EXPECTING BABY | OUR GROWING FAMILY & A LOOK BACK

Some things seem unreal. Like me sitting here and writing this blog post right now, it feels like a dream. Is this my life? Am I really announcement this to the world?

In November, we found out we are having a baby! I am 21 weeks as of this moment, and we now know that baby J is a baby BOY! Somehow, even more than 5 months in, and 2 weeks into having an actual bump… it still just somehow doesn’t seem like real life. I guess some things are just too much for a person’s brain to handle. I am going to be a Mom! I am going to have a son. My husband is now going to be a Father. I pretty much always thought that one day I would have kids (except for maybe a few times here and there after marriage where I questioned if I did want to be a Mother). But I can still imagine myself as a child, and even telling my parents that I never wanted to move away and live without them. And they assured me that one day I would want to live with my own husband and family. Even in imagining having children, I don’t think you can really wrap your mind around it, and I probably own’t until that baby it earth-side.

Life can just be so crazy. I do not remember feeling THIS overwhelmed with newness or unfamiliarity when Nick and I got married. I suppose that being pregnant and birthing a child, and forever being someone’s Mama is just something that truly changes everything in a way that nothing else has before.

I have found myself wondering about who this person will be so many times. Now that we know it’s a boy I feel a little more familiarity to this human being inside my body. But what will he look like? Who will he become? What will he love, be interested in, be good at, be passionate about? What will his personality be like and who will he one day fall in love with? I pray for health, for blessings, for a child who I can raise to know and love his Savior. I pray for my husband and I to be good parents, by loving each other well, by following the Lord, and by being a team. I don’t think I’ve ever been so overwhelmed with emotions in my entire life. And even though there’s some fear and even anxiety about what is to come, the joy is overwhelming.

My dear friend Julie of Julie Wilhite Photography came to our home to take a few images of Nick and I together to announce that we are expecting our baby boy in July, and although we really only needed one, I love these images so much that I felt like I wanted to share more than just one and give them place to live. Thank you to Julie for being there to photograph so many monumental moments in my life.

Julie also photographed our wedding and engagement photos in 2015… and we have known each other for at least 10 years now. I’ve photographed countless moments in her life as well, like the birth of her first son, as well as maternity and newborn photos, family photos, birthday parties, etc. We’ve kind of both been there for a lot in each other’s lives. We still photograph each other and also shoot weddings together. Here is a favorite image from both our wedding day and our engagement photos with Julie from 2015.

Oh, and of course, we also did a session for our 2 year wedding anniversary just in 2017, which seems like yesterday, but clearly is not! Here is one favorites from that, and that entire session is still some of my favorite photos of us ever.

One thing you might be wondering is… what does this change for you? Absolutely nothing! Other than a little time off once baby arrives, business will go on as usual. I may just have an adorable little studio assistant now. My time off will start in July and most likely conclude in September, pending any unforeseen or unknowns. Meaning I’ll be back just in time for the Fall Season. I can’t wait to work with you soon!

BABY REED | AUSTIN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Sweet little baby boy, Reed with his parents and proud big brother. This day was the first day he held his little brother and it was really special to witness that unfold.

I love photographing newborn photos in your home, within the first 12 days after birth. It’s such a sweet time, and no one should miss out on having images from this small window of soft newness and baby squishiness.

Here are just a few favorites from this sweet Austin Newborn Portrait Session.

BESTIES FOR LIFE | AUSTIN BEST FRIENDS PORTRAITS

A good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you.

These two girls have been through it all together, and might as well be sisters. I absolutely love spending an afternoon laughing with them and learning about their special bond. Genevieve is moving away, and she and Lexi wanted some special portraits to document their friendship before she left Austin. But miles won’t be able to separate these two ladies. Their friendship is the forever kind. I hope everyone has a friendship like this in their life. The kind where you laugh without saying word, finish each other’s sentences and understand each other in every way. These are the friendships that make life wonderful. Thanks for allowing me to capture your sweet friendship, Lexi and Gen! I know you’ll treasure these memories forever.

DRIPPING SPRINGS SENIOR GRAD | AUSTIN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Now that it’s mid February, all I can think about is Spring, and that means that basically all I can think about is Senior Portrait Season! Two of my favorite things are undoubtedly the opening of Spring and all the new life and warmth it brings, as well as Senior Portrait time. I absolutely love capturing Seniors and their unique personalities, senses of style and learning more about their lives and future plans.

This is Paige, she is an amazing golfer. Seriously, so good. And she has a quiet gentle spirit, but the more you get to know her, the more her silliness comes out. I wanted to steal her wardrobe and actually went and bought the shoes that she wore in a few shots (the cute white sneaks with little pink flowers, so cute) because I couldn’t forget about them. That’s right ladies, when you come to shoot with me be prepared to tell me where you got your clothes because I might copy you, lol. Here are just a few of the amazing shots we captured of this gorgeous gal during her Austin Senior Portraits Session! I hope you enjoy.

THE WILHITE FAMILY | AUSTIN TX FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

For 10 years I have known and worked with Julie… Mama of the Wilhite family. But that was long before her 2 beautiful children entered the picture. We have become such close friends over the years! I even captured the birth of one of her sons. We have both learned together and grown as photographers since starting our businesses and done countless photos for each other. It’s a lifelong trade. Photos for life. So again this Winter we met up to capture our annual family photos of her beautiful tribe. Here are just a few favorites. I’m so thankful for our friendship and can’t wait to see all the beautiful imagery we capture for each other for years to come! Julie is a wedding photographer, check out her work here.