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!!
A dear old friend recently contacted me about a session for her family. Our friendship actually goes back to 5th grade, many girl scout camping trips, marching band, and even freshman year of college (we were roommates)! It was wonderful to meet her sweet family and hard to imagine how much life has passed since we last saw each other! Here are some favorites from our shoot.
My step brother and his wife decided to wait to find out the sex of their second child, so we were all very excited to find out that it was a boy (with a full head of hair!). Here are some favorites from our newborn shoot, which included two very large but gentle giants!
Last weekend our family joined another clickin’ mom and her daughter to explore the seemingly magical Sekrit Theater in East Austin. This little venue is a photographer’s dream! Many little nooks and crannies to explore and catch some wonderfully playful moments. Here are some of my favorites from our shoot, which included some fun headshots for my husband who is also the talented DJ Paco De La Familia!
Last week I had the honor of photographing one of the newest humans alive – little Ruby at just 5 days old. Even for those of us who have children of our own, we quickly forget what a newborn is like. Their eyes open occasionally and just search for all they know, their mother’s face. Their thin limbs move wildly while they are awake, simply wanting to be held tightly as they have been in the womb their entire life. They really aren’t yet of this world! Such a reminder of how fragile and beautiful life is…
In my quest to become a better photographer, I have been thinking a lot about how to capture that special something. It is often a moment between a father and child, man and woman, or nature and human that really touches something in us as relational beings. It is also in the light from the sky, whether it’s sun on the face, shining warmly on one’s back, or shimmering in the eyes. Capturing that life-giving light in a still image can inspire a feeling like nothing else… How does it make you feel?