San Diego, California Maternity Session | Photography by Michelle Popp

August 2, 2019

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“Taking these photographs was so special to me – A celebration of our family growing while documenting our last weeks together as a family of three before welcoming our second son. My heart swelled as Michelle captured our two year old son (who was our precious rainbow baby after recurrent losses) kissing my belly and imagining him as the sweetest big brother! This was already such a love-filled shoot for us, but I will now treasure the pictures even more than I could have imagined– The day after our photography session, my husband and I found out our baby boy has a heart condition and I was admitted to the hospital. The last few weeks have been filled with uncertainty and appointments with many different doctors, but as we near the end of this pregnancy and prepare to meet our little one over a month early, I am thankful to be feeling so much peace and hope. I look at these photographs and am filled with gratitude for our family and the gift to do everything I can for them as their mother. This is simply part of our story…

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“Motherhood has given me more joy and also a greater strength than I ever knew possible. Before our son Emmett was born, we had recurrent miscarriages. It took a lot of courage to have hope for the future– Then we had our beautiful boy! Becoming his mama made me stronger, again, in so many ways. Now pregnant with our second and facing the medical issues with his heart, I am strengthened once again. Strengthened, but also softened, in a way I believe motherhood does to all of us. Strengthened with grit and with grace. With courage and faith. And with so, so, so much love.” Anna, Expectant Mother

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“I loved working with this sweet family and capturing these last moments soaking in the time together as a family of three. They are expecting their second baby boy, Hudson in a few short weeks. Emmett (big brother) is the cutest! He loved kissing his mama’s tummy, running around and exploring, and picking flowers for his mama. The very next day after our session together they received news their was a problem with their baby boy’s heart. When you’re given news that shakes your world, family takes on an entire new meaning of love and resilience. I believe it truly was divine timing that our session together took place when it did, so they were able to enjoy this peaceful time together before the uncertainty. 

Motherhood photography speaks to my soul. Being a mama to two boys, I am captivated by capturing the essence and journey of motherhood. I know how beautiful and fleeting this season is, and how much I want time to slow down to savor this unbreakable bond between us. I am so passionate about preserving these memories for mamas to cherish long after their babies have grown.” Michelle, Photographer

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MICHELLE POPP PHOTOGRAPHY
Additional Vendors: Film Processed By: Goodman Film Lab
Mom’s dress: Fillyboo
Boy’s outfit: Zara 
Hair & Make-up: Noir Beaute 
Mom: Anna with Vino & Vows

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