Morris County Maternity & Newborn Photographer - Consistency and loyalty to the trade reaps a reward
March 7th, 2020 was the weekend before the world shut down.... I was in a maternity portrait training class with the fantastically talented, Diana Robles of Love Print Photography. After her class, I was so inspired and excited to get some models into the studio to practice what I had learned, however, I couldn't due to Covid, and our lockdowns needing everyone to stay safe. The world was silent.
I don't know about you, but I an a "note girl". I have to take notes and practice things time and time again to 'get it'. I rarely pick up something real quick, so thankfully I had my notes and during the downtime of Covid, I was able to take work as a food photographer for a wonderful business owner, Theresa of Jeremiah's Catering in Lake Hiawatha to keep up my practice. I feel like photography is like exercise or learning guitar; the benefits show if you're constantly working at it otherwise it will fade. My kids were so excited that I was photographing food, as we had breads, cakes and muffins delivered to us daily for about a week to photograph. (Yes, that's when my extra "covid weight" started, lol). But I'm so grateful for Theresa, as she gave me hope and kept me working during the down time where no one knew what to expect in the future.
When we were finally able to open up, my model here, was one of the first people I had in the studio. She and her husband came in, and we had her makeup professionally done and I'm so happy she was open to all types of styles, poses and clothing or lack there of.
It's a great feeling when you have a vision and make it come to life. My model did this for me here. We had a fun session, singing and laughing the entire time, I honestly didn't want it to end. I think all of that shows here in that WINNER stamp at the top left corner of the photo.
Many of my clients that have seen this image love it and I do, too. In fact, I have a large 20x30 framed print of it in the studio. When you're pregnant, you don't fully feel like yourself; and this to me says you're right, you're not yourself; this is the new you in all of your beauty and simplicity. It's just her and her baby. No props needed, not even her face needed, not even COLOR needed....It just her...and her new life; the new life she is bringing into the world and the new life of becoming a mother.
I'm so grateful I get to photograph beautiful moms to be and have them feel beautiful; some even say they feel prettier than they did on their wedding day. That is such a compliment.
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Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...