“A woman’s life is measured not by a ticking clock or turned pages on a calendar
But in the gravity of the quiet moments that define her.
The intimate and the heavy and the fleeting
The whispering of secrets and the clasping of hands
The bonds that are irreplaceable and unforgettable.
I invite you to take a deeper look.”
More than just the words of my brand…
These words are the very heartbeat of my vision.
Lauren and Chrisy are dear friends of mine. This is most certainly not their first appearance on my blog. I am working with Lauren on a Motherhood Collective, and you can see her own maternity connection portrait session HERE. Over the past year I have gotten to know these two incredible women, and am so overwhelmingly grateful for their friendship. Within the last couple years, both Lauren and Chrisy lost a baby through miscarriage. The devastation was heart wrenching. I watched them both as they somehow found the strength to trust that God would still bless them with a baby. Their friendship grew closer as they shared this struggle, and prayed for one another.
Then. A few months ago. A miracle happened.
Actually two miracles happened. The most beautiful of stories.
Baby Landon and Ezra will soon be welcomed into this world. Immense rejoicing is an understatement to my reaction.
Lauren and Chrisy will be sharing more of their testimony in an upcoming project I am working on. But for now, know that this was more than a maternity session. This was more than even a best friends maternity session. It was more than even my desire to capture the irreplaceable connection between both friends and unborn child. This was an opportunity to tell a story of God’s faithfulness. I knew in the depths of of my heart that if I was ever meant to tell a story with my camera that this one was it.
And the one after this one.
And after that one.
And every story after that.
Sweet friends, here are my favorite portraits from this project. A huge thank you to Erin Infantino of Simply Gorgeous By Erin for yet another phenomenal makeup job.
Behind the Scenes
It’s funny how things work out, and how they don’t at the same time. I originally had such a different idea of how this session was going to look. I had thoughts of flower wreathes, a blazing sunset, and this bohemian vibe that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. As the day of the session approached, we began scrambling for last minute additions to the shoot. What could we add? We knew the dresses were white and the plan was outdoors in a field so as a last minute thought, Lauren grabbed the beautiful cable knit blanket from the nursery for them to sit on. This blanket was made for Lauren as a baby by her grandmother. It is as special as it looks. And ironically a cream cable knit blanket was a HUGE part of my visual inspiration for my branding design. I feel like this addition made the images feel that much more true to my brand and my style.
I ran around that morning in search of the vintage style flowers I could see in my head, but to no avail. I grabbed what I could and met the girls at the house for makeup. I sat down at Chrisy’s kitchen table and instantly knew, that what I had seen in my head was just a compilation of ideas I had seen others do. Bohemian flower head wreathes can be beautiful, but for this particular session, it wasn’t right. It wasn’t authentic. It wasn’t part of their story.
As we drove to the location, we sat in parking lot traffic for about 45 min. Thanking God the entire duration that we had given ourselves more than enough time. Then. It started to rain! Not a heavy rain, but enough to completely freak me out. Forget the blazing sunset. Just make it stop raining!
When we arrived, the grass was wet but the rain had thankfully stopped. And it was beyond what my imagination had even put together. It had gotten chilly, so in between needing them for specific shots, they took turns using the blanket as a shawl. And that’s when I saw it.
The direction of the session.
Last minute, but hey, sometimes that happens. Sometimes I see it differently when I get there. No longer was I wishing for a blazing sunset with bright orange rays streaming down over the hills. In my mind it was sunrise. It was those morning hours where the quiet is so peaceful and still. No cars driving by. No kids running around. You wrap yourself in your favorite blanket with your mug of coffee as you stand on the porch. It’s you and God. It’s that time where you rise and begin to share your heart. Just you. And Him.
And really. That is so much of this story. His faithfulness. His goodness. New like the morning sunrise.
Like I said, it’s funny how sometimes things work out, and at the same time, they don’t.