“When I first found out I was pregnant, there was joy sure, but a lot of apprehension and anxiety about the timing of it all. We didn’t know we were expecting until 2 months and then we realized we had all our destination weddings during our baby’s birth month and my husband would be out of the country on her due date! So much of my journey to motherhood and now being a mother now has led me to cling to God rather than an expected or desired outcome. I’ve always wanted children and loved being around children and imagined that me as a mother would just be an older, more busy version of myself. But the moment I became a mother I realized I was now someone who never existed before. Some might disagree but I think the beauty of motherhood lies in the self-forgetfulness. Of course it is okay to mourn the things that will be different about your body and even your life together with your partner, but it is a pure and most joyful thing to love your baby and no longer life a life that is only about yourself and your own needs. Even though things are constantly changing and there is so much we’re still learning (and will continue to learn), getting to parent a precious child and seeing the world through her eyes has been the most joyful and amazing thing!
My husband and I are photographers and rarely have our photo taken together (which is something we don’t mind since we very much prefer being behind the camera), but now that we have our daughter Florence, it is so meaningful to be able to have each season together, which is already so fleeting, documented. To be honest, everything about this session was last minute – our decision to get it done at all, makeup & outfits didn’t turn out how I wanted, curled my hair with one foot out the door and baby girl was uncharacteristically serious the entire time…. and yet I love them because of what they represent! This past Christmas season was the very first we got to share with our little girl and we feel so blessed already by how much she has changed the way we think about who God is, about life and even ourselves. I think about how much she will treasure these photographs in the future, knowing how much she was loved and how much joy she brought into our lives!” Connie, Mother
VALENTINA GLIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHY