It occured to me a few weeks ago that Katy was one of the very first people I met when I moved to Portland. She actually trained me at the job that moved me up here, and since I moved to Portland about four days before I started that job I can count her as one of the first people I met almost nine years ago. Crazy, right? While it’s been years since we worked together, we’ve kept in touch on social media throughout the years. It was quite an honor that I was asked to be her maternity photographer and then capture some first moments at home once they got settled in after little guys surprise early arrival, I thought I would take some time to show you some favorites from their gorgeous maternity session and then meet the little guy that was waiting to meet the world just a few short weeks later. We did an in-home newborn session, which is my preferred style of newborn session. I no longer bring props or much of a setup, with the exception of a few easy wraps. I loved capturing their family at home, where they will raise their son and spend so many moments witnessing him grow.
I have a soft spot for maternity now more than ever after experiencing pregnancy for the first (and last!) time last year. I was the strange person who loved being pregnant. I was not ready for it to be over until about 2 weeks before baby girl arrived. To my surprise, especially as someone who gets motions sickness at the drop of a hat, I had a relatively easy pregnancy (minus a nasty case of carpal tunnel) and I adored the kicks and flutters that my daughter performed while waiting for her big debut. Though let’s be real, I think my favorite thing was just having an excuse to indulge in whatever my heart desired, because “well, the baby really wants it” The truth was, I had no weird cravings, I just craved it all. My most favorite part of pregnancy? Looking back on it, knowing that those little kicks and flutters and hiccups belonged to my now NINE month old little girl. I can’t believe that was her whom I carried along that journey, I feel like she’s been a part of our family all along. I marvel at her every single day. I lay her along my stomach, wondering how the heck she fit in there. I look at her in awe, wondering how is it possible for her to be this perfect little being. It has it’s moments and those first few months sure had some tears, but man, right now it’s magical. Now, ask me again when she’s two and I may have a whole other blog post for you, haha!
I think that’s my favorite part of maternity, knowing that there’s this life inside about to set things into motion in a way you never thought possible. I was SO excited for this couple at their maternity, knowing that in a few weeks, their lives would be forever changed. We went to one of my favorite spots in Oregon City called Canemah Park. I was honored to be able to capture some sweet moments with their son who was just so perfectly tiny. It was hard to believe my own baby was once that tiny and maybe that’s because the first several months were a blur of little sleep, lots of spit up and did I mention little sleep? Pregnancy may have been easy, but those first few months of parenthood? Not as easy. I’m so grateful we had them and I’m so grateful we survived them!
Thank you for allowing me to capture this beautiful time in your lives. It’s clear you two are already naturals at this. And apparently, you’re models!
Now onto meet the little guy who JUST COULDN’T WAIT TO MEET THE WORLD!