“Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.” – Uma Thurman

Photographing this family for their maternity pictures and then August's newborn pictures was an absolute joy. Their shared excitement in expectation while pregnant and then seeing how completely in love they were with August reminded me so much of my own journey as a new parent. Parenting is likely the hardest thing they will ever do--but also the most rewarding.

I loved being able to capture some small details in this session: a farmer's hands, August's tiny clubfeet, and the "nursing throne" (my name for it) of pillows on the bed. I am drawn to the relaxed tone of in-home newborn sessions and meeting new families. I have a secret desire to be a doula, and being able to love on families during this stage is something I find fulfilling.

Pregnant woman next to creek and bridge
pregnant woman holding daffodil
couple standing by the woods
sun flare around a beautiful pregnant woman
couple looks down adoringly at baby bump
couple nuzzles each other with a smile
pregnant woman stands by old silo
black and white image of pregnant woman looking over her shoulder
sun flare around woman's belly bump
pregnant woman in field
smiling pregnant woman by bridge
hands on baby bump
Newborn baby with wrinkled forehead
Baby hands and club feet
Mom gazes at her newborn baby
mom and dad look at their newborn baby
Baby making the blue steel face
newborn baby held on mom's legs
black and white image of mom holding newborn's head
mother cradling her baby
mom and dads' hands on their baby together
woman smiles at man as they hold their baby
dad's hand comforts baby in basket
newborn baby's clubfeet
dad holds baby vertical by window
parents sit on nursing throne on bed
mom brings newborn baby up to her nose
dad gently strokes baby's head
newborn in blue wrap on white blanket
sleeping newborn on white blanket
mom looks at baby with flowers in foreground