Maternity

My Friends are Expecting! by Zack Wussow

My wife has known Faith for over a decade and a half, and I went to school at UConn with Vic, so needless to say, we’re super excited they are expecting their first little nugget!

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We met up to do some maternity announcements at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. By chance we were right in time for Peak Rose™, which meant sharing the park with approximately twenty other photographers. Honestly, though, the roses have never been my favorite part of Elizabeth Park, as pretty as they are. I much prefer the old greenhouse and mixed flowers planted all over the grounds.

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We enjoyed the beautiful weather, moseying around the park for a about an hour and hitting all my favorite spots. My wife came along as well and played dog wrangler with Tali, their Goldendoodle when she wasn’t needed for photos.

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I’m so excited for their maternity photos this winter and meeting their newest family member early next year!

Baby Makes Five by Zack Wussow

I had a lot of fun doing Sophy and Jeff’s engagement photos at Elizabeth Park, and their wedding was beautiful, so I was so excited when they reached about about doing some maternity photos for their first child!

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We met at a park in Vernon on a chilly (but thankfully not windy) November morning. They brought their adorable little Dachshunds, Hannah and Roxy, who were very cooperative. The trick to getting Roxy to look was to call out Hannah’s name - clearly a bit of sibling rivalry!

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Our timing wasn’t perfect - we missed some of the best foliage - but there were still lots of great settings for pictures.

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Plus, Sophy had brought along some props. You can probably guess that they are expecting a little girl!

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A quick break for story time…

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And then we called it a wrap and went to get warm.

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I can’t wait to meet the little tyke - we’ve got a plan to do some newborn photos when she makes her appearance in January!

A Pumpkin On The Way by Zack Wussow

Brittany and Vinny contacted me to do some fun maternity announcement photos. Since it was October, they got permission from Krell Farm in Farmington to do a quick photo shoot for the announcement.

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It was a short session (in part because that morning was hovering around 45 degrees…) but a lot of fun and really cute.

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I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the spring - I just know Brittany is going to be a beautiful mom-to-be!

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Throwback: Flexability by Zack Wussow

(I’m on the road a lot this month, so here’s another throwback post, to an amazing series of shoots that produced one of my favorite - and only - diptychs of my career.)

Early on, I was looking for some fun and different ways to use my studio set-up, and my friend Amanda suggested doing some photos of her yoga practice.

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She ran through a variety of positions as I used a couple of different lighting setups.

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It was a ton of fun. And an extra cool detail - when I did her maternity photos the following year, we made sure she hit a few of the same poses so we could get side by side comparisons.

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Pretty awesome! We got other excellent maternity photos as well. (Though I probably like the ones we did for her second child better...)

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Two really fun shoots!

Expecting Spring by Zack Wussow

When Eileen and I planned to do maternity photos for her in late March, I think we both expected it to be a spring shoot. So imagine our surprise when there was fresh snow on the ground!

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But Eileen and John were happy to tough it out, and I really like how the photos came out!

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I love the contrast between the monochromatic woods and Eileen's bright red dress. It's a great look.

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Thanks again Eileen and John! Can't wait to meet little John!

Miami Maternity by Zack Wussow

I recently spent about a week in Miami visiting family, and I brought my camera, because I knew some of my extended family were expecting.

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I met up with Victor and Joyce on a stretch of South Beach. As soon as a very, very small wedding cleared out, we had the beach mostly to ourselves despite the weather being beautiful. (By Connecticut standards of January, anyway...)

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The rocky pier, smooth beach, and grassy dunes made for a beautiful backdrop, and the overcast sky produced a beautiful, soft light.

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It was such a treat, and I'm glad that the timing of our trip worked out so perfectly.

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Plus, since I had my camera handy, we took some family photos. The old ones were starting to show their age and embarrass the children, so... It was time.

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Back in CT, and back to work!

Expecting by Zack Wussow

I first met Paulina and Christhian at a wedding, and then I did their engagement photos for them a while later. So I was very excited when Paulina asked me to take photos of their expanding family!

We met on a muggy summer afternoon at perennial portrait hotspot Wickham Park, and looped through the rose garden, Japanese garden, and Italian shrine. It was perfect timing - the park looked great with lots of flowers.

I'm so excited for them and their little one due any day now! I hope this becomes a trend - I'd love to see more couples come back for a maternity session!

Congratulations!

Hailey on the Way by Zack Wussow

I haven't done a lot of maternity photos, but it's always so much fun when I do. I don't need to tell you, pregnancy is amazing, maybe the most amazing thing humans do.

It's even better if you get to see it with your friends and their adorable daughter.

We set up my pop-up studio in their living room, two lights, and played around.

Little Juliet was a good sport (once she had her pancakes) and is clearly ready for her new sister to arrive.

I'm so excited to see Amanda's family expand and to meet little Hailey.