Such a joy it is to witness the love and wonder that is new life. This new family shared their love fully and graciously. Baby Graham scrambled into their lives a month early and was perfectly home in the arms of his mama and papa. It seemed as if he had always been here, though so new and fresh, and he had always been there, in their hearts, waiting. It was as if I wasn't there during this Newborn Lifestyle session, so enraptured were his mama and papa that no one else existed but them and him. And I was honored to capture it. Graham, welcome!
These family lifestyle sessions make my heart sing. I love to see a family, in their element, just doing life, and pretending like I'm not there snapping away. I especially love these sessions when it involves a dear friend whose friendship has been life giving as we've walked side by side on this motherhood journey. Our babes are just 3 days apart in birthdays and I still remember that week leading up to their births. The conversations were filled with frustrations and longing, and the latest advice as to how to jump start labor. And as they always do, our babies arrived, forever changing and growing us. This family loves beautifully and fully. Thank you for allowing me to see your love for one another Ready family!
I'm perpetually behind on this blog of mine. Someday I keep telling myself, someday I'll catch up and keep up... While I haven't shared my #aprintamonth project yet on this space, I've shared it via Facebook and Instagram. The #aprintamonth project was born out of a desire to start something with purpose as I welcomed the new year. The year started filled with pain and loss but also with an even stronger desire to hold my little family close. Time goes by far too quickly and sometimes my heart doesn't feel capable of holding it all. One day these chubby little fingers will be long and slender, his baby breath will be grown, and the way he snuzzles his face into mine will be no more. Taking pictures wasn't enough, I wanted and needed tangible evidence of what my heart feels. I also had the startling revelation that my little man was about to turn one and I had yet to print his newborn photos! Thus, #aprintamonth was born. I vowed to monthly print our pictures, in a different form each month, for the duration of the 2015 year. In January I printed and displayed my son's newborn pictures. For February I printed a collage of my son's first year of life. And now for March, I printed our first Chatbooks from our instagram pictures! I am absolutely loving this project and my heart swells just a little bit each time I walk by one of our prints on the walls or when my son pulls his Chatbook out of his book basket. I have long dreamed of a home where the walls were filled with beautiful art and memories and there is much joy and satisfaction in seeing the empty spaces be filled. It's been a season of healing since the new year and sitting down with my heart and memories each month has been a part of that process. In that place I find joy and redemption from the challenges of life and motherhood. Would you join me on this project? There is something wonderful about holding them in your hands, putting them on your walls, or even tucking them away as keepsakes to be taken out again and again.