A Maternity Shoot on Turtle Beach

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Photography: Dennis Akers - DAPhotoSpot.com

Location: Turtle Beach at Siesta Key, FL

Details: Dress - Free People via Nordstrom Rack // Kimono - Band of Gypsies via Nordstrom Rack


Truth? I didn't think that I ever wanted to do a maternity shoot. Don't get me wrong, I was beyond excited to welcome a little girl into the world but pregnancy was ROUGH for me. On top of the thyroid/hormones struggle, it's crazy how disjointed your own self image can become and I just wasn't sure if I felt up to smiling, let alone showing off my bare belly bump for pictures with a stranger! But I didn't want to have regret by not capturing such a huge milestone either... I am the queen of indecision (it's fun for Rob... not really!). Knowing my anxiety over the decision (and with my due date quickly approaching), thankfully he helped convince me that we would only do the shoot in a way that felt relaxed, care-free, and 100% natural to us. Enter Dennis Akers (aka DAPhotoSpot)!

Dennis is one of Rob's SigEp fraternity brothers, and one of the most talented photographers in all the land. As an example, he recently created such an epic landscape art piece of the NYC skyline, that a ton of our friends (me included) stalked him on Facebook to drop hints in hopes of getting a re-print lol... Anyway, Dennis just so happened to be in Sarasota the same and only weekend that we had free to try and shoot so I took that as a sign. And I'm so glad I did, because spending the early evening taking a walk on the beach at sunset with Rob was magical. The experience was enhanced by Dennis' creativity and dedication to get not just one perfect shot, but to capture a moment in time for us that we'll have forever. We're lucky to have a friend in him, and cannot wait for round two with baby Arya London Brann very soon!

Check out more of Dennis' work here (especially the series with his wife called "She Goes + I Follow). Simply breathtaking!


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