My goal for the rest of this year and continuing on is to slow down and focus my energy on the intimate relationships and the unique connections that people share and experience. Sometimes my favorite photos are not award winning, publishing worthy, or even portfolio material, but rather things that move me to feel. I've been doing this job now for almost ten years and I'm still deeply drawn to the intimate and exclusive human connections that we all share.
This family session is specifically personal to me. The images shared are things that I hopetheir family can look back on someday in the future to feel and reminisce. Jake, Ali, and Silas hosted me in their Colorado home for a week and I photographed everything that had to do with their new-normal life with a 12 month old. I photographed things that are uniquely beautiful to their family as they let me share in their personal daily routines. From morning snuggles on their bed, daddy and son piano time, coffee at their favorite shop (which they often joke that they live there), playing at favorite parks, bath time, listening to records, bedtime routines and bottles, etc. I really hope that I get to do this more often with families in the future :)
The morning of April 28th was overcast and cool. The sky was heavy with storm clouds and the air smelled of blooming flowers and rain. It was the perfect day to spend in the hospital waiting for the arrival of a sweet little baby girl.
I was so excited to witness the birth of my niece that I could not even sleep the night prior. I drove to the hospital early in the morning and met my brother-in-law, Wes, in the parking garage with some coffee. I'm an absolute disaster when it comes to finding my way around large hospitals, so it was nice to see his face waiting for me when I arrived. We sat in the hospital room all morning talking, catching up, and laughing. It was so nice getting time with Wes and Amanda alone in such an intimate setting. I photograph people in love on a daily basis, but getting to see a whole different side of love and and this incredible life journey was something that I'll never forget.
Around 2:50 p.m. Amanda started to push. Wes stepped in and grabbed onto Amanda and helped her through the birthing process with words of encouragement. He grabbed her hand so tightly and kept saying "you've got this, you're so close. you're doing great. keep it up. she's so close, you can do this". I loved seeing the smiles trickle across Wes' face as he watched the birth of his little girl. Seeing Amanda in labor just made her even more of a rock star to me. She's already the world's best and most beautiful mommy, but getting to see this side of strength and love made her even more beautiful to me. At 3:10 p.m. Wes and Amanda welcomed into the world their precious little girl, Jovie Grace. She was 19 inches long and weighted 7 lbs. 14 oz.
Jovie was born and was placed immediately on Amanda's chest. Amanda's eyes were so full of love and it made my heart swell just watching them together. Jovie was then carried off to the side to be checked out by the nurse. While she was crying, Wes reached his finger out, and Jovie latched on so tightly. She stopped crying immediately and just started cooing. So sweet that she already knew her daddy was there to protect her. The entire experience from start to finish just reinforced how special and beautiful life can be.
I was so engrossed with every little second of this experience. I am so thankful that Wes and Amanda allowed me the opportunity to photograph something so personal and beautiful.
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My excitement had been building for quite some time when I found out that my friends, Nick and Alex, would be flying me out to Texas to photograph their beautiful family. Their newborn baby, Ryker, had been in the NICU for a number of days following his birth due to his lungs not being fully developed. A few days prior to me flying out, Ryker was cleared to come home. The night before my trip, I texted Alex to let her know how excited I was to come see them! She texted me back and said something like "oh yeahhhh, we also have 11 newborn Great Dane puppies, I hope you're ready". Minute by minute my excitement was growing exponentially to get to Texas!
I counted down the hours and minutes to give one of my best friends a big hug. I knew that their weeks prior to me coming had been absolutely exhausting for them, so I was sure that sleeping would be on the schedule. Now, here's where things blow me away. I step off the plane around 11:30 p.m. to be greeted by Nick AND Alex at the airport. These two people are seriously rock-stars. For two parents who have had little to no sleep, I still cannot believe how happy and awake they were when they picked me up. There's no better feeling than getting to hug the people you love after being apart for such a long time.
Over the next few days, I entered into a world that was a bit unknown to me. Watching my friends parent and take care of their babies just made my heart melt. One would think that with 2 babies, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 11 puppies, life might be a bit chaotic. However, Nick and Alex make literally everything look easy. Every second spent with their family was a true blessing. They welcomed me into their personal space at every moment of the days and let me see all of the little special things that they have together. They welcomed me into their bedroom (as I creepily stood on their bed), into story time, bath time, breakfast together, going to church, family laughs and hugs, dancing in the kitchen, etc. Seeing everything they have together just made me love them all a little deeper. For all of you Texas folk who get the joy of being with this family, take good care of them... they're some of the best people I've known. Enjoy the video and preview of photos below!
Alex recently celebrated a birthday. I put together a little video of their family as a birthday present. Happy Birthday Alex....you're one of a kind. I love ya pal <3
As a quick note, this post will be of a different tone and subject matter than my usual content. Due to the nature of the event, there are some images and video depicting profanity and violence.
With the Missouri primary election around the corner, Donald Trump appeared today for a rally in downtown Saint Louis at the Peabody Opera House and I went there to document the events. The line of people waiting to get inside stretched all the way around multiple blocks. There was a large crowd of protesters gathered in front of the building facing off against the Trump supporters who could not get inside. Tensions were high, often fueled by the loudspeakers broadcasting the speech from inside the building. Below are some of the images showing the conflict and intense emotions of the day. While some people on both sides behaved poorly at times and things got out of hand, I am still thankful to live in a country where individuals have the right to assemble, protest, and openly express their beliefs.