The weekend before Thanksgiving is a time for lounging on the sofa and planning out how much stuffing you can eat while still leaving room for pie. Usually, at least. This year, we spent the weekend taking some outdoor maternity photos with Mariah and her beautiful family at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Even though it was mid-November, you can see that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in these outdoor maternity photos!
A Family Affair
While some maternity shoots are solo events, Mariah got her whole family in on the fun. Her daughters came out equipped with earmuffs and mittens, a wise (and fashionable!) decision given the chilly weather. They seemed to have an absolute (snow)ball playing around and taking photos with Mom and Dad. Of course, in addition to full family photos, we were also sure to capture some more solemn moments between Mariah and her husband. Getting down on one knee in the snow is a true sign of dedication – we think we’ll stay behind the camera, though.
Part of why we were so excited about these outdoor maternity photos was the location. Chautauqua Park is one of our favorite spots in Colorado! Chautauquas were places where adults could listen to entertaining or educational lectures in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Think TED Talks, but with much more uncomfortable clothing. The Chautauqua in Boulder, which gives the surrounding park its name, is the only Chautauqua still in operation on the western side of the Mississippi! Of course, most visitors come for the beautiful scenery rather than the learning opportunity. The United States government seems to agree, as it designated Chautauqua a National Historic Landmark back in 2006.
Want to see a different side of Chautauqua Park? Check out this family photo shoot we wrote about earlier this summer!