“Throughout my life, when my parents were proud of me, or worried about me, or told me how much they loved me, I remember them saying, “you’ll understand one day when you have kids of your own”. Now after having our sweet little girl, I can say I fully understand that statement. The love that filled my whole self when I first laid eyes on our baby girl was beyond anything I could ever have imagined, or could ever try to explain to another person. Motherhood has changed me in so many ways, one of the biggest being the desire and (hopefully!) ability to appreciate every moment I have with our daughter, my husband, our dog, my parents, my siblings, my husband’s family, my friends – basically everyone special in my life! When you have a baby, everything in your life becomes so hectic, and busy, and full of worry about whether you are doing a good job raising this little person, but the other overwhelming feeling I have is tremendous love for all the people that surround us. I learn new things from our little lady every day (who knew that blowing raspberries could be so much fun!), but the best thing she has taught me so far is to appreciate all the little moments in life with her and all the other special people in our lives.
When I was pregnant, one of the first things I thought about was that I really wanted to have professional photographs taken of our new family when our baby was born. Little did I know at that time how truly special and important these pictures would actually be. I look back on our newborn family pictures all the time and smile at how small and sweet our girl was, and how happy we all were to finally be together as a family. I’m so happy and grateful that we will forever have those early days of her life and our marriage memorialized in professional photographs.”
“Capturing families and babies has always been a passion for me, and I truly believe there are those moments in a photographer’s career when your heart sings of pure joy and you get reassured that this is your calling in life. This newborn session made my heart sing and I left knowing this is what I was meant to do in my career. Gemma’s newborn session was fulfilling in so many ways for me and extra special as I just delivered my first born baby 5 weeks prior. I had been knee deep in all the late night feedings, diaper changes and sleep exhaustion, while all the while I was showing up and it almost felt like deja vu in some ways seeing this sweet family who had just brought home their brand new baby girl, and also their first born. Gemma was a little less than two weeks old when I met her and even when you have a newborn at home, you forget just how tiny they really are when you bring them home from the hospital.
I had just been though all of this myself, the cluster feedings, and trying to prepare for a newborn session of my own so I knew just what this family was going through trying to get prepared for their session with me. I was so sympathetic to everything they were possibly feeling or experiencing and in some ways I guess the tables turned for me once I had my own child. I have always been a patient and loving person, but walking into their home I think my motherhood self kicked in as well and I did everything I could to try and make them feel as comfortable as could be. They were so loving and so excited to have their baby girl in their arms and it literally made my heart melt just watching them. I knew deep down at that point there was no greater joy, getting to capture the unconditional love parents have for their children. It was just so rewarding in every possible way.
Growing up there was no doubt about it I was always in love with the idea of being a mom. I wanted as many kids as I could possibly have and I couldn’t wait to become a Mother. When the time came and we had to go through so many unexpected roads to have a baby of our own, I realized just how precious babies truly were and what a miracle these little tiny human beings are. There is nothing quite like bringing a baby into this world and watching their first cry, their first smile and their personalities develop. I could travel the world and meet every mother possible if I could, I feel like we can always learn from other moms and they always say it takes a village. To be able to capture Motherhood first hand at every stage is beautiful in so many ways, and I love it with all my heart because every family and every mother is so different. No two sessions are ever alike and no two mothers are ever alike. Capturing Motherhood means I get to witness motherhood on so many different levels and I get the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, talented, and inspirational women. Not only do I love what I do, but I leave every single session more and more inspired to be the best mom I can be.” CJ, Photographer
CHARLIE JULIET PHOTOGRAPHY