This maternity session had all the things we want out of any session: a Laura Palmer meanwhile hands tattoo, a David Lynch shrine, two English bulldogs, and a listening of “Bodhisattva” by Steely Dan. Also, Sarah’s haircut and X-Files discussions. We like them both a whole bunch, even if they didn’t have the world’s two most adorable English bulldogs who have the quintessential protruding jaws that any self-respecting bulldog would have. They also stick their legs out completely straight and have a bunch of face-rolls (the dogs… not Sarah and Chris) and their names are Seamus and Sasquatch. The point of this session was to document Sarah’s pregnancy and her and Chris’s life together with the pups before the arrival of baby boy in February, and we happily did just that in their wonderful home. Seamus is also getting up there in bulldog years so it was important to photograph his squishy face (he is the lighter, tanner bulldog). Sasquatch is his newer brother who was a gift to Chris on their wedding day (cutest squishiest gift ever).

Sarah and Chris met in St. Louis. Chris wore this exactly plaid shirt on their first date, as well as during their engagement pictures, and now during their maternity pictures. I officially declare that the most thoughtful and charming clothing choice from any guy we’ve photographed. He also has a pretty killer vintage Star Wars mug that has continuity clothing issues (which makes it even more awesome) and he’s seen Phish over 50 times. Sarah is very much into all things David Lynch and I firmly believe that she should be crowned Miss Twin Peaks and be presented with some sort of “Save the Pine Weasel” pin. Both Chris and Sarah are concerned their kid will like pop music in the future, but we agree that yacht rock type pop of the late 70s is 100% acceptable and even encouraged. We are excited to bring you more of these people (and pups) next month when we meet their baby who we’re sure will be totally badass straight out of the womb.

Amber and Nick are a stunner of a couple with design sense to boot. Nick’s an architect who designed their entire home in all its fabulous, making-us-jealous-with-all-its-clean-lines glory. He now has his own architecture business doing rad things for other people’s homes too when he’s not chilling in his beautiful, beautiful furniture. Amber is a nurse who has a tattoo sleeve of Charlie Harper animal images that I’ve been secretly coveting from afar since seeing her wedding photos online a couple years ago. That’s right… oddly enough, without knowing Amber at all but having seen her wedding photos online, I’ve had a picture of her saved in a secret Pinterest folder devoted to my non-existant tattoo that I’m always thinking about. She wore long sleeves for the session with us, and I didn’t make the connection until I saw a framed picture of one of their wedding photos on a shelf and saw her tattoo and was like “YOU ARE THE TATTOO GIRL!!!” And then tried to explain in the least creepy, non-stalkerish way possible how I have a picture of her saved on my computer because I really like her tattoos. I’m not sure how uncreepy this explanation sounded (pretty sure it sounded fairly creepy) but it was pretty amazing to meet my tattoo idol in real life. Together we photographed them hanging around at the NCMA park as well as in their gorgeous home, documenting their relationship with each other and what will be their third child. Also their two adorable, hilarious doggos were also present in the house and we delighted in them running quickly and sliding across the slick floor like a couple toddlers in socks. So happy to be a part of this particular time in Amber+Nick’s life! Thanks, guys!