Museum of Life + Science Maternity Session | Christine + John | Durham Maternity Photographer

Museum of Life + Science

Durham, NC


Christine + John’s Maternity Session

This session holds a special place in my heart.  As photographers we get to be there for huge milestones in peoples’ lives, it is such an honor to be chosen to document them.  We met John + Christine a few years ago when they chose us to be their wedding photographers.  We shot their engagement session and their wedding and they were just so fun to work with and easygoing, they put so much trust in us.  When Christine messaged me a few months ago to tell me her news about their little one on the way I was so excited!!  And for her to ask us to once again be a part of a big moment in their lives was amazing.  

We were discussing locations and John came up with the Museum of Life + Science butterfly house.  I had no clue if this was a thing that we could do but I sure as hell was going to find out!  I got in in touch with Sarah, their events manager, and she set the session up.  She was so helpful and always got back to me so quickly with answers to all my questions, I highly recommend working with her!  She even tagged along during the session to help us keep guests flowing around us and showed us some gorgeous gardens behind the exhibit to use.  The butterfly house is full of lush greenery and all varieties of butterflies, its seriously magical.  There was a moment when the misters for the plants cut on and Jared looked at me and said “it’s like Jurassic Park in here” haha!  Well without the killer dinos and whatnot.   

It was such a sweet session!  Christine had a pink maternity gown custom-made for it and wore  a beautiful pearl strand along with it.  She was absolutely glowing!  They toughed out the heat and humidity with us and looked cute while doing it.  I was so nervous because I knew they had hopes that a butterfly would land on her belly…well I think we got the next best thing.  Jared scoped out a huge butterfly on a leaf and somehow picked it up without it flying away and was able to hand it off to Christine, whaaaaat!!  He’s the best, just saying, and it made for some truly unique images. 

We are so excited for little Riley to make her entrance into the world!  John + Christine, thank you for letting us be a part of this new adventure!

<3 Rachael + Jared

Venue // Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science
Hair + Makeup // Aimee Andrews

 maternity session at the museum of life and science in durham, nc

 expecting couple walks through a greenery filled butterfly house

 pregnant woman poses in a lush indoor butterfly exhibit

 see cool jurassic park mist here :P

see cool jurassic park mist here 😛

 diptych of a butterfly on a leaf and a pregnant woman in a pink dress

 pregnant woman poses in a lush tropical garden

 husband and wife cradle wife's pregnant belly

 pregnant woman holds a butterfly in her hands during her maternity session

 woman holds a blue butterfly in her hands

 blue butterfly rest with it's wings open on a green palm frond

 husband and wife hold wife's pregnant stomach in butterfly house

 couple reads Guess How Much I Love You

 husband and wife touch foreheads in a garden

 museum of life and science durham maternity session

 expecting couple holds a pair of baby pink converses

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