Columbus Ohio is a blend of cultures. With it’s soaring skyline and the Nationwide Center to the small, quaint little towns surrounding its epicenter this area of Ohio is bustling with life.
I met Elizabeth and Matthew before sunrise at the beautiful Inniswoods Metro Park on a brisk, Fall October morning. We bundled up to brave the 40 degree temps and hoped the morning sun would quickly bring us a reprieve from the chill. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and soon began to warm.
Inniswoods is a spectacular location offering visitors acres of well manicured grounds teeming with gorgeous flower beds, trails, waterways and farm buildings. A unique lattice divider painted a light blue color borders a beautiful gazebo serving as the anchor piece to the formal floral beds. Wandering down winding trails you cross over a small bridge spanning a trickling creek. Continuing on you will discover a brick and stone structure, with its moss covered stone and decay reminiscent of European ruins. A place where imagination will have you slaying dragons or chasing wee fairies amongst the brambles.
Elizabeth and Matthew are expecting their first child. They decided they did not want to know the gender until the birth, as so there are only so many things in life that can truly surprise you and the birth of your child is probably one of the most emotional and awe inspiring moments you will experience.
They chose Inniswoods Metro Park because the location has meaning to them. It is where they had their engagement photos taken 6 years ago. The couple resides in the Columbus suburb of Delaware. We had our session first thing in the morning (we were in winter coats y’all…brrrr) and decided to meet again to capture some Golden Hour images at a local river. I cannot believe we had a 30 degree temperature swing within 6 hours, but hey, we all welcomed the sunshine and perfect 70 degree afternoon.
This session was special to me because these two gorgeous people are my 2nd cousins. Elizabeth was not sure if she wanted maternity images taken, so I kind of just booked my flight and said “I’m coming”. Being a statuesque brunette she knew she wanted a darker color for her skin tones and we found the perfect maternity gown at mommabumprentals.com. It is a beautiful Merlot color that actually appears to change color in the light. One moment is looks dark wine, and the next it appears a deep scarlet. No matter the exact hue of the gown, I think she looks absolutely stunning, don’t you?
She was at 39 weeks and counting when we photographed their session, and I am happy to announce shortly after they welcomed a sweet little boy into their lives.
Congratulations to Liz and Matt and the entire Pecikonis Family!
I hope you enjoy some images from their maternity session.