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
There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!
Another month. I had forgotten just how fast it goes when they are this tiny. One minute they are in 0-3 month clothes and the next you’re unpacking 6month options!
How is it MARCH already in 2021?! This year is flying by and we’re getting closer and closer to the beginning of wedding season! At least we are here in Virginia! It’s my honor to get to introduce you to some of our KJ Students who are doing the hard work of educating themselves and growing their businesses! My hope is that their stories and advice will be an encouragement to anyone wanting to grow and feel confident before wedding season picks up!
Welcome to a brand new installment of KJ Student Spotlight!! It’s always a good day on the blog when we get to introduce you to some of our students and share their wins and advice!!! These three students have taken courses, watched Youtube episodes, are KJ All Access members, use our templates and have invested in themselves time and time again in order to grow their businesses! They deserve this recognition!!!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!