I have known Becky since we were 4 years old. To say that I was honored to take her engagement pictures is an understatement! Life is so full circle and I am so excited for her and Matt’s future together! Becky and Matt, you two are an amazing couple and I had so much fun taking these pictures for you guys. I cannot wait to celebrate your love in October!
I walked away from this session with a lump in my throat and joy in my heart! It was such a beautiful proposal! Barrett contacted me weeks before the proposal and we emailed back and forth about his plan for the big day. We discussed parking arrangements, details of where I will be, etc. and had everything planned out! Of course, the weather had other plans for us. It started raining on my way to this session and the planner in me was freaking out! I knew that this plan of ours could be ruined by the rain. I mean, if my boyfriend was telling me we were going on a walk and it was pouring rain, I think I would be fighting back a little. I’d probably say, “ummm… let’s take a rain check? Literally".” Barrett said that he was doing this rain or shine and that Jenna is so down-to-earth and it wouldn’t bother her! So, we stuck with the plan! The weather held off until the minute he got down on one knee and the sky starting sprinkling a little. It was actually pretty magical.
A little bit after Barrett asked the important question, Jenna looked at me and said, “wait, what hand does the ring go on?! I can’t think right now!!!” We were dying laughing. She was so caught off guard and overwhelmed and it was so sweet!
Barrett and Jenna, I wish a lifetime of love and happiness for you guys and am so thankful that I got to be a little part of your next journey in life together!
This little guy is now almost a year old, but his newborn session is one of my favorites and I want to share it with you guys! Baby Theo, you are so loved and have two of the coolest parents around! I shot this newborn session very pregnant and had to maneuver my belly around the crib which made for some funny moments as I tried to position myself. I think that this session was one of my favorites because mom and dad had their favorite music playing, coffee brewing, and a beautifully lit house that just created the most magical “vibe” for newborn photos. It truly felt like I was in my own home and I loved every minute of it! Oh Theo, I cannot wait to photograph you again this weekend!
Before getting pregnant I was really anxious about the upcoming physical, emotional, and spiritual changes that would happen within me. There are so many books on "what to expect" when you're expecting and you can spend hours reading articles about pregnancy, but nobody really knows how each individual will be affected. Was I going to be nauseous? Would my fingers swell to the point of taking off my wedding rings? Would I feel an instant connection? What if there wasn't an instant connection... does that make me a bad mom? There are so many unknowns. BUT I knew one thing... this little baby had been prayed for, thought about, and talked about for way too long and I was excited to walk into uncharted waters in order to meet her!
The beginning of the pregnancy was SO hard for me because I just wanted to scream "I'M PREGNANT!" to everybody that I saw. It was such a hard secret for me to keep, but I knew that we needed to wait a little bit longer to share our news just incase something happens with this pregnancy. I wanted to be cautious, but I also didn't want to stress my body by worrying about ALL of the "what ifs" in pregnancy. I was listening to my body, fueling it with the necessary nutrients (and Chick-Fil-A, let's be honest!), and trying to enjoy the new changes within my body.
Our little one was measuring 2-3 weeks ahead at every appointment, so we got regular sonograms to check her growth. This momma got SO spoiled seeing her at every appointment! Some days she would hide from us, but it always helped reassure me that she was healthy and thriving. I think I left every sonogram telling my husband, "Gosh, the human body is so cool!"
Overall, being pregnant was such a positive experience for me and when I started feeling down or uncomfortable, I just had to remind myself how lucky I am that God chose us to be Luna's parents and he entrusted us with her life. I take that responsibility so heavy and am very aware of how lucky and privileged we are. To all of the women out there who are craving for their day to come, I see you!
We had our maternity pictures done with the AMAZING Jenni from J. Noel Photography and she made this experience so special for us! It is always hard to be on the other side of the camera, but she made it effortless and fun! Thank you Jenni for these images...we will cherish them for forever!
Some pregnancy MUST HAVES:
- Snoogle pregnancy pillow! I seriously would not have been able to sleep without it! I even joked about packing it in my suitcase when we would go out of town
- Maternity leggings. I lived in these on days when I stayed home and they were great for post partum as well!
- AG Maternity jeans. These were a bit of a splurge, but I used a 50% off coupon. I wanted to get nice jeans because I knew I would be wearing them almost everyday since I was mostly pregnant in the winter.
- Dress. This is the dress that I wore for this maternity session. I loved it and can wear it non-pregnant as well!
- Belly Support Band. I did a ton of research before buying this and asked my OBGYN, and she said it was totally safe. You guys, this was a GAME CHANGER for me during my pregnancy! If I knew I would be on my feet for a while or doing any exercise, I would throw this on and it instantly helped my belly not feel so heavy. Towards the end of my pregnancy I think I wore this every night because my belly was stretching and it was causing pains and aches when I slept!
Photos by: J. Noel Photography