I have had the pleasure of knowing Debbie for nearly two years now. Debbie is an incredible occupational therapist who successfully runs her own private practice (#thetherapistdream). I remember when I first met her - I was so intimidated by her professionalism and expansive knowledge of neuroscience. I would listen to her problem-solve with teachers and counsel parents with a conviction that, as a newer therapist, I have always struggled with, and think... "Will I ever be this confident?"
While knowledge and effective communication skills are certainly helpful when it comes to being successful in any profession, what really makes her incredible is her ability to connect with people. She genuinely cares about her students, and because of this, she spends a great amount of (professional and personal) time and energy advocating for what's in their best interest. Somehow, Debbie makes running a business, juggling a handful of different schools, managing therapists, and overseeing the care of all kids who seek therapy through her company look easy. #whichiscraybecauseweallknowitsnot
Aside from being a colleague I deeply respect, Debbie has also become a dear friend; so I was beyond thrilled for her when she announced her pregnancy last year!
To be honest, I have a slight obsession with maternity sessions. I've only ever photographed two mothers-to-be, but I find the season of motherhood to be beautiful unlike anything else. Debbie legitimately glowed throughout the span of her pregnancy, and these photos were taken when she was 37? weeks along. (Yeah - she's a trooper). It should also be noted that these photos were captured on the eve of Tropical Storm Hermine - which at first I was really excited about, because photographers think hair and dress and "YAY WIND!" - but when we walked out on the beach, it was a bit more like "HOLY WIND!" Somehow sand made it into my eye, and we walked through a ton of sand burrs, so what I envisioned to be the perfect maternity sesh kind of ended up feeling like "Justine and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." #behindthescenes
JK. The scans were worth it. You will notice that some of them have a significant amount of grain, and this is because I used both medium format and 35mm film during this session. The takeaway? Order larger 35mm scans. The scans themselves were also slightly underexposed, so I did a bit of work in post to brighten these beauties up.
If I have any pregnant friends reading this... any at all... who are considering doing a maternity session... DO IT. They are pure magic.