Overwhelming Love | Photography by Lauren Jolly

August 16, 2016

“My husband and I decided to invest in newborn photography after realizing what an enormous life-change we were beginning. The birth of our son is the next significant occurrence in our lives, second only to our marriage and Christian salvation experiences. Living is not promised to be an easy occupation — everyone has hardships in life. Celebrating the moments that drive our deep human desire to “carry on” is important, not only for ourselves, but for our future generations. We want our son to know he was celebrated and that we were joyful over him and his birth. These photos are not so much a keepsake for us as they are a reminder to him as he gets older that we considered his entrance into the world momentous.

Lauren Jolly provided our family with an excellent experience. We wanted laid-back and candid session. We wanted our photos to reflect the reality of our lives and to be, at their core, truthful to who we are as a family. Lauren has the same intentions behind her work and it resonates in the pictures she provided. She was patient through feedings and diaper changes and the ebb and flow of our emotions as we attempted to authentically show what it means for us to be called “parents…”

“From the very first day I discovered I was pregnant, this experience of motherhood has been a consistent act of self-denial for the betterment of another. I endured sickness and weariness, emotions and uncertainties in the early days. I endured immense physical pain and the war-like experience of birth, denying myself the temptation to give into complete fear. And now I am choosing daily to make personal sacrifices for the betterment of my son. What is amazing about these experiences and sacrifices is that I endure and make them willingly, without resistance. My love for my son is so great that I would easily lay down my life for him.

One thing that is miraculous is that from the very day our son was born, my husband and I have known with a fervent reality that we want to adopt. The birth of our son created spacious room in our hearts for orphans.

Everyday God reveals to me how great His love is for us through my experience as a mother. I would easily give up the world and every good thing for my son. I would experience the pains of birth a million times over to have him safe and whole in the world. The love I have for my child is a love that drives away all fear… the fear of childbirth, the fear of weight gain, the fear of pain, the fear of losing social identity, the fear of losing my life. It all falls away when I see him smiling up at me.” Reagan, Mother

LAUREN JOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY | Nikon D600, 35mm 1.4 lens, Nikon N80, 35mm 1.4 lens, Kodak Portra 400

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