I'm not saying I didn't enjoy photographing pregnancy before I had a baby of my own, but compared to how greatly I love documenting this transition NOW versus THEN -- it is night and day. I consider it the highest honor to be invited into the last remaining moments of a couple's life before it is forever changed.
When I asked Sean & Stephanie what they were looking forward to most about being parents, they said, "We just can't wait to meet her, and see what she looks like."
Instantly, I was transported back to being 9 months pregnant feeling those same feels (minus the morning sickness, thank GOD) -- spending every waking thought wondering what kind of human being my daughter would be, and being so restless because I just couldn't wait to have her out of my body and into my arms.
I see pregnancy in an entirely different light now, and documenting this insane part of a couple's love story is even more powerful to me than ever before.
As the oldest child with two younger brothers, I spent a lot of my childhood wishing for a sister. It wasn't until I got older that I realized that God had granted that wish 2 years before I even existed, when my cousin Kelsey born. We've seen the best of times: from planning choreographed dances for every family gathering in our childhood to standing next to each other on our wedding days (3 weeks apart). And we've survived the worst of times: from rocky marriage moments to unexpectedly losing her dad, my uncle, last year. She and I have seen so much LIFE together. And I really, truly couldn't imagine any of that life without her.
When I think of the kind of mother I want to be someday, I think of Kelsey. I have never seen her with more purpose than when she became a mom. People say motherhood is a "calling" -- I think those people were talking about Kelsey. These two kids have no idea how good they have it: Kelsey and her husband Chase are two of my biggest inspirations when it comes to parenthood (next to my own parents, anyways). From the way they communicate with Ella & Isaac (these two little munchkins) to the many different ways they show those kids how much they are loved.
Oh, and you know how people are always like "look how cute my nephew is!" and "I have the best niece in the whole wide universe!" Well, all those people are liars -- because it's obvious that MY niece and nephew are the most adorable, spunky, and lovable creatures on the planet. These pictures prove it.
Fun fact about Sarah: I am constantly striving to surround myself with people who inspire me.
And so when the incredible April (of April Flowers) asked me to document her growing family, I could not have been more honored.
Words cannot express how much I adore this little family. They are equal parts depth and light-heartedness.
Look up "DARLING" in the dictionary, and you might see one of these photos..............
... I call this following sequence: "REAL LIFE FAMILY PHOTOS" ...