On an early May morning last spring, I met up with Chelsea and James at Lake Murray for their maternity session. The morning glow was perfect, and their joyful anticipation for their new season of life could not have been more evident! As we parted ways at the end of our session, I remember wishing them well in the final weeks of their pregnancy and saying, “See you in June once that sweet baby is here!” Imagine my surprise when, a few days later, I saw a post from Chelsea on Instagram announcing that their daughter had made an emergency early arrival! In the weeks that followed, both mama and baby recovered, and once their sweet girl graduated from the NICU, they were finally able to head home and begin life as a family of three!
Home. A place of family and memories, comfort and safety, warmth and love. In the last year, home has taken on an entirely new meaning as we have grappled with the realities of life in a pandemic. Last spring, just as the world was retreating into quarantine for an unforeseen length of time, this family was welcoming their second daughter. Over the weeks and months that followed, they adjusted to life as a family of four, finding the rhythm of life with two littles with the added challenge of missing much of the planned support from friends and family. In spite of all the challenges, they leaned on each other and savored the extra time together that they might not have had otherwise, watching their daughters grow and change each day. Even though their two girls will not remember their year at home, they will hear the stories of this time, and I know that the common thread that will run through all of them will be togetherness.
Snuggles and tickles on mom and dad’s bed, the room filled with the most gorgeous morning light. Reading favorite stories. Mom and daughter baking cookies together while dad and son played together on the floor. Dancing together to favorite songs. A sweet and happy boy, grinning with the biggest smiles after kisses from his mama, and his spunky, independent big sister eager to help, show the way, and jump into all the fun! There was such a feeling of coziness and warmth in this precious family’s home, and it truly felt like the most perfect fall Saturday morning as I snapped photos of them enjoying each other and their time together during their lifestyle family session!
Hi! I'm nicole!
I love photographing families in every stage of life, creating warm, bright, and natural images that you will treasure for a lifetime. What I love most about being behind the camera is telling the story in front of me, highlighting the joy and relationships between loved ones and capturing each personality!