One of my favorite things about being a wedding + lifestyle photographer is getting to be a part of multiple milestones in the life of a family: capturing engagement portraits, documenting the marriage taking place on a wedding day, and then a little ways down the road, the joy of expanding their family as they bring home their first baby! Another one of my favorite things is getting to do all of this for people we love so dearly. Joel and Kayla are clients-turned-friends, whose engagement session and wedding we did in 2013 and 2014, before we were even parents ourselves! As members of the same church, we became involved in the same community group and have so enjoyed doing life with these two over the last few years. They even modeled for me for our nationally-published Christmas Romance styled shoot (cleverly hiding Kayla’s tiny baby-bump behind that gorgeous bouquet). Their joy was our joy when they told us that they were expecting their first baby, and Kayla and I got pretty excited to force… ahem, encourage… best-friendship on our children when she and Joel found out they were expecting a girl! And I’m not gonna lie, it was nice to know that it was ok to bring Violet with me to their newborn session, even if Violet did insist upon arriving back home that SHE was, in-fact, the real baby 😉 Enjoy some of our favorites of the Bowen’s in-home lifestyle newborn session with their precious new addition Lydia Wren (and for those of you who know them well, yes… Winston makes an appearance in this post).
And for your viewing pleasure… I present to you: Violet, enjoying being the fifth-wheel.
If you know us even a little, you know that Brian and I are suckers for a good miracle baby 😉 We have one ourselves, and the opportunity to photograph our friends and long-time clients’ with their own, brand-new miracle baby was just too much to pass up. Josh and Linsey hired us to photograph their wedding very early in our business. Since then, they’ve sent us more friends and family than we can keep count of. They’ve been some of our biggest fans and supporters over the years, and our joy for their newest addition more than doubled when Linsey filled us in on how miraculous this pregnancy was! After having their first son, Asher, very easily, Josh and Linsey tried for a long time to have a second baby. Testing revealed that one of Linsey’s fallopian tubes was actually blocked, cutting their chances for conception in half. Josh and Linsey began praying growth over their family through a “fulfilled” exercised led by Elevation Church. Shortly after receiving those discouraging test results, Linsey began going into the doctors’ office for ultrasounds each month to see if her egg would be descending from the un-blocked tube. Just a couple of weeks after being told not to bother trying to conceive that month because an egg was stuck in the blocked tube, Linsey got a positive result on a home pregnancy test! Under the circumstances, her doctors feared the pregnancy would be ectopic. But the ultrasound showed the baby growing perfectly, and in the perfect spot! The fact that Baby Levi was conceived that month was truly a miracle! We admire the faith that Josh and Linsey had that the pull on their hearts to grow their family was from the Lord. They have been so faithful in sharing their story and attributing Levi’s life to God’s power, and we could not be more ecstatic for them as they settle in to life as a family of four! Enjoy a few of our favorites from Baby Levi’s home lifestyle session!
Are there words to describe the joy I feel when I get to follow a couple from their engagement session all the way to newborn and family portraits? Probably not 🙂 Craig “Pete” and Megan were married a little over a year ago, and just welcomed their first little one into the world a couple of weeks ago! Baby Will is already so loved… his vintage crib was his mother’s when she was a baby. Family members gifted him with an adorable wooden wagon he loves to nap in, a vintage rocking horse and a little cow WubaNub to honor his daddy, who runs a dairy farm! We had such a sweet time getting to meet Baby Will and watch his parents dote on him. Enjoy a few of our favorites from his lifestyle newborn session!