Well, I can definitely check “act like a creeper in a parking lot” off my list. Here’s the story…
The end of my maternity leave was quickly approaching. As I thought about coming back to work and picking up my camera for the first time in 3 months, I realized I wanted my first session back to be a soul project. For it to be something special. For it to be a reflection of where my heart was. And for it be a no-pressure, time for creativity.
So I had this vision of doing a maternity shoot. Very classic. Very elegant. No props. 100% focus on the connection between Momma and baby. I had this picture of what the woman would look like, but did not know anyone who was pregnant that fit that description.
So I filed it away in the back of my mind and said, “Oh well. Hopefully one of my friends will get pregnant soon, and I can just do it then…”
But then I saw her.
I saw her in the parking lot of my children’s pre-school. My jaw literally dropped. I was like, “OMG!! That’s her!! That’s the woman I’m supposed to photograph!!”
Did I know who she was? No.
Did I step up my pace to try and meet her at the door when she walked in? Yes. But it failed. My feet weren’t quick enough.
So every afternoon I would scour the parking lot looking to see if I could find her again. And then finally, one afternoon I saw her again.
I was backing out of my parking space headed home, when I saw her walking to her car. I quickly whipped around and slowed once I got to where she was. (Side note: I drive a white suburban…which I find funny bc creeper vans are white. That just gives me a chuckle – extra creeper points.)
I rolled down my window and got her attention. Not only was she beautiful, but seriously the sweetest person ever. She not only agreed to allow me to photograph her, but she was genuinely excited that I had asked.
Thank you so much Jennifer for allowing me to photograph you…and for not thinking I was a complete creeper. Not only did you allow me to create and complete a soul project, but a sweet friendship has blossomed from it, too. Thank you.
Congratulations on your sweet little one.