Sun Drenched Iowa Maternity Photography | Waterworks Park Des Moines Iowa | Capture Life Portraits


Sunday evening I had the pleasure to meet Pooja and her husband Rakesh at waterworks park for a maternity session. It was a few days prior when I had gotten a phone call around 9:40, that I almost didn’t answer because of a California caller I.D. number, but I am super glad I did!  Pooja is the sweetest gal, and was really excited to talk about maternity photos! They recently moved to West Des Moines from California and were in the search for a photographer! At first I was hesitant on maternity photos because aside from my little sister, I had not done a maternity session for quite a few years!  When she told me she had gowns and flower crowns I was SOLD! Yes Please!! I will photograph ladies in flower crowns all day everyday!


             “When we moved from California, I was worried because I would need to find a new photographer, but now I found you!”
                                                                                                                                                             — Pooja Bhadula

Pooja was specifically looking for a photographer who photographs using a lot of greenery and we both agreed that water works park would be the perfect location!!  We used some photos she liked for inspiration to start out and also created some new portraits as well. The sun was on our side for sure as we have so many photos of beautiful rays of golden light coming through the trees. As an Iowa wedding photographer, I used some of my core posing techniques for this maternity session, having to improvise some because of the baby bump. I couldn’t be more happy with how these images turned out and can proclaim without a doubt these are the best maternity photos I have ever done! If you are here in Iowa, have a bun in the oven and love flower crowns, shoot me a message and lets take some photos!!!

To Pooja and Rakesh, I am so excited for you to meet your little baby girl soon! This is such a special time in your life and I am so honored to have been able to meet you and take your portraits! <3



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