Ary is a very special person indeed and has a special place in the hearts of our family. We met her a number of years ago when she was the preschool teacher of our youngest daughter. We became friends pretty much from the outset and my husband, Joe, and I have been documenting their family since; first with baby pictures for her daughter Carla (the little girl you can see in the family pics below), family portraits, her wedding to Carlos last year and, now, a maternity session for Ary and her baby who will be arriving next month. We are so looking forward to meeting the new little one!

When it comes to maternity and family photos like these, Joe does the sessions and I take over for the newborn sessions. They require two completely different skillsets and Joe and I both know our strengths, so we make a great team by each of us focusing on what we do best.

As a wedding and portrait photographer, Joe works a lot at Duke Gardens and so he has a really good knowledge of the layout and where the best locations are for certain times of the day and at different seasons of the year. For this session, which was on a busy weekend, Joe decided to stick to one of the parts of the gardens with the least amount of people, but with some of the best natural light. We then met up with Carlos and the children for some family pics by Roney Fountain, there were people everywhere, but Joe managed to make it look like we had the gardens to ourselves.

Here are just a few of my favorites of Joe’s photos from Ary’s session. If you’re interested on booking a maternity session of your own, please do drop us a line.

Duke-Gardens-Maternity-Portrait-Photography-Ary-18-1024x683 maternity session - ary at duke gardens

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Duke-Gardens-Maternity-Portrait-Photography-Ary-16-1024x878 maternity session - ary at duke gardens

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Duke-Gardens-Maternity-Portrait-Photography-Ary-19-1024x683 maternity session - ary at duke gardens

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