One of my favorite things is watching couples become first time parents. Having gone through this phase of life myself, I know firsthand what a transformative time it is. Women become more nurturing, more loving and men melt at the sight of their babies. Having known Brock and Rachel for a long time and seeing them interact with their nieces and nephews, I already knew what wonderful parents they would be to little Belle when she arrived. Seeing them as parents is such a special thing and I’m so thankful that they chose me to document this time in their lives as parenthood is only beginning.
It was SO wonderful to meet these precious girls and their parents on the first day of Fall! Camp Nathanael is a beautiful campus and it truly felt like Fall with leaves on the ground and a slight drizzle. Harper and Saylor are two of the SWEETEST sisters. I loved how Harper took such gentle care of Saylor. She kissed her cheeks unprompted and giggled at how adorable her sis was throughout this family session! Saylor is such a happy 5 month old. I loved hearing her coo and seeing her smile at her mom and dad as they lovingly spoke to her during photos. These girls have such a special bond that I know will only strengthen and grow as they do!
When Lenora contacted me about photographing a Celebrating Motherhood session with her two foster (soon to be adopted!) children and grandchild around her childhood home, I knew right away that it would be VERY special. I was right. Lenora talked with me a bit about her story and how fostering has been a light in the dark for her and it shows through her warmth and love toward her sweet boys. All three of her little ones adore her and I can see why! She is such a strong, caring, and amazing person. Our short time together was such a memorable one!
The time we spent re-visitng memories made in this place will live on through these photos and I'm sure she will have lots of stories to tell her babies and grand babies when they look back at these images together.
I simply could not love this family more! If there was ever an example of motherhood worth celebrating, this is it. Ashlee has been a precious example of motherhood to me. She continually encourages me with her capacity to love selflessly and patiently. She has waited faithfully for the adoption of two of her children and it is a joy to see them thriving and being loved so deeply. Aside from that, she is a precious friend and it was so special for me to be able to photograph this season of motherhood for her.
Hair & Makeup: Ayrielle Capps