Melissa & Travis {featuring..the soon to be Ella Marie}..

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING: Cravings.. (in Melissa’s case….McDonalds:), the invisible gravitating pull that makes people want to rub your you are a good luck charm, stretchy waistbands, diminishing visibility of your own two feet, swollen ankles, heartburn, backache, and best yet…..the pregnancy “waddle”…

WHAT TO ALSO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE’ EXPECTING: Overwhelming joy, closeness with your husband, a glow that can outlast any Revlon or Maybelline bronzer, an abundance of constant encouragement from those near and dear to you, an excuse to eat gummy bear vitamins, front row parking at the mall, and best yet…the lovely anticipation of the life YOU created.

Melissa and Travis have only been in our lives for a little over a year..but we have already photographed them several times..and those few short encounters have been some of our favorites sessions ever…I love their comfort together and in front of the camera..its somewhat effortless:) They are completely trusting of our vision..even if a location looks sketchy and there are some unusual characters on bikes circling our parameters:) Pregnancy is such a monumental time in a woman’s life…and I feel so blessed Mel and Trav allowed me to put that belly to work for a few hours:)

M + T….Ella Marie has no idea what an amazing world she will be brought into in a few short weeks. Your love for eachother, the Lord, and showing that love and grace to others around you, especially to precious little Ella, will be more helpful than any tidbit of knowledge you picked up in a baby book or prenatal class…This new little life is a gift…cherish her as you do eachother!!! XOXO


Erica B. - January 24, 2011 - 2:21 pm

Oh wow, they are a beatiful couple. Its been neat to see their progression as a couple. I hope they do another shoot once Miss Ella is born.

Tina - January 24, 2011 - 2:36 pm

wow! Just stunning! What a beautiful couple and what a glowing mother to be!

Stephanie Berna; - January 24, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Ashley, you’re amazing! These pics are stunning, congrats to the soon to be parents!

Erin Michelle - January 24, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Seriously, these are the two most gorgeous people on earth. I can’t wait to see how cute their little girl will be! =) And I need to know where Melissa shops =)

Brooke Topete - January 24, 2011 - 8:57 pm

Beautiful photography, beautiful people! I LOVE them! Melissa looks AMAZING! Most stunning pregnant woman I’ve ever seen!

Nana Patti - January 24, 2011 - 10:17 pm

What a glowing, radiant and precious couple! I am impressed by the ease and graciousness that comes through each photo. This baby is going to be (just like mom and dad) beautiful inside and out!!!

Priscilla Francine Makeup - January 25, 2011 - 1:35 am

Her style is amazing, and she is the prettiest pregnant mommy ever! Gosh, you look like you had fun Ash!

Jennifer O. Romeo and Mae - January 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

This are absolutely gooooorgeous!

Whitney - January 25, 2011 - 8:54 pm

These are terrific Ashley! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and eye! After I saw your Day After session with this crazy cute couple I realized I definitely want to do a shoot like that with my husband! Fabulous job and congrats to the mommy and daddy 🙂

Rachel Absher - January 26, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Ashley, these are simply amazing. One of my favorite maternity sessions I’ve seen in a very long time. I love the tones, the location, and such an adorable couple. Love how you captured the love between them. Awesome creativity!

Rachel Absher - January 26, 2011 - 10:15 pm

P.S. I LOVE her ruffle cardigan.

Jesse Tarnoff - January 28, 2011 - 2:19 pm


Megan - January 31, 2011 - 2:18 pm

WOW!!! Finally a maternity shoot with some character. I love this!!!!

Elizabeth - January 31, 2011 - 8:23 pm

They are gorgeous and so are these photos! I can’t wait for you to do our wedding this year!

Jen - February 1, 2011 - 10:30 am

I LOVE this! I love your words about them, I just did my fingernail polish like hers…totally inspiring and beautiful! 🙂

Jaymi - February 6, 2011 - 1:47 pm

OMG cutest couple EVER! You two are amazing together!

Kasey Justus - March 4, 2011 - 11:01 am

i believe these are the most beautiful photos i have ever seen. I was completely inspired. i would definetely stop mom just to rub* (for good luck of course) that beautiful belly. Being the mother of 4 daughters, i am so jealous i didn’t have photos like these done!!

