Three beautiful blessings with a fourth on the way, Vanessa (The Franklin Mama) and her husband are expecting another bundle of joy. To celebrate the occasion, they gathered as a family to get some photos with Joanna Marie behind the lens. Fall in love with the cuteness of the day in some of our favorites from this family maternity session below!
Tell us about you guys as a couple/family!
Vanessa: We met when we were 17 in Canada. Married at 21 (Vegas style) and moved to Los Angeles! After 7 years in L.A. we moved to Georgia. It took 9 years of waiting for our family to grow. At one point we even became foster parents in hopes of saving a young girl from a troubled situation. That young girl DID eventually become our daughter at 18 years old. (That is Teck who is pictured.) We have lived in Franklin, TN for over 4 years now and call it our HOME. Over a year ago I changed my Instagram handle and website to The Franklin Mama with the intentions of fostering community here in our town. My heart is for no woman, whether she is single, with kids or without, to feel like they don’t have a community to be a part of. So we have been married for over 15 years with 4 girls ages 21, 6, 2 and 11 weeks!
What was the moment like when you found out you were pregnant?
Vanessa: Totally shocked! After 9 years of trying to conceive naturally, I never would have thought I would have not one, but 3 totally unexpected pregnancies! Each one has always blown me away.
How did you announce you were pregnant to your family/friends?
Vanessa: We posted to Instagram with a fun pic of our family.
How has your family reacted to your pregnancy?
Vanessa: They have always been excited!
How has your pregnancy been so far?
Vanessa: Well I am 11 weeks postpartum after being pregnant for 43+4 days!
How far along are you in the maternity photos?
Vanessa: I think I was about 40 weeks!
How did you come up with your concept/location for your photos?
Vanessa: I just walked across the street to our neighbors yard when we were losing light in our backyard. Mama was crazy pregnant, I wasn’t going far!
What was it like during the shoot working with the photographer?
Vanessa: Incredible! Joanna Marie knows how to capture our family naturally. She is so helpful in moving us around and creating fun, yet organic moments. She is also great at getting my youngest ones to laugh and have fun!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your maternity shoot?
Vanessa: Don’t overthink it! It doesn’t need to be perfect, just be you!