Beach Maternity Photography: Alexi + Preston


A night at the beach and under the stars is the perfect way to welcome the third trimester.

Last December I had the honor of capturing Alexi and Preston’s maternity session at the beach in California. My sister and her husband (along with the rest of our families) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child who is due this week (Feb 8), so now seemed like a good time to finally blogging their maternity session.

Alexi and Preston are life coaches, business mentors, motivational speakers, authors, and overall awesome people. They have a pretty good plan in place to manage their businesses (which includes speaking gigs and workshops all over the world) and their new family life. Even with the unknown challenges of welcoming an infant to the pack, these two have the qualities it takes to accomplish anything!

beach maternity session
Alexi Panos, Preston Smiles, and their baby aquarius.

A little about the images we captured:

Alexi and Preston were both models before they became thought leaders. (Yes, inner and outer beauty to the max!) My goal was to get them as unposed as I could for their maternity session while they enjoyed the serenity of the early third trimester and a spot they hold dearly.

Maternity session on the Pacific Coast
Maternity session for Alexi Panos and Preston Smiles on the Pacific Coast



While visiting them in Venice Beach, CA, I knew I wanted to do a quick night shoot- and quick it was in between rain showers and cold, crazy wind. The next day we had better luck with a daytime bump session at the beach, though it was still quite breezy.

Alexi also had some more intimate pictures of them she wanted to take at “home.” They were in the process of moving while I was out there, so we took a few minutes before I left for the airport to capture some lifestyle maternity photography shots in my airbnb.

SincerelyUs lifestyle maternity session
Alexi and Preston pose at “home” for a more intimate maternity portrait.

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