A few months ago I took a trip back to my hometown for a few photo sessions and a much needed respit. I was so excited for the opportunity to photograph my cousin’s mama/daughter maternity session in the place we grew up. Bakersfield was covered in a thick haze the entire time I was there, which turned out to be pretty magical. We started in downtown Bakersfield, made our way to Hart Park, and then finished on the Bluffs. All places of our childhood. After my cousin posed like she’s been a model her entire life at nine months pregnant (ridiculous, I know), we grabbed giant burgers and feasted. There’s something pretty special about the streets of Bakersfield. Thank you Merle Haggard.