First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes a Baby in the Baby Carriage - A Mountain Maternity Photo Shoot
By Lindsey Sachs
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage!”
The classic children’s playground tune rings true for #TeamSachs as we await the arrival of our little girl due any day now. Creating life is such a robust concept. Prior to getting pregnant, we always wondered what parenthood would bring - how would it feel? how would it change our relationship? and how would we continue to do the things we love, both independently and as a couple.
That time is knocking on our door and we’ll soon find firsthand answers to those questions many new parents also likely ponder. We may be heading into this adventure partially naive, but also with a sincere goal to maintain a lifestyle that supports our ability to nurture some of the things we value most - enriching our relationship and remaining close as husband and wife, seeking and attaining our individual personal and professional goals and new to the lineup, raising a fiercely strong, determined and well-rounded girl who cares about the communities of people she encounters.
On the brink of this transition into parenthood we were inspired to capture an evening in time of our family as we’ve known it. At first, the thought of a maternity photo shoot did not cross my mind until chatting with Beauty Director Naomi Robles, a hair and makeup artist I highly recommend to my brides. She beams so much passion for helping women feel so authentically “them” - helping to bring out their true beauty by enhancing their natural features. Over table-side guacamole and craft tacos on Pearl Street in Boulder, we discussed a vision for a #TeamSachs maternity shoot pouring over cheerful and powerful images that Naomi had curated for my mood board.
I felt thankful to have a gentle yet highly enthusiastic nudge to bring this shoot to life when typically, I’m designing and organizing styled shoots for weddings to inspire newly engaged couples. I realized this was an opportunity to channel my creativity in a new way and honor the newest milestone in our life with the same love and care I use to celebrate our COLLECTIVE/Couples.
To bring our vision to life, we invited Jennifer Morgan of Jennifer Morgan Photography to photograph the shoot. She’s a genuine friend and fellow wedding industry colleague and neighbor in the high country of Nederland. With this dynamic duo, I felt confident and comfortable as I wrapped my head around the shoot. As a first-time mom, I’ve experienced many new “firsts” this year - many mental milestones and many physical ones. Mentally, I’ve wrestled with finding patience in the process - waiting weeks for the next doctor’s appointment to confirm the viability of the pregnancy, the next ultrasound, the blood draws to rule out pregnancy complications...the waiting during the days in between were always so challenging. Meanwhile, you begin to see a physical shift in the size of your belly - a beautiful sign of your little one growing into her own, right inside of you, but yet you can’t see her.
Pregnancy is a process of trust, resilience, patience and full of so much hope. It’s often measured in days and weeks with baby being compared to the next size fruit or vegetable. Since the beginning, Chris and I formed a new Sunday morning tradition. Each Sunday, Baby Girl Sachs turned a new week, so we’d enjoy looking at our app to learn how big she was, what size fruit or vegetable she was and read about her development and the changes I could expect (most often the mom’s weekly symptoms were not predicted as favorable which we often had a good laugh at). Despite soaking in information from apps, family, friends and of course, the unsolicited advice of strangers, we’ve enjoyed sharing this experience together, remaining focused on managing the process in a way that feels authentic to us.
We planned our photoshoot to hopefully capture the best Colorado fall sunset - claiming September 18th as the date. Finding a wardrobe for the shoot became harder than expected and definitely tore at the undeniable insecurities you didn’t know you had when looking in a dressing room mirror. Boulder is not the easiest place to shop due to limited “fancier” clothing options and after a day of being in and out of dressing rooms, coming up empty handed, I totally had a breakdown moment when picking up Chris from work the same night. Apparently I was more sensitive about this subject than I thought and had my first (hormonal?) cry. It was so silly and I knew it, but it wasn’t just about finding the best outfit, it was about finding something to wear that made me feel like “me.” I wanted to be able to look back on the photos with our daughter years from now and remember feeling like my authentic self. Nothing shoots that down more than clothing you don’t feel good in.
I gave it a day and started trying on clothes already in my closet. Who knew that the red BCBG dress I wore years ago could double as a pregnancy gown? And, after a last-ditch effort trip to Anthropologie, I’d find the perfect dress for our roadside shots. Whew...mission accomplished!
After taking care of outfitting myself and the babe, and finding a handsome get-up for Chris, I focused on envisioning what I wanted to capture in this shoot. I hoped to bring out:
Our everyday gestures - lots of hugs and dance moves.
Our smiles that brighten each other’s day.
The nature that surrounds us at our home in Nederland, Colorado.
Our #TeamSachs style.
And of course, Toby too.
With a thoughtful mix of ideas, we also wanted Jennifer to use her innate talent and creativity to do what she does best and let the images come to life as they may.
The day of the shoot, Naomi arrived early with her perfectly clean and amazing kit of hair and makeup goodies. We spent time chatting and discussing all things baby as she prepared my hair and makeup. The goal was to ensure my “look” was simply a natural extension of my everyday appearance. Having Naomi to focus on managing the styling while feeling so pampered made it so much fun for me as a new momma-to-be. Plus, her positive energy is insane! It was such a delight to set life aside for a while and focus on capturing this moment in time.
While the girls were getting ready, Chris was so kind to pick up a gorgeous fall bouquet designed by Heidi Mehok of Sturtz and Copeland. Her and I met earlier this summer working one of our favorite weddings and I knew she’d have my artistic eye in mind. Sure as heck, she knocked it out of the park with the perfect boho-inspired bouquet to accompany the shoot.
Once we were ready to begin the shoot, Jennifer and Naomi teamed up to direct Chris and I so we weren’t awkwardly standing on our lawn wondering how to showcase the bump. (This was a real worry as I wasn’t about the super posed photos - you know, the totally cheesy pregnancy photos we’ve all seen). I hoped for simple real moments between the two of us and it’s exactly what Jennifer was able to capture. This photo below makes me smile so much. It’s a classic of Chris’s contagious personality and ability to rock anything in style, including my hat!
In between shots, Naomi was there to tidy up details, switch out props, jewelry and be a cheerleader. It’s not often you take the time to be in the moment with your spouse and realize that you’re honoring the creation of your first child. Having her expertise throughout the shoot made an incredible difference in the quality of the shots, allowing Jennifer to focus on directing and shooting.
It’s already been a few weeks since we stood under the setting sun behind our house cheering “it’s a wrap!” I’m so grateful for a friend who inspired us to consider and bring this shoot to life. When you’re “in the moment” of pregnancy, it’s easy to think that this stage may last forever, but before we know it, it will have actually passed and we won’t get it back.
To our little one who will see these photos, we hope they’ll give you a glimpse into the life and love you’re about to enter and how much fun + adventure we plan to have with you by our side.
If you’re considering a maternity photo shoot, it’s a 5-star experience in my book! If local in Colorado, Naomi Robles and Jennifer Morgan are your girls and if you need help with styling and planning your shoot, I’d LOVE to support you. Celebrating life milestones and bringing people together for healthy reasons is my life’s mission and I hope I’ve inspired you to consider ways in which you can commemorate the moments in your life. Moments like this are fleeting and before we know it, we’re already looking back wondering how the time went so fast.