motherhood

Family photo shoot in Richmond, Virginia by Thuy Minh Hussey

Dawn and Donna are among my favorite people in the world. They are genuine, kind and lovely. I can't say enough great things about them. I have had the honor to document milestones in their lives, and this photo session was to celebrate Avery, the newest addition to their family. We met early in the day in a park in Richmond, VA, to get the best light, avoid the crowds and try to beat the heat. We got 2 out of 3 right! It got hot fast, but this family of 4 did so good as we kept them as much as possible in the shade. Avery was not as smiley as usual, possibly because of the heat. But I still got different expressions from him, and his special bond with his big sister London was captured. My favorite photos are when the moms are cuddling with their children. 

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Maternity shoot at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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I've been following Sonia's journey on her YouTube channel Layoutline where she mainly vlogs about moving to Iceland and adapting to her new life. I was attracted by her fun filming style, her nice voice and her authenticity. So going to Iceland was also giving me the chance to photograph Sonia and her husband Ingimar, as they are expecting their first child. 

I always suggest to my clients to pick a location that has a special meaning to them. Initially, I was surprised that Ingimar would choose the Blue Lagoon. Don't misunderstand me, it is a beautiful location, with its black volcanic rocks and milky blue water. But it is also very touristic, so Icelanders tend to avoid it. But it all made sense when Ingimar explained that as a child, he used to swim there, and even when it was modernized into an ultra chic spa, it still remained as one of his favorite locations. He loved it so much that he took Sonia there on their first date, to impress her! I guess it worked because she ended up moving to Iceland later on. 

There is a park next to the spa, and that's where we shot at. It was a little tricky, due to the light changing as the sun would come out at times. But fortunately, it didn't rain, hale or snow like it did earlier that day (yes. All of that in the SAME day!). Sonia and Ingimar were a lot of fun to photograph, they are the type of people you want to hang around with. And the funny thing was, one of Sonia's viewers recognized her during our shoot! It was unexpected and a fun moment, something you can see in her vlog. You can watch it further below <3

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