Connell Family Adventure in Blowing Rock, NC | Maternity Photography | Boone NC Photographer

Ali & Stu have a tradition of escaping to the mountains of North Carolina every year after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. They travel all the way from Jacksonville, FL (my hometown) to Blowing Rock, NC because it is one of their favorite places to getaway together.

Last year, I photographed them for their one-year anniversary and this year I had the honor of being their maternity photographer as they transition to becoming a family of three. I met up with the couple in downtown Blowing Rock again where we roamed around Main Street for the first half of their maternity photo session.

There's no better backdrop for photos than a place that you love to spend time when you're away from home on vacation. Working with adventurous families is something that I love, so it's a special treat when I have the opportunity to photograph a family while they are on an adventure in a place that they love!

This year, it was a whole lot warmer than the weather we experienced in December of 2013. There was zero snow lingering on the ground this time, but I'm not complaining because the weather we did have was incredible! Too bad I dressed all wrong for the temperature. I was burning up because I wore too many layers, although I was happy that we didn't have to deal with bitter cold and wind again.

The last half of our session took place at Bass Lake where the three of us took a leisurely stroll around the loop. I was surprised to learn that the couple had never been to this spot before during their annual trip to Blowing Rock, but I'm glad I got to take them on a new adventure to stretch their legs before the 7-hour car ride home.

It was a beautiful day for a walk in nature which, of course, made such a lovely setting for their outdoor maternity pictures. I'm pretty sure that in the pic below that Stu was whispering to Ali that he was DONE taking pictures. hehehe

CONGRATULATIONS to Ali & Stu! Y'all are just too cute together. You are going to be phenomenal parents and I am so happy about the adventures that are ahead for your growing family! You guys were such a blast to work with. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your family photographer again this year. It means the world to me that you entrust me to capture these precious memories.

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