“The day I met my husband during college, I asked him what he wanted to “do”. He said, “be a dad”. Our hearts have been locked since with the same intentions: to love each other well, live out our faith, and enter into the precious realm of parenthood. Motherhood, to me, is a calling. From middle school, I was the “mom” friend who carried bandaids in her purse. As a teacher, being called “mom” is a daily occurrence. Having my own baby, though, has been nothing short of sacred. When I found out we were having a daughter, my heart swelled with the adoration of my own relationship with my mother. I was filled with anticipation of one day fostering the same relationship with my daughter. In my life, though, the role of mother extends far beyond the biological role. Whether it is a child you bore or a child you wrap your heart around, motherhood is a call to love big, to love sacrificially, and to love with intentionality and grace. It is raw, messy, and broken. But it is the very stuff of life. When God in heaven sent Jesus to the earth for our redemption, He did so through a mother. Through dependency, birth, nursing, caring, comforting, crying, cleaning, and spurring on, every moment with my daughter is a precious display of the realest, most honest, and enduring love.
Having newborn pictures taken was so important to us because we know pictures have the ability to lock in a moment. This season of pregnancy and newborn life is so precious and fleeting. We want to be able to remember and cherish the quiet and chaos of these days. Especially with the extenuating circumstances of this spring, capturing moments on film to share with friends and family felt even more essential, as many are not able to physically walk alongside us due to health risks.” Claire, Mother
“Claire and Rhett were so clearly in love with their life as a new family of three. They welcomed their newborn daughter, Maren, during COVID. After a long and difficult labor, the three of them are settling in at home and getting used to life with a newborn. However, unlike so many other families, these three don’t have the support system that others might have because of COVID – their families are far away, which means that Claire has started her fourth trimester settling in with Maren and Rhett has been taking care of them both from home. Even so, there was so much love in their home. Maren cuddled and nursed during her session and enjoyed time with her sweet parents in her new life and home. I loved being able to observe them loving on Maren, but was more incredible was seeing them supporting and encouraging each other! The transition to parenthood is a difficult one and can be filled with doubt and worry, and it was so touching to see how caring they are to each other. After becoming a mother myself, I recognized the beauty in this period of complete transformation. Easily one of the hardest and yet most rewarding things I have accomplished, it is an honor to get to witness and document other mothers-to-be and new mamas experience this sacred transition in their minds, hearts, and bodies.” Radhika, Photographer