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Rocky Mountains Maternity Photoshoot - Jennifer - Kananaskis Maternity Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Rocky Mountains Maternity Photoshoot - Kananaskis Maternity Photographer

I absolutely love driving up to the beautiful Rocky Mountains for Maternity Photoshoots. We live in such a gorgeous province with a proximity to the most breathtakingly beautiful places on Earth such as Kananaskis Country , Banff and Canmore, Alberta Canada - it would be a shame not to use this opportunity and capture the Mom-to-be with the Mother Nature.

The Rocky Mountains, also known as the Rockies, are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 4,800 kilometres (3,000 mi) from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico. Kananaskis Country  is a park system situated to the west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.

One of my most favourite spots to photograph all my gorgeous mamas is a place close to Canmore (Alberta, Canada) that features “The Three Sisters” mountains - a trio of peaks individually known as Big Sister (Faith), Middle Sister (Charity) and Little Sister (Hope).

This was an epic photoshoot as the weather was more than perfect - above 0C with some fresh snow, nice warm sun and no wind!!! I could not have wished for a better day to meet with my friend Jenn, Brett and Liam for Jenn’s Mountain Maternity session. Jenn is expecting two little girls - identical twins and since I have photographed her first pregnancy with Liam - it was super special to capture this pregnancy as well with Liam who is now 2 years old and can’t wait to be a BIG brother. He will be such an amazing big brother too - I just can’t wait to meet the twins and to capture their newborn session which will be featured here on my blog, stay tuned! Until then, enjoy this breathtaking session!

Beautiful mother-to-be in a gorgeous royal blue gown standing in front of The Three Sister mountains in Canmore, Alberta, Canada during winter. Calgary, Airdrie, Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis Maternity Photographer - Milashka photography
A little boy is touching his expecting mother’s belly.  Mountain maternity session. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful royal blue gown and is standing on the snow in front of mountains and forest. Calgary Maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Mother-to-be is wearing a gorgeous green gown and is standing on a snow infront of a forest and river in Kananaskis Country. Calgary, Alberta maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Expecting mother is wearing a green gown in the forest, standing on a snow. Maternity photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be wearing a green gown in the forest, looking at the camera and smiling. Calgary maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be is standing on a snow in a forest and wearing a green gown. Calgary and Airdrie maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Mountain Maternity session in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Mom-to-be is standing in front of Rocky Mountains on a snow, wearing a beautiful red gown. Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Mother-to-be is standing on a snow in front of Rocky Mountains and wearing a gorgeous red dress. Calgary Photographer specializing in Maternity portraiture - Milashka Photography
Mom and Dad to be standing on a snow in front of Rocky Mountains. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous blue gown. Mountain Maternity Session in Kananaskis Country. Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be in a blue gown standing on a snow with mountains in the background. Kananaskis maternity session. Calgary, Alberta maternity photoshoot
Mother-to-be is standing on a snow infront of Rocky Mountains wearing a blue dress. Calgary maternity photoshoot - Milashka Photography
Mother to be is standing on a bridge wearing a mustard gown in Canmore, Alberta Canada.
Mom-to-be in Canmore on a bridge wearing a mustard gown. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
Mountain Maternity Session in Kananaskis, Alberta. Mother-to-be is wearing a mustard gown and is standing in front of a river .

Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Aman - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer - by Mila Boekestyn

Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer

I absolutely love the Big Hills Spring Provincial park, it is located only 20 minutes away from Airdrie, AB and it is a gem of a place - it has a waterfall, multiple bridges, a river, beautiful trees - a perfect place to go for a hike with a family or of course in my case to meet my clients for a maternity photoshoot. It is a perfect place during all 4 seasons, I love going there in the winter as much as during the summer.

I am always asked - how do the moms do it - standing in the snow, wearing nothing but a gown - aren’t they cold? They certainly do not appear to be cold…Trust me - it is NOT as easy as they make it seem - for this maternity session, this brave mama was determined to get her maternity photos outside at the end of February with -15C and some snow - nothing would stop her and the result are these gorgeous, very unique portraits of her and her hubby expecting their first baby, which they will cherish forever!

So, how does one survive a winter maternity photoshoot, what shall you know or how should you prepare for this adventure? I would start by suggesting to make sure you have some blankets ready - blankets that would help to cover you in case you are brave enough to change into a different gown as well as to warm you up between the shoots. I also always suggest to wear boots (no-one would usually see what you are wearing on your feet as the gowns are long enough and will cover any footwear, so you might as well make sure your feet are nice and warm). Then of course a nice, big, easy to put on/take off jacket - you are only going to be standing in your gown for a few minutes for a photographer to take those quick shots and then you can get a little break and warm up in your jacket, so make sure you bring a warm one. Another thing to think off and bring along is something warm to drink - maybe a nice tea in a thermos or a hot chocolate? Hot drinks can definitely help to warm you up a bit from the inside. And of course don’t forget your mittens!

Beautiful mom-to-be is standing on a snow wearing a red gown in the middle of a winter. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography.
Radiant expecting parents are standing on the snow in the middle of a winter while it is snowing. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous red gown. Winter Maternity Photoshoot ideas - Milashka Photography - Calgary Maternity Photographer
Stunning mom-to-be is standing on the snow wearing a red gown and a red flower crown, while it is snowing in the middle of February at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
Gorgeous mom-to-be is standing in the snow, wearing a purple gown a holding little baby boy shoes. Maternity photoshoot ideas. Maternity Photographer in Calgary, Alberta - Milashka Photography
Stunning mom-to-be in a purple gown standing on a bridge and smiling at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography. Winter maternity photoshoot idea.
Expecting parents standing in front of a giant rock in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park.
Beautiful mom-to-be in a purple gown standing in front of a river in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography