First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! I don't think I've ever made these two take a picture kissing in a tree, but I have captured Amy and John in some pretty amazing times in their lives as a couple! However, I think this phase might be my favorite. I cannot wait to see the Crupies as parents but most importantly I can't wait to meet their little girl... and see Bailey as a wonderfully fluffy big sister. Amy and John were troopers for their maternity session - being pregnant in the hot summertime is ROUGH... and there was an important soccer game on that night that John wanted to watch, ha! It is truly an honor to grow along with my couples and it's pretty special to be there for your friends. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Oh how I love this sweet family. I got to meet Miss Anna when she was just a few days old and her parents were wondering what in the world they had gotten into. Fast forward 2+ years later and Sara and Dustin are pros... which is good because I totally see a lot of Mila in Anna and I am definitely taking notes! Anna is a smart cookie with a huge heart and maybe an even bigger personality. I see so much of Sara and Dustin in her which means she is going to be a light in so many people's lives and she always puts a smile on my face when I get to spend any time with her. Folks always say the days are long but the years are short and boy do I feel this statement when I look at these pictures of Anna. I can't wait to continue watching her spunky self grow up and loving on one of my favorite families. Sara and Dustin - in case you didn't know or doubt yourself on those hard days - you're doing a great job. Also, my bar is stocked for said hard days!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!
A year ago my heart exploded. I finally knew what it meant to love something so much it hurt. Now we chase, snuggle (when she lets us), learn, love and laugh with our ONE YEAR OLD baby girl. It was a journey that started with cautious optimism and many doctors appointments, but was filled with excitement, love and anticipation as we welcomed our girl. It's hard to believe how much can change in a year. I didn't think I could feel so much love for someone I just met or fall even more in love with Morgan, but I did. Before another year goes by, time seems to fly with a baby, I wanted to share the story of the BEST DAY EVER. Normally I am the storyteller of our family but since I was pretty much in a haze for the first month of Mila's life, Morgan is guest-blogging for me and reliving the moments that we grew our family and hearts by one. He took the time to write it all down when Mila was two weeks old so we wouldn't forget anything ...excuse me while I grab the Kleenex.
I have now had the privilege of photographing TWO Sikes weddings and it was such an honor to be asked to be a part of another celebration for this sweet family! While a wedding day is about the love between the couple actually tying the knot, it's also a celebration of families joining together. It is obvious Margaret and Cody have a strong foundation in their family and their faith and I know they have an amazing (and large!) support system for their marriage! Over 200 people came to celebrate Margaret and Cody's day so I knew going in there was going to be an epic party, but there were so many meaningful details and special moments I was definitely not expecting - like when Margaret's grandfather got out of his wheelchair to share dance with his wife at the end of the night. Pretty sure everyone was sobbing and I was just hiding behind my camera so my blubbering mess wasn't as obvious. These are the moments that stick with you long after the flowers wilt, the food is tossed, and the sparklers are all burned out. It was such an honor to be a part of moments like this and all of the fun of Margaret and Cody's day!
The sweet Jones family are now a family of FOUR with TWO boys under TWO! We've celebrated our friends as they got married and ooohed and ahhed when we met adorable Henry and now we get to love on precious Evan. This little nugget is so cute and he slept like a champ for his newborn session, but the way Henry called his baby brother "Evie" was ovary-exploding material. I know it isn't easy with two kiddos much less two under two, but Jordan and Sarah make such a great team and these boys are so lucky to have them as parents. Congratulations again guys!! We love y'all!