Catirya Brice Maternity Session

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Catirya Brice Maternity Session

Laid-back Island Shoot

Have you ever smelt the scent of spring flowers or the green grass on a rainy day? What about the scent of the ocean, or the salt air that kisses your skin in the summer? These are just a few things that make the earth beautiful. Capturing another form of beauty in this environment was breathtaking.

The mood of Catirya’a maternity shoot is fresh, calming and fun-loving; there is a laid-back earthy aura and I’m excited to share this session with you. I wanted to create maternity images that were relaxed and carefree. No elaborate dresses, no props, just a beautiful spirit hanging out in the grass and the sand, enjoying the life inside of her.

I chose jeans overalls for the first look, there is something airy about a jeans jumpsuit, it is fun and playful. For this look Cat's hair was held by a clip allowing her curls to be free. Her makeup was natural and flawless, done by Antonia Strachan (tonia_beautyforashes). The icing on the cake was her gold necklace with the name Riley on it. Riley is the name she chose for her baby girl.

The shoot took place at a private location in Lyford Cay. We chose a backyard with a white fence for the first half and then an open space filled with greenery for the second half. My husband Leo Creary was the grip on this shoot, providing soft lighting along with the glow of pregnancy.

Cat selected the second outfit, I loved the color she chose. I would describe this look an island dream, the blue skies, the crystal clear water, the white sandy beach and the soon to be Mom in her turquoise dress with matching earrings. How mystical is that? This look was my favorite. It reminded me of peace and tranquility. Her hair was less tamed for some of the shots in the ocean. She looked like she ruled the sea “Queen of the ocean”.

Overall it was an amazing shoot, with an awesome team!

I’ll let Catirya tell you more about the session – scroll down to read a little interview with her!

What inspired your outfit for the shoot?

The dress was very random actually. I couldn't decide what I wanted to wear but I knew for sure I wanted to be elegant but not over the top so a maxi dress like this was perfect. I just got lucky finding this at the ninth hour and in the perfect color for a beach shoot!

What was your experience on the shoot?

This was honestly the best photoshoot I've ever done. I wasn't nervous at all, everyone made me feel so comfortable, so relaxed. everyone was so professional.

Any funny stories or interesting happenings during your session?

There were so many laughs that day “lol” some just over random things, me getting caught on camera making funny faces and learning that Starbucks will pretty much put anything you ask for in your coffee.

Of all the photos we took, which is your #1 favorite and why?

This is the hardest to decide. I love each photo, even the candids somehow came out as if they were perfectly planned. visually speaking, IMG_8858 is my favorite simply because it's just a beautiful photo but IMG_8978 is what I would choose if my daughter only had one photo to remember me by. I feel like it truly captures my natural self and my spirit... I am on the beach, my favorite place to be in the world, always smiling or laughing.

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What are you planning to do with the photos from your session?

I'm an old soul with certain things. I keep photo albums so that one day my future kids and grandkids can look at them the way I did over and over at my grandparents' homes. I plan to print my favorites, create an album for Riley and have some framed of course.

What is your overall experience/feeling?

Right now I just feel so blessed, even through the hard times I still felt so happy and lucky. I feel excited and hopeful for the future with her. I can't wait to meet her, to see who she looks like, watch how her feature change and to learn her as a person. I'm so excited to see the type of person she grows up to be!

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Beautiful Lake Side Wedding

Having been close friends since high school, Brittany and Joshua have spent many years developing a relationship built on trust, support and understanding. Brittany recalls how, "he was someone I could talk to and confide in and I was the same for him." Time and the trials of life would separate them but they would always find themselves back in each other's lives. Their loving friendship would develop into romance, and eventually guide them down the aisle as husband and wife.

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Joshua and I met in high school and dated for about a week and broke up! However, we were always good friends throughout high school and during college. Even though we went to different colleges (he went to Morehouse and I went to Auburn), we always found a way to catch up with one another. He was someone I could talk to and confide in and I was the same for him. We would tell each other about our horrible relationships and try to give each other advice to get through it. One thing I always told him was to be himself and be proud of who he was...no matter what. The Joshua I knew was the Joshua that I had always adored from the beginning. There was something sweet and innocent about him that attracted me to him.
After we both graduated from college, we ran into each other every now and then in our home town. I never got to hang out with Joshua because I was in a relationship at the time. He was also in transition to moving to Tuskegee to start a business. A part of me was very sad because I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, and I didn't know if I would ever see him again. Next thing I know, he's gone.
A couple of years later, I ended my previous relationship and was really ready to work on myself and take a break from the drama. One day I was at work and noticed a gorgeous picture of a little girl that Joshua posted on Facebook. I messaged him and asked if he took that photo and he told me was into photography. I complimented him on his work and apologized for the lack of communication while he was in Tuskegee. At that time I was under the impression that he was still in Tuskegee but he informed me that he returned to Huntsville. I was happy! We were only communicating via Facebook at the time and one day he asked me out on a date and of course I said "yes." Now two and half years later, we are engaged and so excited to say "I do." Even though it sounds a little cliche, our story is the epitome of the saying, "if you love something set it free, if it comes back it's yours, if not, it was never meant to be.” I wouldn't have it any other way.

Joshua and I met when we were in high school. Originally Joshua planned to propose while we were visiting Auburn University. My friends were planning to tailgate and he thought that would be a great opportunity to propose. However, the tailgate was not what we expected and was rather short. Instead, Joshua proposed in the privacy of our own home. He woke me and asked me to come to the living room. In front of me was a card and pink (my favorite color) flowers on the table. The card read "I couldn't wait to do this..." and he got down on one knee and proposed.

What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was a Mori Lee dress with majestic embroidery and a crystal beaded waistline. I wasn't particularly a picky bride. My mom and I shopped at a store called Modern Brides in Huntsville, Alabama. My junior and senior prom dresses came from there, so we had a bit of history with the store. My mom and I looked and tried on only two dresses. In my mind, I knew that I wanted something elegant and classy for my wedding, and I was a big fan of lace detail. So when I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one! I didn't have to try on several dresses. I wasn't dramatic in that way. There was no need to look anymore! We found my perfect dress in less than an hour!

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Joshua and I thought that "jumping the broom" was important to incorporate in our wedding. Jumping the broom is a African tradition and we wanted to pay homage to our ancestors. In Africa, the tradition was used to wave off evil spirits and sweep off past wrongs for a fresh start. Also, despite the stigma that goes along with jumping the broom and slavery, it was the only tradition that legitimized our ancestors' marriage at the time (until wedding rings were introduced). Knowing this, we felt compelled to include this tradition in our ceremony as a way to show respect to those who paved the way for us.

What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory is watching everyone have a great time. You could feel the love and energy that was in the air. People were dancing and laughing. I can still remember the smiles on everyone's face as they let loose. Joshua and I wanted to make sure our guests were comfortable enough to let go and enjoy the moment. We wanted our wedding to be the event that everyone came together and enjoyed one another. We wanted our family and friends to remember that "good feeling" for years to come. Mission accomplished!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? My advice for engaged couples would be to enjoy the process. It's easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a wedding, but it's important to remember to enjoy every bit of it because the time goes by fast! You don't want the time leading up to your wedding to be full of pointless arguments. It will only create unnecessary tension. Take a break from it all if you need to! Trust me, the little things that you worry about before the wedding, don't really matter on the big day.

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