My heart is so full! Is there anything better than a tiny, squishy, fuzzy newborn?
I went to go visit Ari and meet Ellanore 10 days after she was born, and I offered to bring my camera. I am so glad I did and I am overjoyed at what we created together! Ari and Connor are the kindest couple from our church. It has been an honor calling them friends over the course of the past few years, from dating, to marriage, to parenthood. They love the Lord, and have embodied Him so well in the founding of their new family. It is so encouraging to see a family knowing that their home is their mission. As Ari nursed Ellanore prior to taking photos, I sat in their living room gazing at a book, titled, "Missional Motherhood", with a heart filled with admiration at Ari's beautiful servant's heart. It is a blessing to have families strong in Christ to pave the way for the next generation, and it is so special watching Ari enter into motherhood. She honors and embraces it’s Holiness so beautifully, and I know she will be able to inspire and lead others who enter into this season as well. Mothers and fathers who love the Lord, and who love their families, are so healing to this world. Ari is one of these mothers, and Ellanore is one lucky gal.
On another note, I’m falling in love with newborn photography all over again. When I was 13, I was so passionate about photographing newborns. I had the setup, the teeny outfits, the cheesecloth, the linen, and the swaddles. These sweet mamas would completely entrust me (a middle schooler at the time) to handle, soothe, and photograph their babies, who weren’t even a week old, for hours on end. Kudos to them, seriously!
Newborn photography is a big thing. Now, looking back, I wish I would have gone with the lifestyle approach (instead of posed) but now I am so thankful for everything I learned in that season. I’m ready to integrate newborn photography into my brand again, but with the approach of capturing the baby in a real and organic way.
The loveliness of motherhood and new life is such a gift and I feel so blessed to have the privilege of documenting it. It's the love of Jesus on display!
So much love to you, Ari, Connor, and Ellanore! I cannot wait to watch your family blossom and grow!