@jillypowers of @veilpresets took maternity portraits for us for the third time! We love them because they are from her and they represent a new season of life for us.... but we also love them because we officially own a little piece of land across the street from @bigspringva in Lexington and we shot these there!!! No, we’re not moving.... it’s just an investment in one of our favorite (and most beautiful) places on earth!!! When I look at these photos, they make me feel so hopeful and thankful!! Enjoy my favorites on the blog!! Link in profile!!
Just me, Evy and her baby brother checking on her other baby brother’s tree that we planted on our property during his memorial service. We are just weeks away from meeting our new little guy and also just weeks away from celebrating what would have been #jamesmichaelalsop ‘s first birthday. This past week I shared a (rather long and intense) blog post about what I needed during my time of carrying and losing Baby James. Some things may surprise you.... like how one of the greatest gifts I received were tulips in the hospital because it gave me something to hold as I was wheeled out to the car.... or how I loved talking about the baby we were losing and I wished and hoped people would ask all kinds of questions about him while he was still alive. It’s hard to know how to love a woman carrying a dying baby....it’s hard to know what to say, what to do, what she needs.... because honestly, In the midst of the pain, she doesn’t even know what she needs. This blog post is an outpouring of my heart and my hope is that it will be shared with women walking through a similar story to ours who need help figuring out how to tell their friends and family how to love them in the midst of their tragedy. I hope parents and siblings and friends of those losing a baby will read it and have a better understanding of what their loved one may need from them. It’s all on the blog... including a link to download James’ birth plan that turned out to be one of the best decisions we made preparing for his birthday. ❤️ link in profile.
Whew! I’m thankful to be done shooting for the rest of this pregnancy! This was the most perfect wedding to end on and I am so thankful that @danielshackleford was able to film it for all of our KJ ALL ACCESS members!! We aren’t sharing it as this month’s episode but it is in the lineup for this year!! I can’t wait to release it!! (Signup link in profile!) I look at this picture and I think “Gosh, I have been pregnant for three wedding seasons in a row!!” And I’m so looking forward to that not being the case in the rest of 2019. It’s hard to shoot pregnant!! Props to women who shoot well into the final weeks of their third trimester!! Despite the hip pain and waddling that occurred at the end of this wedding day, I would do it all over again. It’s such a privilege and an answered prayer to be carrying this little boy. I’m so ready to meet him. 😭6-8 ish more weeks.... maybe I should start thinking about a nursery😂.... but then again I just finished Evy’s and she’s two. 🤷🏼♀️Do you want to see it? I’ve never blogged it but I might if enough people want to see it! 😂
Don’t laugh at me.... but I just hit publish on a “Best of 2018” blog post.... two days before March 2019. 😂😂😂I think most people would have just chosen to forego the embarrassment of being so delayed... but I really wanted to share this... not because I want to show off my best work, but because these couples on the blog walked through our hardest year with us. I look at these weddings and engagement sessions and I will forever be grateful for their graciousness and kindness and patience as we worked through the ups and downs of 2018. So enjoy this pretty recap on the blog! Link in profile! And ps. Photographers, this image wouldn’t have been nearly as pretty if I was standing up. Their heads would have been against the trees, there wouldn’t have been soft foreground and the composition of the space between the trees wouldn’t have been as impactful! These are things you would learn in the KJ Lighting and Locations Course!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Two years ago tonight we were holding our two-hour old baby. Our first baby. It was the best day of my life. I have clung to the sweet memories of Evy’s birthday throughout this year. Her birth was such a victory for me and whenever I get scared of what’s to come with this third pregnancy, I remember that I can do this because I’ve done it before and the result was a healthy, screaming, huge baby girl! These last two years have been the best and the hardest of my life. Through all of our the heartache of 2018, Evy has been such a source of joy and happiness. I love this amazing age where she’s constantly surprising us. Michael and I are always saying to each other “did you just hear her? Did you just see that?” We love seeing her grow and change. We couldn’t be more proud of our girl or more thankful that God gave her to us!!!! Tonight there is a blog post with recent pictures and a video with clips from almost everyday of her life!! Thank you @1secondeveryday app! I love you sweet girl! Happy birthday!!!! Ps. I love these images from her birthday.. especially the one where our families found out how much she weighed! 9lbs 10oz 😂 pc: @jillypowers
@jillypowers has captured maternity portraits for ALL THREE of my babies and I can never thank her enough for the treasure that these photos are to me. This month last year we were taking James’ maternity portraits knowing that we were losing him. Those were the hardest photos to take but the ones I cherish the most. It was such a gift to be able to take portraits today knowing I’m carrying a healthy baby boy!! ❤️While I don’t use but a few of my own simple presets, I do love and appreciate that other photographers have defined their own style with presets of their own! Jill has made her presets available for other photographers and they are on sale through the weekend!! Check out @veilpresets!!! So proud of her!!!!!!! #30weeks