It’s hard for me to believe that I’m blogging maternity photos again. I must sound like a broken record when I say that the last two years have been insane. I don’t remember what it feels like to get to wear normal clothes for more than a couple months at a time. I REALLY don’t remember laying on my stomach!! And I’m in awe of what God has allowed my body to do. In April I will be giving birth for the 3rd time in 26th months and that’s amazing.
When we found out that we were pregnant again in August 2019 after losing James in May of 2019, I worried about my body being able to do this all over again. My OB assured me that my body could handle it. She was more concerned for me emotionally than physically because of all of the stress that comes with growing another baby after experiencing one of the worst case scenarios just months before. Thankfully, this pregnancy has been everything that I hoped and prayed for. It has been my easiest pregnancy to date and I haven’t had any complications…. I don’t even have gestational diabetes like I did with Evy.
There is a part of me that worries that my struggle and complications will come with birth… but then again, I have no reason to think that would be the case. I have never experienced a normal pregnancy and so I think I’m just automatically accustomed to assuming that I need to be ready for bad news. I don’t want to live in fear and so I’m constantly asking God to help me trust Him throughout my final weeks carrying this little boy.
I say “little” boy but he’s been measuring in the 96 percentile for a while now…. he’s not little. Most people I say that to say “Oh well they are always off with those numbers” and I agree…. but then I remind them that Evy was 9lbs 10oz. Suddenly their “Oh he’s probably not big” comments subside and they just say “Good luck”. haha Thankfully, unless I show signs of pre-eclampsia, he shows signs of distress or he turns breech, I will be able to wait to go into labor on my own and I’m praying for that.
This entire journey has been such a gift to me. Every time that we leave our OB office with nothing but normal, good news, I’m amazed and so incredibly thankful. I may feel huge and tired and totally over being pregnant but I look at these beautiful images that my sweet friend Jill took at Big Spring Farm and I’m amazed that God has given us another baby….. who is healthy.
Enjoy some of my favorites and thank you Jill for capturing this season of our lives for the third time!! Ps. These were taken at 30 weeks! The latest maternity portraits I’ve ever taken. Lets just say, it’s a little more flattering to take them earlier, especially with your third! But I’m just so thankful to have them done and that Jill could do them!!!
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.