I'm always honored to photograph expecting mamas during this amazing time in their lives. I'm thrilled when they choose me to document their pregnancy for them, and to give them photographic proof of the love for their child, that started long before they were even born. And... when that expecting mama is a dear friend and fellow photographer, well that just makes it even more exciting for me. Double that when you consider the beautiful story of how much Cilla and Bret have been through in order to bring Baby Steffen into the world... just makes me tear up with gratefulness for them and what lies ahead for their sweet family. The Baierleins and the Woodses have met up for three years in a row, every June, when they come down for vacation. I photograph her family, and she photographs mine. Imagine my excitement when we realized that during her visit this year, she'd be at the perfect stage for maternity photos! I whisked her and Bret off to one of my very favorite locations for the evening.
Priscilla and I met through my sister Amy, actually. We went to the same high school back in Kentucky, but never knew each other back then (I graduated just before her freshman year). Years later (I won't tell how many, lol), photography joined us together five states away. It's funny how life somehow brings us back to the same people and places, no matter how far away we roam.
And perhaps my favorite image... she just exudes strength in this last photo. She's been through so much to get here, and I'm so very proud of my friend for her determination, and her heart. I feel so blessed that she chose me to photograph this beautiful time in their lives.
four three! more weeks until your due date, sweet friend! All my love and blessings. It's been a wonderful experience to share our pregnancies this go around, and I'm so grateful for your love and support in return. Much love.