Oh man, this post is bittersweet for me. We met Michelle and Cameron a couple years ago after moving to Richmond, VA and became fast friends. Cameron and my husband worked together in Residency (Cameron being a couple years ahead) and just last month Cameron wrapped up residency and they moved to New Hampshire where Cameron will be practicing, and it also just so happens to bring them closer to family. We were sad to see them go but already having some visits scheduled with them makes it better.
Now, how adorable is Michelle here? She was about 8 months along when we took these photos - and now she is just one short week away from her due date. Here's to hoping Little Man Braasch comes on-time next week :) I am already so excited to meet the little guy in August! Please do send prayers and well-wishes for Michelle and baby to have an easy and safe delivery soon!
People ask me all the time, "What is your favorite thing to shoot...weddings, portraits, kids...?" and I seriously can never answer. Typically my knee-jerk reaction to say the last thing I shot because I had such a fun time during it but then I say "oh wait, but I really like weddings too...and kids...and bridals...and well, I love it all!". This shoot I had with sweet Caroline and her parents just makes my day. I have photographed her since she was in her mama's belly all the way up until she turned a year old. We waited and waited to book this last shoot in their series in hopes that she would be walking. Caroline was definitely capable of walking but the question that day is did she want to. Such is life with women, eh? Caroline was just in the in between sage as she was mainly afraid of taking steps alone - and of course I heard from her mom that she started walking just two short days after their session...the way it always goes - right parents? :) I am pretty sure Caroline got an amazing core workout in this position. Kelly, Paul and I died laughing as we made poor Caroline balance there for a a bit in hopes she'd walk over to us when she realized no one was coming to get her. Instead she decide to take a break and sit down. Smart girl :)Huge thanks to Kelly, Paul and Caroline for allowing me to get to know them over the past year and document their family. I am so excited to capture many more of y'alls family moments. I say it's time for baby #2 ;)
Back in April I flew down to Destin, Florida to photograph this sweet little guy. I met his mama back in the 6th grade - we were in the same group of friends but after that year I switched schools and we lost touch. Thanks to social media I re-connected with her about 12 years later when I learned she had her own design company and I was starting my business. They adopted their first baby in November of last year and he just won my heart over. Here are some favorites of Kelly, Andrew and their little man Colt.
While social media can sometimes be a distraction in everyday life I am so grateful it allowed me to reconnect with Kelly and document them during such an important time in their lives. Kelly and Andrew, Congratulations on Colt joining your family, he is one lucky kid to have parents like you! Thank you for allowing me to come down and spend the morning with y'all! Hope we get to see each other soon!
p.s. Kelly is an amazing designer - you can visit From Scratch Design and check her out :)