I met this sweet family at a hidden gem in east Austin last month. When we got started, little brother wasn’t really feeling having this picture taken. I really appreciated how calm and collected mom and dad stayed even though he was resisting. Unfortunately getting upset with an uncooperative child is a quick way to get zero authentic smiles. Keeping things fun and playful is the best way to get everyone warmed up to the camera!
Earlier this year, a sweet mama-to-be reached out to me about a pregnancy announcement shoot. She wrote about how she’d already lost two babies, and was praying and believing that this would be her “rainbow baby”, which comes after the emotional storm of a loss. Given our own family’s story, I felt privileged to be asked to help them capture this moment in their lives.
I was so excited to hear from her again many weeks later, that they were ready and feeling great for their shoot! Just entering the second trimester, they’d done genetic screening that showed a healthy baby. Praise Jesus!! The joy and love shared between this couple was palpable, as was their confidence that God is in control and has good things planned for them. I’m grateful that baby-loss families can rely on an infinitely loving God to carry them though both the pain and joy in this life. And with a healthy baby on the way, there is so much reason for celebration!!
“Though she be but little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare
This adorable little family was a joy to shoot, particularly since they are friends of mine. This Shakespeare quote came to mind while I was editing their images. Their daughter’s bold gaze is just mesmerizing! When I took the last shot below I was afraid the backlight would spoil it, but it turned out to be my favorite from the gallery. Those blue eyes and pale skin, she’s such a beauty isn’t she?!