Maternity Session with Melissa + Ryan by Kate Lord

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Melissa and her husband Ryan came up to New York for their Babymoon, and I had the pleasure of shooting some maternity portraits for them! I've been friends with Melissa since our senior year of college when we were assigned to do a project together in one of our photojournalism classes; we were sent to Dublin, Ireland, by the Special Olympics to produce a story about Aisling, an awesome athlete who later competed in the World Games in China (where Melissa and I worked together too!) After college, we lead twin-job lives, working at the same North Carolina newspaper (where she met Ryan!), and then working together at NBC in New York before she and her hubs moved to Georgia. They've since relocated to the Washington, DC, area, where Melissa is an AMAZING wedding and portrait photographer (she's shooting my wedding in October!)

Needless to say, she is a very special person to me, and I'm SO happy I got to work with them!

Mel and Ryan got engaged while they lived in New York, near one of the ponds in Central Park, so that's where we headed for our shoot! 

I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to meet their beautiful baby girl! I know Melissa and Ryan will be AMAZING parents!