When Bethany told me over lunch her ideas for her pool-themed maternity session I was so excited for two reasons – 1, I have never done a pool themed shoot before and 2, with the Arizona heat as intense as it is, I thought it was a great idea.  I typically discuss wardrobe, ideas, theme, location and the feeling of what my clients envision before their sessions because I can’t even begin to tell you how important wardrobe, hair and makeup can play in a shoot.  Bethany jotted down notes and then was off to the mall to find the perfect wardrobe, and location.

I met Bethany and Paul at the Scottsdale Four Seasons at Troon North where Lizzy Marsh finished Bethany’s makeup and then assisted me during the shoot.  Yes, I jumped into the pool – but it was a kiddie pool so it wasn’t deep, but it kept me going longer than usual and we had an absolute blast!  Now if I could only have both of my feet in ice buckets during the summer I could definitely keep shooting (there’s an idea).  We started in the hotel room, then off to the pool and we couldn’t skip the gorgeous Arizona desert that was the view from their patio.

The bold and bright colors at the resort were perfect compliments to carry on our fun summer theme.  Congratulations Bethany and Paul on your little one, I know you both will be fantastic parents and he or she will be absolutely beautiful!  What a fun surprise to have!

Thank you to Grey Likes Baby for featuring this on their blog! See it here.

This girl literally takes my breath away she’s so pretty.  And, when she came out in her bikini, Lizzy and I couldn’t contain our giggles because of the cuteness.

Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North / Makeup: Lizzy Marsh

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 85 f/1.8EF / 35mm f/1.4 L / 70-200mm f/2.8EF

Diana Elizabeth says wear cowboy boots if you’re going into the desert.  She swears there’s jumping cactus that just wants to attach to your feet!