draped beautifully at the bottom. I’m now convinced maxi dresses are the way to go.
I fell in love with each gown I tried on. Of course, you can and should feel free to bring your own gown(s) and any baby items you’d like to feature. I chose to do my shoot alone, but you can also do family/couples maternity sessions. While she does amazing work with families and couples, I think she is especially gifted in maternity and newborn shoots, as well as mommy-and-me sessions. Check out the Abigail Joyce Photography Instagram page to see for yourself.
This was my third photography session with Abigail, so I’ve now experience three different types of shoots: couples/anniversary, family and now a maternity. I have loved her photos each time, so I completely trust Abigail Joyce Photography’s direction and talent. (Plus she sent me home with snacks and water, which this preggo appreciates!)
Abigail is a Chicago based newborn photographer specializing in newborn photography, maternity photography, and children’s portraits. She meets with clients both on location or in-home, as well as her studio in Westchester, Illinois. Abigail is a PPA and NAPCP member who serves the families of Chicago and surrounding areas. You can reach Abigail through her website contact page, or at abigail@abigailjoycephotograph
** All photos provided by Abigail Joyce Photography. All opinions are my own.
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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