Lauren + Björn + Baby Girl | Maternity

Anyone who knows me knows that I am rarely at a loss for words. I can yammer with the best of them—just ask my husband. This is particularly odd when you know how much I like to not talk. But this is a total digression, because my point is actually that I don’t have words to describe how wonderful Lauren + Björn are (flashback to their engagement session and wedding). And if you know them, you will probably agree with me that there might not even exist the right words. They’re just that genuinely kind, caring and beautiful. So instead I’ll say here what I said on Facebook when I posted their sneak peek:

I ended 2013 with the type of session that makes my heart go pitter-patter. A beautiful couple, deeply in love and anticipating the arrival of their first child—a daughter—photographed in the warmth and comfort of their own cozy apartment. If everyone on planet earth wanted photos just like these, I could die a happy woman. :)

This sort of session is, without question, the type I want to do more of in the future. Showing people in their own spaces, just as they are. I can’t help but imagine their daughter, looking back at these images as an adult. Having taken these photos in the apartment where L+B began their relationship and their journey as husband and wife, and now where they’re starting a family, will make them all the more meaningful. And I don’t ever want to hear from anyone that their house isn’t “nice enough” to be photographed. Hogwash! Do you have windows? Do they let in light? Can you shove your clutter in a closet? Then invite me over! :D

Yammering over! Photo time!

Starting with a favorite! Just think how important this photo will be to their daughter in the future. Pardon me while I go find my tissues. :D

I love pregnant bellies, and Lauren’s is perfect!

Another favorite. This image was by request, and I think we exceeded expectations. So beautiful.

Sometimes you can tell how kind a person is just by their eyes. Björn is one of those people (so’s my husband!); he wears his love for Lauren on his sleeve and it is heartwarming to see. Just look! He’s so excited to become a dad. :)

This was actually just a test shot to check light and turned out to be a favorite. I love it because they weren’t paying any attention to me at all. :)

Be still my little heart. Favorite.

The light in their apartment was unreal. Their apartment in general was unreal; it was perfectly simple and perfectly them.

I’m pretty sure Björn was making stupid faces at Lauren to get her to laugh. Success! :D (P.S. Inspired by this photo of Diane Keaton. I think we did better.)

To end their session we dashed up to their roof before the sun completely set. That rusty smudge in the background of the photo on the right? The Golden Gate Bridge. The photo on the left? Favorite.

I just went back through and proofread this blog post only to realize that I labeled almost every image a favorite. I cannot tell a lie! Lauren + Björn, I have adored you since the moment I met you two years ago to talk about your wedding. I am so excited for what your future holds. Your gentle, sweet spirits will serve you and your family so well, and I have the utmost confidence that you will walk gracefully into parenthood. I look forward to meeting (and photographing!) your baby girl, and I wait patiently to learn her name and see how she takes after each of you. She is beyond lucky to have you as her parents—she is blessed. Thank you for asking me to document this season in your lives; I hope you love your photos. xo, M

January 15, 2014 - 1:38 am

Nicki Your yammering was well deserved because this session is just perfect! I can’t even pick a favorite, I love them all! I totally thought of the Diane Keaton photo when I saw that black and white picture. You ricked this maternity session! Awesome awesome job!

January 15, 2014 - 1:39 am

Nicki and by ricked this session, I meant rocked. Yikes.

You rocked this maternity session!!!

January 15, 2014 - 5:23 am

Melissa Yocum Oh wow. Please, please do more sessions like this in the future! I want one in my home! These are unbelievable gorgeous and the love between these two is so evident. Really beautiful job here!!

January 15, 2014 - 9:46 am

Laura So so beautiful!! I went back and looked at their engagement + wedding photos and all I can say is what a treasure it is to have such a great relationship with this couple! My favorite is the bw with Lauren sitting cross legged on the bed, but all of these are so perfect!

January 15, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Ben You have such an awesome consistent color to your photos. I’m pretty jealous. Great photos too. My favorites are the last two. :)

January 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Bobbi That black and white of Lauren in black and white backlit by the window… I just put on my thirty year goggles, viewed it through the eyes of their future daughter and teared up a bit. Okay, enough creeper cheese from me… the images are so beautiful Molly. You should be proud of the work that you’re doing. :) Love and miss!

January 15, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Suzanne the first shot looking down on them – awesome! i like the soft pink, laid back outfits too- REAL maternity wear. how you really want to remember it. you rock at framing and looking at things differently. super cute session!

January 15, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Megan D Molly! Love love love this!!! You are just so good. That Diane Keaton image? I spotted it immediately! And I think you blew hers outta the water. I LOVE it! Great job!

January 15, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Zach and Sarah Beautiful. When that baby is older, it going to cherish these images of mom and dad. LOVE the last ones outside, and her glasses are super-cute!

January 15, 2014 - 7:12 pm

maike rinaye Aww, I love good maternity pictures! These are great, and seem to show their personality so well.

January 17, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Nichole I love that you did these in the home (and the couple outside are so lovely also). Great light, and they look so comfy and happy! They look excited to be expecting. So well captured!

January 17, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Rachel I love these. They are so soft, beautiful and sweet. Fantastic job!!!

January 18, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Julie I LOVE the lifestyle ones…that’s a perfect maternity session in my opinion! Just lovely!

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