Celeste & Eric


I met Celeste back when we were both playing softball at Oakland Community College. Celeste is originally from California, so to say she was shocked by Michigan's cold weather would be an understatement. Regardless, Celeste created a life here with her husband, Eric, and now they are expecting a little bundle of joy! While I don't typically photography maternity photos, for Celeste and Eric I could not pass up this amazing opportunity.


stony creek metro park


Since it was still freezing in Michigan, finding a location to do their maternity portraits deemed to be a bit tricky. The trees almost everywhere have lost their life and if I'm being honest, aren't the most appealing to photograph at times. However, my trusty spot at Stony Creek Metro Park was alive and well and so we made our journey over that way.


I've actually photographed Celeste and Eric before, so they were no strangers to being in front of my camera. This made them be a lot more comfortable than a lot of new couples are when they first get in front of the camera. Celeste wore this beautiful burnt orange dress which I thought was the perfect neutral pop of color ever. While us photographers are always recommending to stick to the neutrals for your photos, this was the perfect middle ground!


There is this beautiful field at Stony Creek Metro Park that I love being able to take my couples, so naturally we gravitated towards there next. All day the weather forecasted for clouds, so while I typically like to shoot right before sunset to get the perfect golden hour, this session was a bit different. We planned on doing this session a bit earlier and sure enough the weather changed and the sun began peaking through the clouds - YESSSS. I internally screamed as I was hoping this moment would come and it did!


forest maternity Photos


I first took a few photos with direct light on Celeste and Eric. It really gave off that magazine-esque type vibes which I LOVED. While I typically don't always do this, it's fun to experiment sometimes and get a bit creative with different lighting & posing. Of course you know I am a sun flare addict, so I had to take a few photos with some sun flares behind them. We even had enough time to do a quick outfit change, per Eric's request! Eric had really wanted to do a set of photos where him and Celeste wore black outfits while her baby belly was exposed. Although it was getting a bit chilly towards the session and we couldn't take TOO many photos, these turned out to be some of my favorites.


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Photos By Gayle does more than just take photos of people. Rather, it is capturing moments of LOVE and HAPPINESS. Singing to the skies, dancing in a field, smiles that hurt because they’re so big. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than photographing these unique details that make you and your significant other a couple. If Celeste and Eric's session puts a spark in you, you know where to click <——— right there!

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