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.