The serenity of these images makes me absolutely swoon! Athena's quiet strength is most fully expressed when she is outdoors, near the water, which is where our evening took us. When I meet another momma who "gets it" when I say that I LOVED my birth experiences, I know that I have found a kindred spirit. Her tranquil confidence heading into this journey to welcome a fifth baby home is completely beautiful. That internal peace radiates through to the images that we created together. I hope you enjoy this little celebration of the beauty of motherhood.
Marian was the first courageous beauty to work her way through my new self-connection workbook, and her openness to the process of self-reflection and shining a light on the beauty of knowing ourselves deeply is what made these deeply connected images possible.
Much like so many of us, she has never done something quite so "self-indulgent" as having images created of just her. It is so easy to put ourselves in that just box, but the reality is that we are just as vital to this earth as every other human. Just as entitled to love, to a sense of our own selves, and to JOY. It is just as vital to feel pride in our own accomplishments as it is to express our pride in the accomplishments of those we love. With baby #5 on the way, I am so happy to have created this quiet space for Marian, a space to acknowledge the beauty in her authenticity, and to celebrate all that she has created in this life. These images are more than just pretty portraits, they are mementos of this experience, and a reminder to take that time to reflect and to celebrate.
Marian, I am so grateful for your vulnerability, honesty, and authenticity.
These two beautiful people are on the cusp of big changes. They are high school sweethearts, and have been planning and waiting for this new baby, and a new life. Together they have picked up their lives and moved home, just up the road from the spot where they would hang out on dates, where he asked her to join him on this adventure. Now they are finally welcoming a new life into their new home, a home that they have built together and which is the stepping stone to their forever home that will soon lay on this beautiful site overlooking the river valley. This fine fall evening they were able to share their excitement, anticipate the joys that they are will sharing with this little one, and express the love that they see in each other that will transform them into the best parents this baby could be blessed with. They are in for such a beautiful life!