“Pregnancy seemed to both last forever and be going so fast. I knew I wanted to have maternity photographs taken because it was important to me that we have a beautiful memory of this very unique time in my life and stage in our family.
Working with Rebecca was a dream. I’ve admired Rebecca’s work for over a year now and I knew I loved her candid, light-filled aesthetic. But the best thing about the shoot was completely unexpected: how beautiful and empowered she made me feel during the process. She was so authentically excited about the shots we were getting that I was able to let go of any image hangups I had been carrying around as a heavily pregnant woman. Instead, I truly feel like I could show how excited and proud I was of my body and what it was capable of creating.
I love to plan things because it is reassuring to me to have a sense of what to expect and that everything is under control. Despite all my efforts – like months of taking prenatal vitamins, reading any book or blog I could get my hands on, waiting for the “perfect” moment in my career – pregnancy and motherhood have been anything but expected. I suffered a miscarriage in my first pregnancy and it was one of the worst things I have ever gone through. Two days after I learned I was pregnant with our daughter, I was shocked to be offered my dream job out of the blue, so I switched employers while secretly being seven weeks pregnant. Motherhood has brought its own unwelcome surprises, like how difficult and exhausting breastfeeding can be, but for the most part I have been happy to find how quickly I adapted to being a mother and how much I love it.
All of these things have stretched me personally and grown me as a Christian. I am learning how God shares my depths of grief, nights of uncertainty, and joy of seeing my three week old daughter wiggle her feet in happiness when she eats. When I was in the last few weeks of pregnancy and so anxious to meet her, I kept thinking of a phrase my pastor has used to describe the period of history the world is currently in – the time between when Jesus was here and when he will come again – the “already but not yet.” I am learning patience and to resist despair. I dream about what her life holds, and want her to know how much I love her. I know that all of these things are just a fraction of the thoughts God has for me and it brings me a lot of joy to know I am getting to know Him better by going through my own struggles in pregnancy and motherhood.” Julia, Expectant Mother
“I originally met Julia and Trevor at church, years ago. We attended the same small group for a while, and whenever I was with them, I was struck by their sweet affection for each other. I was so excited when I learned that they were expecting, and even more excited when Julia asked me to photograph this season for them. I knew Julia would make an incredible mother, and I also knew that I wanted to capture her journey to motherhood in a real and beautiful way. There’s something so wonderful about getting to celebrate friends through the art of photography, and I found so much joy in creating these images.
Having the opportunity to photograph mothers and celebrate their stories is such a gift. My heart swells up with happiness each time I witness a tender moment and capture it for a mother to relive again and again. My hope is that my images will serve as tangible reminders of just how sweet each season of motherhood really is.” Rebecca, Photographer