*I swear I shoot more than maternity photos.*
I recently got the chance to photograph two friends and you know that’s my favorite. I met Kaitlin + Sean when they were still engaged, and knew we’d be friends right away. They recently moved, so we don’t get the chance to hang out as much as I’d like, but this session was the perfect chance to catch up. We wandered around a couple of my favorite Cleveland spots, and made some magic.
When I started taking photos so very long ago, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to spend my time, but maternity + newborn photos weren’t even on my radar.
Years later, and countless new families under my belt, I’m just really glad things worked out the way they have, because I get to meet people like Shilpi + Nanak during some of the most special times of their lives.
I can’t wait to meet another little one.
I met Heather + Rob a year or so ago at a networking event for wedding vendors. They own The Thirsty Goose, a fantastic traveling bar for weddings and other events. While I truly love meeting new people, it feels super unnatural for me to attend an event where everyone is supposed to meet new people, so I ended up spending my entire evening getting to know these two. We talked about their wedding and our shared love for Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I like to think that at the end of that night, I’d made a couple new friends.
A few months ago, I got an email from Heather telling me they’re expecting a sweet baby so soon, and asked if I’d be their photographer. I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We spent our evening strolling through Historic Medina together. I wish all my Fridays looked like this.
“I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world”
Having your picture taken can feel weird sometimes. You’re meeting someone new who’s about to point their camera in your face for an extended period of time. Although this is my job, I try to never forget that the time I spend with my clients is unique and probably not something they’re very used to. I love that the majority of the photos I take involve two people in love, because that usually makes the difference between “What do I do with my hands?” and “This isn’t so bad at all.”
When you love someone, you know what makes them laugh. You know where they’re ticklish. You know just what to do to ease the “I’m getting my photo taken” jitters. James did just that. He had Alivia laughing the whole time. Their undeniable chemistry plus the magic of Ohio’s elusive April sunshine helped me knock this session out of the park.
There are some days as a photographer that I can’t help but think about how much I truly love what I do. This was one of those days.
On this particular “spring” Ohio day, there was no sun in sight. There was no sunset to capture, or budding trees – just two people about to welcome their first baby into the world.
But when you think about it, isn’t that the most beautiful thing there is?
And to be welcomed into their home and allowed the opportunity to capture these moments is the biggest privilege my photographer’s heart can think of.
“In open fields of wild flowers, she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daisies and the roses in no simple language.
Someday she’ll understand the meaning of it all.”
“What the water wants is hurricanes,
And sailboats to ride on its back.
What the water wants is sun kiss,
And land to run into and back.
I’ll show you the sky.”
“Rock-a-bye baby, come and rest.
You’ve been tired lately, lay your head down.
Don’t you think, baby I know best
I’ve been a father for a long time.
No one knows you better than me.”
Planning was not easy for Faith and I. We had 3 other session dates in the books before weather and schedules finally aligned. But oh my, was it worth the wait.
We shot her maternity photos at one of my all time favorite spots, Rocky River Park. Faith was up for anything. Climb up this hill with me? Sure! Step on that Rock? Yes! Get your feet wet? I can do better than that! (Have I mentioned how much I love it when my clients aren’t scared to try things?)
We ended our session in Lake Erie, and I think Faith looks like a straight up mermaid in that gorgeous white dress! I can’t wait for baby Lailani to get here and see how pretty her mom is.