Mom Takes Maternity Photos During the Eclipse & They're Truly Breathtaking

Lisa Cruikshank/Still Pearl Photography

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible in multiple states across the US. The unbelievable event garnered national attention, with seemingly everyone in the country standing by to catch even a glimpse. While many people chose to commemorate the event with things like tattoos, special stamps, and even baby names, one woman created what may just be the most uniquely beautiful set of maternity photos of all time

  • Nichole Carver enlisted her mother-in-law, photographer Lisa Cruikshank, to document her fourth and final pregnancy.

    After giving birth to two healthy children and experiencing a stillbirth in 2014, Nichole wanted to make her last planned pregnancy as special as possible.

    At 33 weeks pregnant, Nichole and her mother-in-law, Lisa of Still Pearl Photography, set out to create their gorgeous maternity shoot. "We had planned the maternity shoot to be in the water, but when we heard about the eclipse we knew we had to try to get the shot," Lisa tells CafeMom

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  • The duo chose the perfect place for the location of the shoot.

    "We searched for a high altitude and chose Carters Dam in Chatsworth, Georgia," said Lisa.

    The two were surrounded by clear skies, tall trees, and crystal waters, making Nichole look perfectly serene in some of the first photos from the shoot. 

  • Like the rest of the country, the two had to wait patiently for the eclipse to start...

    "We got my light set up and posed Nichole and waited," Lisa told CafeMom.

    It was a little after 2:30 p.m. local time when the eclipse reached 99.1 percent totality over Carters Dam in Chatsworth on Monday afternoon.

  • Still, getting the photos perfect wasn't exactly an easy task.

    Quick thinking on Lisa's part made for one of the most unique maternity shoots we have ever seen. 

    "When it started, the sun was so high I couldn't get both her and the sun in the frame, so I had to act fast. I took a frame of Nichole and moved the camera and took a frame of the sun, but since I didn't have a solar filter, I held my glasses up in front of the lens and blindly snapped. Then [I] merged the two images together, creating a composite." 

  • The end results are incredible.

    Nichole in her flowing blue dress, standing comfortably surrounded by nature and calm under the eclipsed sun.

    It is obvious that these photos were shot with an equal measure of skill and love, creating something that the family will be able to look back on with nothing short of complete awe.