I had a lot of fun taking maternity portraits last week for an expecting mother and father at the Atalaya Castle and beach in the Huntington Beach State Park. I’m still happy that I made this park in Murrells Inlet my regular location for family pictures vs the park in Myrtle Beach. As the sunset moves to later in the day, the traffic is not that bad driving down to the Murrells Inlet area. This mother was due to have her child in about 4 weeks, but even though it was a little difficult for her she did a lot of different poses and pictures with her husband.
I started out doing pictures of the couple in front of the Atalaya Castle. I usually like to start out with some pictures of a couple or family walking together to make them feel more relaxed. Then we did some more of the typical maternity portrait posed shots in front of the palm trees around the castle. I especially loved the pictures of this expecting mother leaning against the ivy covered wall of the castle and some of the fun pictures of the two of them leaning against the trees. Next we did some sitting together maternity portraits on the patio behind the castle before walking down to the beach.
Even though it was a difficult for her to get up and down, I took some portraits of them sitting together by the sand dunes that turned out beautiful. I try to time things so we get that lovely glow from the setting sun behind the dunes in that area of the park. I always try to keep taking candid pictures during a session, one of my favorite is the husband helping his pregnant wife get up, with some difficulty, from sitting on the sand. They both have huge smiles and you can tell they are having fun. It took some convincing to get them to try it near the end of the session, but the expecting mother’s husband even dipped his wife back for a kiss in front of the ocean! I hope you enjoy the pictures below. If you are interested in scheduling a session I have a special right now during April, and I still have many open spots for the rest of the year. Please get in touch!