– Stephanie’s Secret Garden Maternity Session – Port Jefferson, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

I have had this vision for sometime now. I wanted to do it with myself while I was still pregnant with Easton, but he decided to show up early so I wasn’t able to do it. So when I found out Stephanie was also going team green I thought it would be really cool to shoot her second pregnancy and use the smoke bombs for her. Since my in laws garden was in full bloom for summer I thought it would be beautiful to shoot the session there. Seeing how it turned out to be a secret garden magical shoot. I’m so ecstatic with the end result. The light was perfectly golden and the smoke really came out how I envisioned.

After we were done playing in the garden we decided to change dresses and head down to Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson and do a few shots there too and cool off in the water since it was about 100 degrees that day.

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If you’re interested in learning more about sessions and details check out the investment page.

– The Traveling Dress – A Special Project with Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine – Jessica Michelle Photo

unnamedThe Traveling Dress Collaboration is a brilliant creative project brought together by several photographers within the Motherhood Society (Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s endorsed professional motherhood photography communication). As elite creatives, each photographer was impressed with one another’s different photography and editing style and they decided to celebrate different women, all from different ethnicity, different stages in their pregnancies and in different settings, using the exact same dress to make their unique visions come to life. Each photographer had one single week with the dress, a custom design from Sew Trendy Accessories; styling the dress with their own creative vision and shooting it with their own style, before mailing it off to the next person. To avoid creatively influencing the vision of one another, the participating photographers agreed to refrain from sharing the images until each of them had the opportunity to shoot with the dress and submit their images for publish in the magazine. The dress traveled around the United States between eight participants, each very different in shooting style and artistic voice, we are so excited to share this collaboration with you!

I had the pleasure of working with Dana who was about 22 weeks during the time of our shoot last August. I wanted to do something fun and different that I had before. Dana is an art teacher here on Long Island, so I wanted to incorporate that in some way. I originally wanted to shoot at the MET in NYC but they don’t allow editorial shoots. So I went in a different direction and played off the teacher part and what is so commonly associated with teachers? Apples! I reached out to my favorite orchard on the East End and set up shooting before harvesting began. Harbes Orchard was in its prime and the trees were full of apples that hadn’t been touched yet! Dana was stunning in the dress and the light was so dreamy. After we did some in the traveling dress I had her switch up her dress and do some in another dress I had.

Check out Dana below as well as my favorite from each of the other photographers who participated in The Traveling Dress project.

Dress : Sew Trendy Accessories

Makeup : Heather Ann Makeup

Hair : me

Location : Harbes Orchard & Gibbons Family Estate

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And here are my favorites from the other ladies who participated in this beautiful project! Be sure to check out their blog post too with more from each of their sessions linked below each image.

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Baby Rose Photography

beauty and lifestyle mommy magazine traveling dress project Violet Joy Photography

Violet Joy Photography

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Christina Baltazar Photography

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Little Love Stories 

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Norma Fayak Photography

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Smarita Vinnakota

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Stephanie Rubyor Photography