Heena is an old friend from high school whom I was able to reconnect with, thanks to Facebook. Last July, she reached out to see if I was interested in doing her and her husband's maternity shoot, as they are expecting their first child in November. So many thoughts and feelings came into mind. Being asked to cover such a major milestone in someone's life is first and foremost an honor. To be honest, I have never done a maternity session before, so I was feeling a bit nervous about the whole process. I thought to myself, "Well, it can't be that much different to an engagement session." and I've done plenty of those throughout the years, so this really shouldn't be too different. Right? Right! So of course, I accepted. Otherwise, I wouldn't be writing about this. :P
We kept in touch through the next couple of months, sending each other different ideas. Heena was definitely prepared with what type of shots and poses she wanted, which helped make it easier during the day of the shoot. We are both originally from Jersey City so Liberty State Park was a natural pick. We however had to postpone the original day for the shoot due to bad weather unfortunately, but on the day we did shoot, there was not one cloud in the sky to stop us. And for October autumn day, it was still warm enough to be outside for a few hours.
The one thing I enjoy most other than taking photos is getting to know the people. I think it's an important part of the entire process because it gives more meaning to the work. Heena i
Heena met Jalpesh years later after high school so this was my first time meeting him. And in the short amount of time we were all together, I could tell he was a good guy; outgoing and fun to be around. But throughout the whole morning, I could see the love these two have for each other. And simply for that reason, I know they'll be great parents, who will love and nourish their first child unconditionally.
Best wishes, Heena & Jalpesh!