Lisa Cruikshank of Still Pearl Photography created a composite of her daughter-in-law and the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse for a magical maternity photoshoot in Murray County.
Photo: Still Pearl Photography
Photo: Still Pearl Photography

Georgia mom’s stunning eclipse maternity photoshoot will take your breath away

As hundreds of Georgians flocked to the northeastern corner of the state to catch Monday’s magical total solar eclipse, one woman decided to capture the once-in-a-lifetime experience with her soon-to-be baby boy.

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Nichole Carver, who is 33-weeks pregnant, pitched the idea for an eclipse maternity photoshoot to her mother-in-law, Lisa Cruikshank, an Atlanta wedding photographer with Still Pearl Photography.

“This is our last planned pregnancy as we have experienced the joys of birthing two healthy children and the sadness of loss after delivering my second child, a little girl named Emma, stillborn back in 2014,” Carver told Fox 5. “Our little boy is nothing short of a miracle to us and what better way to celebrate him than capturing this once in a life moment in time.”

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And Cruikshank certainly delivered.

Set on Carters Dam in Murray County and overlooking the Coosawattee River, Cruikshank found the perfect elevated ground for the photoshoot.

But with the sun positioned so high up in the sky Monday afternoon, she knew she wouldn’t be able to get both it and Nichole in the shot together, so she opted to create a composite of the two instead.

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“I didn't have a solar filter for my lens, so I held my glasses up over my lens and got the sun photo. Then, I shot another frame with Nichole and merged them,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

During the site’s 99.1 percent totality, Cruikshank used a Canon Mark 111 camera to capture the shots.

“The photo is out of this world amazing!" Carver said.

The Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 was the first total solar eclipse to cross the contiguous United States in 99 years.

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Stretching from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, the eclipse attracted millions of Americans toward its center-line path for a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle. 

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