Romantic Maternity Session | Bull Creek Austin

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself. 

–Emma Stone. 

Countless times, Stella and I have talked about womanhood and the struggles that come with it, what we would change, what we would tell our younger selves if we could, and what we would want for our own little girl should we ever have one.

Well as it turns out, Stella and Aaron now have a sweet baby girl on the way and we’re all so thrilled– though we know it won’t be easy. This quote from Emma Stone is so fitting for Stella and this time in her life.  She’s the embodiment of beauty because she embraces who she is, and even more, she embraces the other women around her too.  She just loves you as you are. She encourages you to stay true to what feels most right for you– to let your gut and your inner voice be your navigational guide. How many people do you know that love that way?

My friendship with Stella has taught me so much. It’s strengthened me many times over, in fact. She’s given me courage when I had none, a long hug when I’ve desperately needed one, and a good talking to to straighten me out when I’ve gone off course. That’s the kind of woman you can be proud to call a best-friend. So, I’m excited for this little woman that Stella and Aaron are going to be raising very soon– because between them, I know she’s going to be one hell of a strong, brilliant, and bold woman. She will know that she is loved and she will be mindfully guided through the difficult path of girlhood. She will be encouraged to be her own person and will constantly be celebrated for who she is.  We can’t wait to witness it. Women supporting women and encouraging others to love passionately and fearlessly is what this world needs more of. Congrats, Stella and Aaron! Thank you for the pleasure of having us document this beautiful transitional period in your lives. <3

  1. Megan Cooper says:

    I love every single photo! Alicia you are so talented! You captured these moments so beautifully. Also, your beautiful words about Stella touch close to my heart because I feel so many of those same things about our sweet friend!

    Stella and Aaron, we love you two and your sweet growing baby girl so much! The love, kindness, and acceptance you two show each other and everyone you love is just what every baby needs as they start their journey. She is blessed to have y’all as her parents. Of course y’all are blessed to have her also!

    I know y’all watche This Is Us, so you might remember this. "What they don’t tell you is this. Babies come out with all the answers. They look up at you and you look at them and they tell you who you are." This couldn’t be more true. I am so glad that we will be back in Texas soon to continue our parenting journey alongside y’all as you start yours! ❤️

    • Alicia Rios says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement for Stella and Aaron, Megan! We all appreciate it very much!

  2. Tristan Romanczyk says:

    Yall look amazing such beautiful photos love you guys cant wait to meet baby girl!

  3. Danica Morgan says:

    Well, way to make me cry! You’ve done such a beautiful job capturing Stella and Aaron’s love and excitement. I can’t wait to meet Baby Masterson and see her grow into a strong woman! Xoxo

  4. Lois Masterson says:

    Wow, my baby and his beautiful wife are "having a baby"! When I look at these sweet, happy and joyful pictures it takes me back to the time that I was expecting Aaron and thinking about that little one’s future and who he would be and what he would accomplish and he has exceeded my hopes and dreams for him. His choice for a life partner and mother of his children could not have been better. Thank you Stella for instantly becoming a member of this family, I feel like you have been with us forever, not just a few years. We all love you and feel blessed to have you in our lives.
    Stella and Aaron are going to be wonderful parents. Get ready guys, your lives are going to change in ways you can’t imagine, more worry, more fears and more joy and happiness than you ever throught possible. Love you both so much. Mom

  5. Stella says:

    Thank you for your incredibly kind words and for these beautiful photos that we will treasure for a lifetime. I love you, my friend! XOXO

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