Pearl - September 6, 2011 - 6:14 pm

THis is the cutest prego couple and photoshoot I have ever seen!! Love every picture! Good Job!


Jen - December 4, 2011 - 11:12 am

I saw this on pinterest and was so glad I stopped by to look! They are awesome- so I wish I had you to take my pics when I was preggo. Although I certainly never looked as pretty as Melissa! 🙂

elena williams - February 29, 2012 - 7:52 pm

These are gorgeous! PLEASE someone tell me where the beautiful sequin top came from! Would LOVE to have something similar for my maternity pics.

Amber - March 15, 2012 - 5:31 pm

These are absolutely gorgeous! I found you on pinterest. Love your work!

Me - March 25, 2012 - 2:53 am

What a great shoot! She needs a blog with all her clothing purchases…I wish I knew where she got the sweaters!! Love the props.

Morgan - March 28, 2012 - 10:28 pm

OMG!! These are fabulous!! I really would love to know where she bought that sequenced top, I want it for my maturity session! Gorgeous work!

Melissa Cole - May 6, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Hi everyone 🙂 thanks for the sweet comments! My top is from BP (Nordstrom)… I got a few years back and but saw it there again recently about a few months ago…. good luck 🙂

Jeni - May 24, 2012 - 5:25 pm

These pictures are absolutely beautiful!! Congrats on the baby!

melissa w. - June 15, 2012 - 8:46 am

i too saw these pics on pinterest. we’re trying for #3 right now and these are my inspiration for maternity pics if/when that happens. where is the leopard sweater from? i LOVE it!

Amy - July 25, 2012 - 1:33 am

So beautiful. That couple really knows how to work the camera as well as you do!

Corey - August 10, 2012 - 9:59 pm

Beautiful!! Hope my maternity session turns out this perfect! Wish I knew where her two long sleeve sweaters are from : (

Leanne - September 9, 2012 - 11:56 am

I Love, Love, Love these pictures! Did you ever do a photo shoot of the family with baby Ella? She has got to be a beautiful baby!

mary - September 11, 2012 - 11:37 pm

Melissa~ you have great style..( do u have a style blog?) if not u need to start one!! & Ashley you rock at taking pictures!! Now please spill your outfit details( ruffle cardigan, sequin tank, flower headband & tank dress & flower n pearls necklace from your engagement pictures~ Cheers Mary

Abbey - September 22, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Delaney - September 28, 2012 - 5:25 pm

First off, these are BEAUTIFUL photos Ashley. HUGE props to you. Melissa, could you please tell me where you got your sweater that you wore over the sequined top? Also, that huge ring, it’s awesome!

Mary - October 9, 2012 - 6:55 pm

WOW! These are perfect in every way. The couple is adorable! Their clothes are so cool. Your photography is fabulous! Love every shot!

Carolyn Garibay - February 25, 2013 - 6:17 pm

I just found out I am pregnant again with my second child and I was wondering if there was anyway to ask the lady in this picture where she got her cute maternity clothes from?

nikkimarie002 - May 1, 2013 - 8:01 am

Very cute pics. Wish i would have seen this before i had my last baby. But i had 3 baby girls . Im done having kids. 3 is more than enough !! But my middle child is 4 now n her name is Ella Marie. Just like ur baby girl. Neat ….

Erin Watkins - October 24, 2013 - 2:35 am

stunning shoot. everything is perfection. can i ask where melissa got her headbands from? thank you!

Kaho - November 4, 2013 - 6:52 am

Great photos, Ashley!! Melissa Cole, you’ve got a great fashion style. If you start a blog, I would love to know about it!

Mimi - June 9, 2014 - 10:14 pm

I really love this maternity picture. Ashley, you are an amazing photographer. Melissa and Travis, you guys look amazing. This will be my inspiration for my maternity picture:) but I don’t think I ll look as good as you guys. Melissa if you read this comment, can I ask you about your engagement ring. Your ring is so stunning, can you let me know who made your ring? Thank you

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