WAITING ON BABY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,just because,portraits — admin at 11:02 am on Sunday, June 2, 2019

Megan has only been VERY pregnant in the winter – but this time – she’s got a June baby!!

SO – we both said – let’s do maternity shots IN THE WATER this time!!

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

SO BEAUTIFUL!!

That tree – that pond – that dress – that momma!!

MEGAN!!! YOU ARE SO GORGEOUS! I LOVE that I can call you a friend.

I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET THIS BABY!!!

THEN THERE WERE SIX

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:24 am on Saturday, June 1, 2019

Megan is a fellow photographer and a dear friend. While we don’t see each other nearly as often as I’d like – I can count on her to pray for me in whatever I am going through.

She LOVES Jesus. She LOVES her family. She LOVES her job. She LOVES.

This guy – he’s the middle right now – and he and *E* are cut from the same cloth.

SWEET LITTLE SISTER – soon to be BIG sister!!

I’M BATMAN!!

And this guy and my Fitz are cut from the same cloth. So we get it – and it’s nice to know that it’s not just our kid that does these things.

But Megan can almost always say – I’m there too. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Megan & Seth have always found out the gender before the birth – except this time! So will *A* have a little sister or a little brother!?

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!

The first baby born born in their new home – the property they’ve dreamed of!

AN APPLE A DAY!!

*J* wanted a picture of just the brothers – SWEET BOYS!!

Stay tuned for Megan’s maternity session – IN the water!!

WAITING ON BABY

MY FAVORITE SHOT!!

Their life is about to get a little more interesting – adding another sister to the mix!!

Kristi & Patrick – THANK YOU so much for coming to Mansfield and trekking around my FAVORITE spot with me!

I CANNOT WAIT to meet your baby girl!!

WAITING ON BABY

EVERY GIRL NEEDS A SISTER!!

I ADORE that shot! PERFECTION!!

BEAUTIFUL!!

ONE MORE POST!!

WAITING ON BABY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,expecting,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:07 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

You might remember Patrick & Kristi from this fall – the surprise wedding at their engagement party!

A little girl will be joining their family soon – and they asked me back into their lives to document this amazing time!!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

GORGEOUS!!

I’ve never shot from that side of the hill – but I think I LOVE it!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session!!

 

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 12:42 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019

THIS!!! THIS MOMENT!!!

Watching Missy bring this sweet girl into the world was one of the most impactful moments of my life so far!

I’ve walked the past 7 years with her. There has been so much pain and heartache – followed with so much joy and grace – and now – GRACE! It was overwhelming!!

Those are my favorite shots!!

Birth tricks you – you have your baby and it’s AMAZING – but then you remember that it’s not over!

THIS PHOTO – SO MUCH in this photo!!

LOOK AT THOSE FAT LITTLE FEET!!

AND – AND I GOT TO CUT HER CORD!!! SERIOUSLY – such a beautiful moment!!

OH BABY GIRL!!! I just can’t even deal with how much you are loved!!

SO CLOSE TO 8 POUNDS!!! WHAT!!!

Cody – holding his baby girl!! After she was born – I turned around and hugged him while we both SOBBED – SO MUCH GRACE in this picture!!

CODY & MISSY – I know I’ve written it so many times – I know I’ve told you SO MANY times – but thank you!!

THANK YOU for letting me walk so closely with you. Thank you for asking me to be there for her first breath on Earth!!

You guys – I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

I spent 18 hours in the life of Missy & Cody – 18 of some of the most intense hours in anyone’s life – and we still love each other – AND – AND – I didn’t miss it!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:27 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019

Missy was able to rest (as best as you can while in labor) for a small chunk of the evening into the early morning.

Cody, Missy’s mom, and I were able to drift on and off in the hospital chairs as best as you can imagine …

But then it started!

And she says baby … it’s 3 AM and I don’t want to push out this baby!

December 27th – 3 AM – let’s start pushing. I say us like it’s a group effort!

So tired – so very very tired – and so close to meeting her little girl – but it still seems so far!

There’s not much I feel like I can do to help. She’s going to be in pain no matter what. That pain WILL end.

BUT until then – I CAN get cold washcloths!

And it REALLY starts!

These photos – this part was hard for me.

I don’t have much sympathy and empathy in general – but watching my dearest friend be so close to meeting her daughter and feeling the contraction come and knowing that she has to push but doesn’t really want to … ooooh – that was hard to watch!!

AND THERE SHE IS!!!

AND I very seriously got so wrapped up in the emotion of the moment – that I forgot I was taking pictures!

The focus isn’t where I would love for it to be – but I think you can still feel the emotion in this moment!! In fact – I KNOW you can!

OH MY HEART!!! She’s here – after 2 hours & 18 minutes of pushing – about 33 hours of labor all together – and 9 years (yes – years) of waiting for this little girl – SHE IS HERE!!

That tiny tear – that FRESH baby – that beautiful MIRACLE!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:14 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019

You’ve seen me post about Missy. And her husband Cody. And their kiddos.

When their youngest when born – Missy and I were just starting our friendship. I had planned on photographing his birth but he came early and I wasn’t in town.

I could have made it. I could have rearranged my schedule. But – I didn’t. And they’ve never let me live it down!

Missy and I have grown so very close over the past seven years – and when they found out that Grace would be here – the big joke was that I would miss it.

Missy & Johna are my dearest friends. Missy was due December 30th and Johna’s adoption ceremony was December 21st. I couldn’t possibly miss either. Johna was there when my boys were born. My two dearest friends were laboring and I HAD to be there for them. I told Missy that she could go into labor anytime – Christmas Eve – Christmas morning – just NOT on the 21st!!

Thankfully – she didn’t!! WHEW!!

And I was able to be there for Johna’s “birth” and make it to Missy’s!

She was induced on December 26th and I came up after my morning session!

Missy labors loooooooooooong. I got there at 11 am. And we waited. And waited. And waited.

And played some UNO to pass the time.

And face-timed with Aiden.

I LOVE THAT PICTURE!!! Women are AMAZING!

We help create life. We carry that life. We bring that life into this world. And we nourish is. But man oh man – or woman oh woman – does it HURT!!

Missy’s mom and I thought that we might have a baby by 8 pm. Surely she’ll have a December 26th birthday …

WELCOMING BABY *G*

I was anxiously waiting for news from Mary about her little bundle! He arrived right before Thanksgiving!!

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE FACE!!! SO DARLING!!

ISN’T HE GORGEOUS!!

Mary & Lance – I am SO very happy for you!!

THANK YOU for letting me capture this AMAZING time in your lives!!

JAKE & AMANDA

My cousin Jake messaged me about some announcements he needed to make – and was hoping I would photograph their happy news!

SURPRISE!!

There was a mistake in ordering the t-shirts – but nothing a sharpie can’t fix!!

A baby – a marriage – a new big brother! SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!

Jake & Amanda – I am SO happy for you both!!

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