Mid April, just last month, I was getting ready for a workshop in New York City with a prominent maternity photographer. This photographer, Lola Melani, does all studio work - amazing, gorgeous portraits. But I was dying to photograph around the city. Scrolling through NYC feeds on my instagram, I came across this expecting woman. Her post made me stop in my tracks. She was a dancer!
I love dance. I used to dance in high school and I still love it. Several years back I photographed my cousin, who is a make ballet dancer and it was an incredible experience. The idea of photographing an expecting dancer was like finding a pot of gold. I reached out to her. I sometimes do model calls when I travel so that I can learn the city and get an idea of what to expect.
She was interested! But her due date was the next day. And I wasn't going to be arriving in NYC for a whole week! Luckily, baby was happy and not showing any signs of arriving soon. I told her we would keep in touch. I have three kids of my own and I understand how uncomfortable those last weeks are in your pregnancy but I couldn't help but hope baby wouldn't arrive before I could photograph her. Yes, I realize this was completely selfish of me! LOL! I wouldn't wish that on any woman...except this one!
Days went by and no baby. Fingers crossed!
The day came and still not baby. I got on the plane brimming with anticipation of my week ahead and my day ahead. My flight landed around 5pm and I left in an Uber straight to Brooklyn. Arriving at any stranger's house is a little awkward for anyone - I was in a strange city too and alone, fresh off the plane.
Nikosa and her family were warm and welcoming. I felt completely at home and comfortable once I was greeted at the door. She picked this gorgeous olive lace gown and we walked just a blocked away to a green space. She was upbeat and her energy an entire week over her due date still has me in awe.
An entire week over her due date and she proceeds to give them these amazing images.
I received a text from her that evening - late. HER WATER HAD BROKEN and she was in labor! I felt completely honored that her little girl waited for me. It was an incredible story to be a part of. I will forever remember the dancer I photographed in Brooklyn and I get to be forever tied to this sweet baby arriving earthside.