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Along side my husband of over a decade, I photograph people in love with each other and in love with their lives. We're based in Paducah Kentucky but gladly will go anywhere you want to take us! We are so glad you've stopped by to follow our most recent adventures! Grab your favorite drink and snack and get cozy... there's plenty to see!
One of the downfalls of photographing a night birth is that more often than not, the siblings aren’t there to meet the newest member of their family and therefore, I rarely get to photograph that introduction. BUT when I’m also hired to photograph the fresh baby session, I get to come back the next day and be there when big brother or sister arrives to meet the new baby! In this case, Big Brother Blake was so ready to meet his little sister Blair, who he’s been waiting for for a long time, and it showed!
We all assumed Keisha wouldn’t make it full term with Baby Blair. After all, her firstborn, Blake came 3 weeks early. So we were all on pretty high alert starting around the beginning of October. I had a few weddings between then and Keisha’ due date, one being in St. Louis so I was really hoping Blair would come early but I’m also in the camp of letting baby bake as long as they need to.
Thankfully, labor started for Keisha the Friday night before one of my weddings while she was at dinner with family at Cracker Barrel. Around 9pm Keisha text to say they were heading to the hospital so I double checked my bags, laid my clothes out, and settled down to bed to grab whatever sleep I could. Around 11pm I got called into the hospital, where after an unsuccessful epidural but thankfully a short labor and delivery, Baby Blair was born in the early hours of Oct 12th!
Much of Rachel & Michael’s story takes place on a lake in Southern Illinois. They didn’t attend the same high school but he lived near her parents lake house and so they’d seen each other around and knew of each other by proximity occasionally, especially during the summer months when her family would be at the lake and lake house. When the met officially through mutual friends many years later at a lake gathering, Rachel claims it was rather awkward because they really had already known each other for 20 something years at this point and she couldn’t have possibly missed her soul mate this entire time…. could she? But after spending a few hours with him one evening on the lake, it became clear to both of them – by the end of that night, she was his co-captain and his girlfriend.
I always want so so much for my couples on their wedding day. I want the weather to be perfect – definitely not raining but also not too hot of cold so that outdoor portraits are comfortable for everyone. I love fall weddings and crave that warm light and coloring they provide. I want the timeline to be spot on so and that everyone had at least laid eyes on it so that the day runs smoothly. I hope that every vendor is successful in implementing their part of the plan and in a timely manner (a good timeline helps!). I pray that everyone is SO READY for this marriage to begin and they are equally excited to partake and enjoy the day.
After photographing this family’s maternity session in the summer, I (and I’m sure Rachel and Jacob!) was counting down the weeks until they’d be back in front of my camera and in my studio this time around for Baby Girl #3’s newborn session. And two and a half months later, I welcomed Baby Emma, her two sweet big sisters, and her mom and dad into my home and into my all white studio and the circle was made full. As were the hearts of each member in this now family of five!
Think back to just a few days ago – to this past Saturday… If you live where the mid-west meets the south, you’ll remember that it was raining. All.Day.Long. It was a steady heavy drizzle of a rain – nothing torrential but more than a mist. You didn’t need an umbrella if you were going to run from your car to a building but if you’re going to stand out in it for more that a few seconds, you better have an umbrella or you would definitely get wet. Your clothes would be damp and your hair would need more than just a “touch up”.