Can I just say, it is so much fun to have your portraits done when you’re a photographer yourself! It’s SO good for us to feel what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera. I asked Emily Gerald (a dear friend, past KJ Bride and incredible birth/newborn photographer) if we could hire her to do Graham’s newborn portraits and she said yes immediately! I was 1. relieved… because I had waited until the last minute to plan this and 2. So excited to have portraits done with both of my babies. When you lose a baby, there are little things that sting a little deeper than others. For me, I had envisioned getting to have beautiful portraits with Evy and Baby James before we knew how sick he was.
I quickly pushed that hope and desire to the back of my mind once we knew that we were going to lose him. When I became pregnant with Baby Graham, I thought about how I wanted portraits with my two babies again…. but it is really hard to get excited about something when there is so much fear that it will, once again, not come to fruition. Maybe that’s why I put off planning this session until the last few week of his pregnancy. I just wanted to know that he would be here and that he would be healthy. Thank you Jesus, he’s here and he’s perfect. Somedays it’s still hard to wrap my mind around that.
Emily is amazing and she did the best job encouraging and instructing these tired parents on what to do. She put up with a few Evy-meltdowns and yet still managed to capture everything I had hoped for while also hiding a large majority of the weight I still hope to lose. Three babies in two years will do that to you. I was worried about having portraits done two weeks after having my third…. but Em helped me find a dress that I loved and made all the necessary adjustments while we were shooting to make sure I looked my best. These little things are what make a photography experience beautiful and I’m so thankful for her!!!!
I could sit here and write paragraphs about how much these pictures mean to me…. but we have two kids and free time is limited…. so enjoy my absolute favorites!! These portraits capture one of the greatest answered prayers of our life. I’m so grateful for this precious baby boy!
Photos By: Emily Gerald Photography
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.