Glamour in the Desert

Anica’s Maternity Session

At the beginning of the year, I ran a small contest on Instagram for a free maternity session. Anica, a local blogger, was the winner. As she was coming close to her due date, we didn’t have much time. We were able to find a date both of us were available, but only if it were a sunrise session. Being the morning person, and natural early riser I am, I was thrilled to do a morning session. She decided on Gates Pass for her session location, and we met just before sunset. We had pre-coordinated which of my maternity gowns she wanted to wear, but we hadn’t thought about the cool morning desert temps. It was freezing, but thankfully she had brought a warm and glamorous fur jacket.

When she donned the jacket, my vision for her session changed. I knew the images had to be stunning, pairing the breathtaking scenery of the desert with her now glamorous style. Our session was short, but full. We began before the sun crested over Gates Pass with some gorgeous images of Anica in the desert with the brilliant pink hues of sunrise. I then captured her in the middle of the road with the expanse of Gates Pass behind her. As we moved across the road I noticed a large number of blooming yellow desert plants, so I had her pose to capture the brilliant blooms.

As the sun creeped over the mountains, we explored the desert scenery incorporating the abundant cactus and mountains of Gates Pass behind her. I even captured her with snow-covered desert mountains in the distant background. We finished with a few shots of Anica on a fur blanket in the parking lot. She looking like a radiant expectant goddess.

The sun rises over Gates Pass beautifully illuminating Anica and the surrounding cactus during her desert maternity sunrise session with Belle Vie Photography in Tucson
When in Tucson, you can't take a desert photo without a saguaro. Her the beautiful Anica gracefully cradles her baby bump next to one of Tucson's giant majestic saguaros during her sunrise maternity session.
Surrounded by desert greens and the pinks of a desert sunrise, Anica cradles her bump during her sunrise maternity session at Gates Pass
The pink hue of sunrise was a gorgeous complement to the desert tones and Anica's maternity gown during her maternity session with Belle Vie Photography in Tucson
The pop of yellow flowers and glow of the rising sun were no match for Anica's beauty during her glamorous desert maternity session at Gates Pass near Tucson
Even winter in Arizona yields flowers and we used them during Anica's sunrise maternity session near Tucson
Anica with the glow of becoming an expectant momma during her maternity session with Belle Vie Photography in Tucson
Using the glow of jumping cholla quills to frame Anica during her desert maternity session near Tucson
Anica during her maternity session with the rugged mountains of Gates Pass behind her
Anica during her Gates Pass maternity session with snow covered Arizona mountains behind her
Anica during her maternity session with the mountains of Gates Pass and the sunrise behind her
Anica during her maternity session at Gates Pass during sunrise sitting on a fur blanket in the parking lot

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