Kwapinski Family (Maternity)

Okay, where do I begin… Well, I met Jen Kwapinski, owner of Jen’s Cakes, a few months ago at a networking event at Morton’s Steakhouse in San Jose. She had some amazing cupcakes for people to enjoy – and I fell in love with her red velvet. We got to know each other a little, and I suggested we do a maternity shoot when she was a little further along. We kept in touch, and eventually set a date once she swelled to the appropriate dimensions (ha!). I met Jen, her husband Anthony and 22mo daughter Caeden at the Asiel Design warehouse in San Jose. Jen knows the owners so we were able to have full after-hours access to the joint. Any photographer that digs the rusted-corrogated-metal-old-deteriorating-wood-flaking-faded-paint-look would absolutely die if they shot there. You could do 100 senior portrait sessions and still have variety. And the place is filled with all kinds of cool props that Asiel Design use to decorate their amazing weddings.

Back to the shoot – Jen brought several cool outfits and a few props – funky jewelry and a little electric guitar (they’re having a boy). Jen isn’t a girly-girl, so she wanted to take a different approach to her maternity photos. When she mentioned the giant black throne with big skulls on the armrests, I knew I was in for an exciting shoot. Enjoy my favorites in the slideshow below, set to a little Goo Goo Dolls music. Go to to check out all the edited photos from our maternity session.

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  • September 15, 2010 - 10:39 pm

    Jen - Jen's Cakes - CHRIS! Where do I begin? Thank you so much for taking the time to shoot our family. I know our baby girl was a little sad most of the time and I’m just so grateful for your patience and understanding. Hmmm? Must be the daddy experience you have! Thank you for being so flexible and working w/ what I wanted. I LOVE the end result. Of course I wish I was more photogenic in all of the pics but there is only so much a photographer can do with a crazy subject. 🙂 Thanks again!!

  • September 29, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Coyolxauhqui Anhder - I love the contrast in these pictures! I personally like Jen’s funny and smiley shots rather than her serious ones…but still, super cool pictures!