Underwater Maternity Portrait in Red Tulle Couture Gown

What a wild ride this summer has been! In July I was contacted by the local Charlotte NBC Station about filming another story for the news on Underwater Photography.

I had been featured by WBTV news with Caroline Hicks in June with a Family and High School Senior Styled Session. So I chose to feature Underwater Maternity Photography with Siblings for the Wake Up Charlotte Feature.

Wake Up Charlotte!

When WBNTV’s Wake Up Charlotte reached out, I offered to photograph their reporter, Hannah, in the water as part of the story. I love how willing Hannah was to jump in with me and do photos as well!!

She is a former gymnast, so of course she had some amazing moves under the water…

Underwater Photographer Featured on Wake Up Charlotte WCNTV

Underwater Maternity Photography with Siblings in Charlotte NC

Jamie was a joy to photograph for this Underwater Maternity Session. She was super easy going and willing to try whatever I suggested. However, she had one very specific request.

She wanted a photo with “all three” of her babies. She hadn’t been able to lift both girls at once for a Belly Shot with Baby Boy Blue. To have both Sisters wrapped around their Mama’s Growing Belly for a Sibling Photo was incredibly special to this Mama!

All the Babies…

No matter how gorgeous she looked in this Red Tulle Couture Gown from Sew Trendy Designs, the truly amazing part for her was that she could finally lift ALL THREE of her babies for one photo!

Well, I think it made us all cry!

Maternity Photography with Siblings in Charlotte with two Sisters wrapped around their Mama's Growing Belly for a Sibling Photo
Maternity Photography with Siblings in Charlotte NC
Maternity Photography with Siblings in Charlotte NC as oldest daughter swims to kiss Mama's Baby Belly
These girls are over the moon excited for their new baby brother!
Maternity Photography with Siblings in Charlotte NC as oldest daughter swims to kiss Mama's Baby Belly

Let’s Dive In

This photo of Jamie’s oldest daughter was the cover image for an article I wrote this summer, published in the NAPCP Inspired Magazine. “Let’s Dive In! Underwater Introduction and Inspiration” was such a fun article to write and share in the Water Issue of this beautiful publication!!

Underwater Perspective of Preschool age Girl swimming across pool to pregnant Mom.  Photo Featured in NAPCP Inspired Magazine
“Let’s Dive In! Underwater Introduction and Inspiration” was such a fun article to write and share in the Water Issue of this beautiful publication!!

Sibling Fun

I have photographed many Maternity Sessions this summer, but the majority have been for first time Mamas. It was so much fun to work with an Underwater Family Maternity Session this time.

Little Girl Blowing Bubbles Underwater in Goggles
The inspiration photo for Jamie’s daughter’s amazing artwork!!

And if this wasn’t the sweetest little girl ever! She drew this perfect little photo after she saw her Underwater Photo. I love it so much and have it framed in my office!!

Drawing of Little Girl Blowing Bubbles Underwater in Goggles
Isn’t this the best!!! My first “fan mail” artwork!

The girls are such sweet sisters and loved being in the water. Mama felt amazing in the water and the cool relief from the Summer Heat along with the added buoyancy allowed her to play, relax, and have such a fun afternoon with her two beautiful girls.

Underwater Perspective of Preschool age Girl swimming across pool to pregnant Mom
Little Girl Underwater in Goggles during Maternity Photography Siblings Session in Charlotte NC
She loved these Swim SPLASH Goggles! I love having a big box of goggles on hand and my little clients think it’s a blast to dig through and find the perfect “photo ready” pair!
Toddler Girl jumping into pool to pregnant Mom
Two Sisters sitting in the pool in Orange Swimsuits during Maternity Photography Family Session in Charlotte NC
There is something about this sweet sibling shot that just never gets old for me!

Swimmer’s Beware

Jamie’s family announced their third pregnancy to family and friends with a Jaws shark theme. When we had our consultation and planned our session she mentioned that she would love to incorporate some sort of shark theme to our session. I had photographed this sign as part of a series for Rustic Avenue‘s Nautical Product Line earlier this summer and we knew it was the perfect addition to Jamie’s session!

Underwater Maternity in Charlotte NC
Swimmer’s Beware! Baby Boy Blue is joining the Family!!
Underwater Maternity in Charlotte NC
This sign from Rustic Avenue was just too perfect not to use as the Family announced the arrival of Baby Boy Blue!!

I’m not crying – you’re crying!

My friends! This is the Gown I purchased for my own Maternity Photos when I was pregnant with Jacob – four summers ago! And I had yet to photograph another client in it.

As we were wrapping up our session Jamie asked if she could try something in Blue since their baby number three is their first boy.

And I think it was perfect.

Underwater Maternity in Charlotte NC

The third baby dress….

The dress for Mamas who, like me, realized with baby number last how special maternity photos are, what an amazing memory these photos capture, and how incredible it is for the whole family to have this art in our homes to celebrate this growing new life…

Tell me friends. How did you celebrate your baby bump with each of your pregnancies? Or what ways do you envision celebrating your future baby belly? Have you considered an Underwater Photography Maternity session with all of the siblings? I adored capturing so many Charlotte baby bellies under the water this summer! They are absolutely magical!

Underwater Maternity in Charlotte NC

Thank you Moliveri Artistry for providing amazing Underwater Makeup for our session. As always, you helped Mom feel so incredibly special and taken care of for her Underwater Maternity Session.

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

Winter is Coming…

And I can’t wait to capture more this winter when I release my Indoor Underwater Photography Pool dates for January, February, and March….

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