If you had asked me 7 years ago when I first bought a camera if I wanted to photograph families, maternity, and newborn, I would have told you absolutely not. But so much has changed in that 7 years. Moving past the “newlywed” stage and into the family-of-my-own stage has given me the confidence and vision for those family-oriented sessions that I just didn’t have before. I have an understanding of the moments and experiences that the couples and families in front of me are going through and I believe it translates into more connection and raw moments in my work.
But nothing prepared me for seeing my childhood friends go through pregnancy and into motherhood. I had to hold myself together during Hannah and Drew’s maternity session. Seeing the beautiful way in which Drew loves Hannah and seeing her adoration for him as well – it was a glimpse into the way they will cherish and protect sweet Ellis. He is already so well loved and so well cared for. We were just babies ourselves when Hannah and I met; we’ve been through many trials and growing experiences together as teammates. But this current stage is the most life-changing of all, and I am honored that she asked me to be a part of it.
Hannah & Drew will be welcoming sweet Ellis into the world any day now. I can already picture how their smiles will light up the world as they look at his face. Stay tuned for their newborn session, I’m guaranteed to cry.
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The grounds at Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista provided a gorgeous backdrop for the first part of our maternity session. You can learn more about the Chapel here.