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sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

When I was pregnant with John, I somehow opted out of having a baby shower. I made every excuse in the world, because I really don’t like attention, but when my second pregnancy came around, my sister wasn’t having it. She gave me two choices, have a shower in my hometown, or have a shower two hours away at the beach. I had a two year old at home, a husband that travels a lot, and I was very pregnant, so of course I opted for a weekend at the beach. It was a baby shower and vacation combo that was much needed!

When we arrived in Panama City, we had another “I know you don’t like attention, but….” moment. My sister let me know that her and my mom had purchased a maternity photo shoot as my bridal shower gift which was beyond generous. I was already treated to a hotel stay and a beautiful shower, and now they topped it off with a photo shoot as well!!!

I normally don’t like all eyes on me; however, I really don’t have too many pics of myself and I knew I was in amazing hands. My sister used to be a makeup artist and stylist for a photographer, and hired DesirĂ©e Gardner, an amazing photographer in the Panama City area… so between the two of them, I was pampered all day! I literally sat in a chair while my sis did my makeup, she brought all of the clothes for the shoot, and Desiree made me feel so comfortable and kept us all laughing! I’m really happy I chose the beach as the shower location because the sunset moments we were able to capture were stunning!

The day was amazing… getting to spend quality time with my mom and sister, getting pampered, enjoying a gorgeous backdrop, and the sound of the ocean waves. I’m so ready to go back! If you are ever in the northwest Florida or Panama City area, I HIGHLY recommend DesirĂ©e Gardner photography. You can follow her at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more family, wedding, and maternity photo shoot inspiration! I can’t wait to catch up with her again for a “family of four” photo shoot soon!

Funny that I was wearing pink nail polish that weekend, since we had no idea I was having a girl!

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

sunset beach maternity photoshoot - dress - northwest florida

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Your Thoughts?

  • Trina

    Gorgeous! I love them all.

    • aw, you’re the sweetest! thanks so much trina!

  • Tara LU

    So pretty! And, wow, could you have a better location! I’m a new follower, I just realized these were from the past (so please ignore my post about the polish I guessed on your OPI blog). Such nice memories you have! Thanks for sharing.

    • heeey, @TaraLU:disqus! thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. although i took these pics months ago, I just shared yesterday, so i’m happy you commented. welcome and i hope you’ll keep in touch! good luck in the OPI giveaway :)

  • Patti LeBlanc

    These are lovely! What a wonderful way to remember an amazing time in your life.

    • the weekend is definitely an amazing memory! thank you so much @disqus_HzuJX4JOzH:disqus

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I just love those shots. I think paternity photo shoots are an absolutely wonderful way to honor the magic of being a mom.

  • Absolutely beautiful shots! I never got “belly shots” quite like these are lovely.
    What a great keepsake!

  • Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    You Look Radiant So Beautiful I Love All The Pictures, They Did A Fabulous Job!

  • Vera Sweeney

    What a great maternity shot!! I love the beach back drop, makes the pictures so peaceful.

  • Amanda

    Oh my gosh – these are so absolutely stunning! I love the one with the waves crashing. Gorgeous!

  • Adriana

    These pictures are absolutely breath taking!! You are stunning – every outfit is amazing and that backgrounds setting is just unreal! I love it so much!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    This is a perfect place for a photo shoot. I love it.. You looks so stunning and beautiful..

  • wendy polisi

    You look so gorgeous and all the ideas were perfect. I love all the photos.

  • sara

    These photos are stunning! I do not even think I have one photo of myself pregnant. You are really glowing and these photos will be great memories for you and your family.

  • These turned out fantastic! I love the outfits! I think my favorite one is the one of you in the wave!

  • The photos are amazing. I think the last image is my favorite. A beach maternity shoot is very pretty.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I really regret not doing a pregnancy shoot. These photos are so beautiful. My favorite one is the sunset photo.

  • Kathy

    These are some gorgeous photos! I really love the very first one you have shown, but they’re all really beautiful. I love the outfits you have and they all turned out great!

  • You have gorgeous work! I miss shooting on a beach!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg beautiful photos!!! You totally rocked your maternity shoot that’s for sure!!! Great job!!!!

  • Stephanie Pass

    Love these photos! They are just beautiful! I have had 3 kids and one more on the way right now, but I’ve never had maternity photos. This would be fun to do!

  • Debra Schroeder

    You know how there are some women who just look glowing and gorgeous during pregnancy? Yea, you are one of those women! Simply stunning.

  • Rozilyn Branch Cool

    Amazing idea to have the shower at the beach and the shits came iutbabsolutley beautifull

  • Lynn Dee

    Gorgeous photos! And the location that you chose was perfect! I would choose the beach as location too if I had a photo shoot like that. :)

  • Lori Felix

    Your beach maternity photo shoot looks amazing. I especially love the pic where you’re standing in the water with the waves crashing against you.

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    those are beautiful photos! what a great location and lighting, loving the look!

  • Whoa, those are truly beautiful photos. We live in Florida near the water but much farther south than Panama City. Gotta love the Gulf!

  • @weareofficially

    WOW! My favorite is the first one. I haven’t seen a similar shot anywhere at least for a pregnant lady. This makes me want to have a bump again. LOL! Just kidding, I’m always too sick to pose and fix my hair. Haha. Wonderful shots, are you going to have most of them printed? I suggest acrylic. :)