I've often been charged with the task of documenting family's journeys to parenthood. From the maternity session where we celebrate a mother's changing body to the newborn session (and beyond) where we document the brand new details of precious new people, I am always honored and in awe to be a small part of it all.
I met Jessica (momma), back in July when I photographed her maternity session. She was a model for me so that I could photograph part my maternity wardrobe, and get comfortable on the beach. Not only was she AMAZING to work with, we learned that we have a lot in common. Both she and I are Navy spouses, and our husbands work together. In this community, you learn to form bonds with those who understand "this life," and it's extra sweet when your personalities mesh and friendships form. We have a few years together to watch each other's babes grow, and for that I am grateful!
Baby "I" came into the world with a head full of hair, and as calm as could be. Her birth was fast and furious, and I'm pretty sure her momma sneezed her out (although I'm sure she'd beg to differ). Momma was so strong, collected, and confident, and it really was so amazing to witness how she and her hubby, Sean, worked together to bring their precious girl earthside.
A few days after her birth, I was invited to their home to capture a lifestyle newborn session. Once she warmed up, big sister was so happy to be photographed with her new baby sis. It was so fun to watch the sweet beginnings of a bond that will last a lifetime. That is why I love what I do. I get to capture family histories, from the first minutes that two become three, or three become four (or more).
Naturally, we captured a few posed shots as well, and they are some of my favorites. Momma is a marine archeologist (possibly one of the coolest professions ever), so I wanted to include a special image just for her. I also included a couple images for little one's nursery, which is a world traveler them.
Now for our news.
You've heard me say, we all have a story. Baby I's birth is part of mine. Her birth was the last one that I will attend for the foreseeable future. These last 2.5 months, I have not been as active promoting my business, posting on social media, blogging, and sharing on instagram. These are all things that I do to grow my little business, and they all take quite a bit of time and effort (ask any small business owner). Any who, I've been sick. Like, super sick...the not get out of bed unless absolutely necessary kind of sick. It's not contagious though, and it's all for a good reason...
We've been blessed once again, and will be welcoming our next little love in April of next year. This pregnancy has been pretty rough so far (just with sickness and exhaustion), but we are thrilled that this peanut is as healthy and as strong as can be. That being said, I have decided to take this time to soak in moments with my girls, snuggle a little extra with my amazing hubby, and grow my business in a way that feeds my soul. For the last 4 months, I tried to build my business in a way that was not sustainable. I have redone everything to reflect what works for me, and I am so grateful. For now, I have to step back from birth work. It is my first love in photography, but with such a young family and the stress of pregnancy, this is not the season for me to nurture that passion. I will again some day, but for now I will snuggle all the newborns, and admire all the bumps.
We can't wait to share with you all that is to come. It will be AMAZING. It will be passion driven. It will be crafted with love. We are blessed.