You know that amazing moment when everything sort of just comes together and life is awesome? This session was born from a series of moments like that.
I’ve known Mercedes for a few years now, since I made an offhand comment to my son about a book series and heard someone behind me yell “oh my god, me too!”. Fortunately, the Marine Corps was kind enough to send our husbands to bases in the same city so we were able to bond even more! As soon as Mercedes told me she was expecting a bundle of joy, I knew I wanted to have her photo session at Tryon Palace, where we both volunteer as historic interpreters.
If you’ve lived here, or even just visited for more than a day or two, you know the weather can be extremely unpredictable. The forecast for her session changed regularly from sunny to thunderstorms to cloudy to being super hot and sunny. Mercedes was an absolute trooper (yay for flowy dresses and light winds!) and this session came out exactly the way I pictured in my head.
We started with the Palace Stables, the only building that is still standing from 1770. The bricks created a perfect contrast to her dark purple maternity dress. The natural light, or in this case shade, was amazingly beautiful and she simply glowed. From there, we headed to the Kitchen Gardens. We also spent time in the south lawn area, making sure to stop in at the gazebo, right behind the Palace itself, the Latham Memorial Garden, the Pleached Allée, and ending in the Palace’s courtyard and front steps. There were many more gardens we would have loved to take photos in, but due to weather and time constraints will have to wait for another day.