Gosh. This Mama.
I met her on a session years and years a go. She was actually one of my first clients in my humble beginnings back when I started my business and began taking work on. She inquired off the internet and I remember her using the word organic to describe my work and I knew we were going to be fast friends. I was blown away that she really loved my photography so much to take a leap and be one of my first real sessions.
I remember meeting them at a little park in Rhode Island and being so nervous, the butterflies just bounced around in my stomach. And then this beautiful Mama with her pretty little daughter came out and we began chatting and it all melted away. It was effortless. And nearly eight years later.. here we are. I have since moved to Colorado, and honestly don’t get anxious much these days (but I do get nervous meeting new faces sometimes because I am a bit of an introverted people person), and yet the friends I have made from being a photographer are so special to me. I take little pieces away of each family I am fortunate enough to photograph. I can honestly say I LOVE Sarah. And on top of all that, she is an amazing hair stylist in Connecticut. We traded for years and years afterwards and she always makes me feel absolutely beautiful after leaving her chair. This also means we have had some wonderful conversation and really only gotten closer as the years have marched on.
And when she began dating George, I watched her talk about him with stars in her eyes. I immediately recognized exactly what was happening. My friend was in love. And as life has a way of doing, they have their own story with their own twists and turns. When she messaged to let me know they were getting married however, I knew something amazing was happening. They came out for their engagement photos a couple of years ago and I sadly couldn’t make it to their wedding last year, but her and George came on back for very special maternity photos of her beautiful belly. Ruby will soon be here and next year I look forward to photographing her entire family at some point. And on this evening, taking these maternity photos- we (Safely) climbed a rock that overlooked the mountains and played their wedding song and I felt like I got to yet again witness something special happening. There they were slow dancing with their baby daughter before she even made her entrance into this world. How amazing is my job??
Aside from all that, this day was amazing. We started out on this day at sunrise, and I stepped out of the car in a crumpled dress i wore the evening before (because I am not much of a morning person) covered down to my toes in my own baby’s spit up. We *just* missed the actual sunrise but took advantage of the glowy light. We then napped and headed back out to the mountains and started a few hours before sunset all the way up until there was no more light to be seen and ended the evening at my favorite burger place with her beautiful belly and my six kids in tow. Side note- George, Sophia says hi. 😉 Haha (Yes, my seven year old is obsessed with a married man.)
This is perfectly and blissfully typical too. I have now photographed so many families turned friend. So many Mamas that have confided in me on much more than a Photographer/Client level. I remember every family, every Mama, every child that has been in front of my lens. And being able to blog these images right this moment remind me of how blessed I am.
Sarah, I adore you. Thank you for so much more than allowing me to document your precious family. Thank you for your friendship.
You are so loved.