Every once in a while, clients come along with a story that speaks to your soul. All of my clients are wonderful, but sometimes a story reaches out and grabs your heart unlike others and this is one of those. A couple months ago, I got an email from Erika about doing a maternity shoot. To be honest, I don't do a lot of them, but when she mentioned they were not supposed to be able to get pregnant and how excited they were, I was honored that they wanted me to photograph this sweet moment in their life and said yes!
Upon meeting Erika, there was an immediate connection because she is just so bubbly, kind and has a comforting presence. I loved the way her and Jason interacted. As we were shooting, I began asking questions (as I do on most of my shoots), but I was so blown away by Erika's honesty and willingness to talk about the hard parts of their story. She told me she had a disease that was supposed to prevent her and Jason from conceiving. On top of that, after they got pregnant (a complete shock), Erika continued to get sick (not just morning sickness) and they were worried about the baby making it through the first trimester. But here they are, 14 weeks in with a healthy little babe. They both know they are not out of the woods yet, but the amount of joy I got to witness while photographing them was infectious. I am so thankful that God provides people with hearts that are willing to share their pain + their joy.
I am learning more and more that vulnerability is not a weakness, but a strength. It is a way to connect with people that isn't possible when you shut people out. This world is full of pain + heartache, but we have to experience pain in order to understand + experience true joy. So, thank you Erika + Jason for your kindness, candidness, infectious joy and for allowing me to photograph your growing family.