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Baby's First Year and Beyond

Celebrating Family and Elegance: A Greenwich Studio Maternity Session with the Hulsizers


Greetings, wonderful readers! Join me as we dive into the details of Courtney and Charles’s family maternity session, capturing the essence of love, laughter, and a touch of elegance.

As a seasoned family photographer, I had the pleasure of working with Courtney, Charles, and their adorable son Cayden (1 1/2 – view his Belly to Baby sessions here) in my studio in Greenwich Connecticut to create a maternity session that beautifully encapsulated the uniqueness of their family dynamic.

A mama to be with honey blonde, short, curly hair, looks down at her growing belly, with a smile on her face. She wears a purple, body conscious maternity gown.
A mother to be with short, very curly hair, pulls a pose during her studio maternity session with Karen Kahn, of Looking Up Photography. Courtney wears a maternity gown with sheer sleeves.

From the beginning, Courtney expressed her desire for a blend of formal portraits and candid shots. The session was designed to include moments of intimacy, playfulness, and a touch of elegance to reflect their clean-cut style and modern farmhouse decor.

Courtney had specific requests for the grouping and poses, including individual shots of her, family photos with Charles and Cayden, and a few artistic shots – a nod to a previous session.

A mama to be kisses the cheek of her toddler son, who sits on her belly as she holds him. The little boy has a slight smile on his face. The mother's tattoos are slightly visible through the sheer sleeves of her maternity gown.
A proud papa to be in a pink and khaki linen suit, kisses his wife on the forehead. She smiles and closes her eyes as the pair hold hands, photographed during their studio maternity session in Connecticut.

Describing their family home style in Shelton Connecticut as a fusion of farmhouse, modern, and industrial, the Hulsizers bring a unique blend of edgy and clean-cut elements to their living spaces and personal fashion choices. Courtney, with her edgier personal style, effortlessly complements the family’s overall modern aesthetic.

For the session, the family chose attire that resonated with their individual styles, with Courtney’s dress serving as the focal point around which Charles and Cayden coordinated. The resulting ensemble echoed their commitment to teamwork and supporting each other.

Couples maternity session inspiration; couples maternity portrait inspiration. Charles stands behind Courtney, cradling her pregnant belly, in a modern maternity portrait.
In a playful family maternity portrait, pregnant mama and toddler son laugh as the little boy sits on his dad's shoulders. Dad is kneeling in front of his wife, kissing her pregnant belly.

Cayden, a lively toddler (check out his cake smash session, here!), brought an extra layer of excitement to the session. His infectious laughter is brought about by counting, clapping, peek-a-boo, and his favorite songs, including tunes from JLO, Daddy Yankee, and Lady Gaga.

As the session unfolded, we captured candid moments of Cayden’s laughter, his interactions with his parents, and his favorite games. These genuine moments of joy added a touch of playfulness to the gallery, showcasing the heartwarming connection within the family.

A young family of three plays a clapping game and dances to JLO, Daddy Yankee, and Lady Gaga, during their studio family maternity session captured by Karen Kahn.
Classic toddler portrait inspiration. One and a half year old Cayden is photographed in a classic white Oxford, jeans, and Timberland-style sneakers, in the Looking Up Photography studio.

The Hulsizer family values of having fun, being honest, and fostering a loving and respectful environment were evident throughout the session!

As we wrapped up the family maternity session, the Hulsizers expressed their excitement for the upcoming addition and their openness to the creative process, trusting that the images captured would be cherished memories for years to come.

In essence, the Hulsizers’ maternity session was a celebration of family, elegance, and the anticipation of a new beginning. It was a pleasure to work with this beautiful family again, and I look forward to capturing more precious moments as they continue to grow.

If you’re anticipating a new addition to your family or looking to capture the essence of your unique journey, reach out, and let’s create lasting memories together.