Hi everyone, and a lovely good morning to you all!

We’ve got some serious reason to celebrate! Tamika and Marko are officially having a little princess, due in three short weeks if not sooner! If that isn’t reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is!

I had the joy of photographing Tamika and the rest of the family at Lion’s Bridge in Newport News, and she was just as stunning as can be. I was not expecting the wonderful white maternity dress and pink flower crown. Together with the smiles of the expecting parents and daughter, it made for the perfect maternity session – especially with the overcast sky and gentle light it provided giving the session a simple and bright vibe.

Dad agrees she’s a beauty, too – naturally! The whole look for the session was simple and and focusing on their family as a whole, and the joy of a new baby coming soon.

“He made sure I was pampered a few days before the photo shoot.,” says Tamika. That’s so sweet, and definitely a wonderful way to take a expecting mother’s mind off something that could be stressful or a thing to overthink!

So far, Tamika has had a somewhat easy pregnancy. “Besides the sickness in the beginning and the tiredness it has been pretty smooth.” Like most moms in their final trimester, she is counting down the days until Ms. Amari is welcomed into our world!

Even though Tamika expressed she was a somewhat self-conscious due to the unfortunate breakouts and blemishes that come with all of the extra pregnancy hormones – she honestly looked effortlessly radiant. Her advice to being well rested is good for everyone before a session . “Pamper yourself before hand, get lots of rest,” Tamika said, and most importantly “have everyone’s outfits out and ready the night before. And then as any pregnant woman knows, “drink lots of water!”

As you can see from the pictures below, Tamika was the perfect soon-to-be mom. Any photographer would be lucky to photograph her. And that baby bump couldn’t get any cuter!

The proof is in the pictures!

View the full gallery at here.

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