No matter how gloomy a storm is, the promise of the rainbow that comes after can help us get through it. For Jessica Mahoney, the road to having a second baby with husband Kevin was equally grueling: She dealt with fertility issues and endured six miscarriages before finally getting pregnant with a “rainbow baby,” the term used to describe a child born after infant loss.
The Connecticut-based couple knew they wanted to document their miracle pregnancy in a special way, so they contacted photographer JoAnn Marrero to help conceptualize a memorable maternity shoot.
JoAnn, along with her mentor Mary Maloney, ultimately came up with the idea to use colored smoke bombs to create an actual rainbow backdrop outdoors.
“Bringing this photo to life was definitely a concerted team effort,” JoAnn explained to WomansDay.com. “It was crazy fun! One by one, each smoke bomb was set and with each burst of color we watched this portrait coming to life behind my lens.”
While watching colors explode into the sky was quite the sight to behold, Mary and JoAnn explained that it was also one of the messier shoots they’ve worked on.
“Picture lots of coughing, color-stained clothing, and a rainbow wash in our hair,” said JoAnn. “Through our rainbow haze, Jess stood with composure and her pregnancy glow came shining through. A whole lot of laughter made the moment even more vibrant and brilliant. This was definitely her moment, a proud mother-to-be for the second time.”