Nine years ago, we danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra at our own wedding, and last night @melissajill surprised us by playing our song at HER WEDDING! I had a new mini twirling partner this time around, and it was one of those moments I know I will remember when it’s time to dance with him at HIS wedding one day😭💛 It was such a beautiful, emotional weekend celebrating one of our best friends marrying the man she waited 41 years for. It was such a powerful reminder that God is the author of the most beautiful stories, even when we can’t always see what He’s writing.
9 years ago today, I made the best decision of my life :) I woke up to an anniversary blog post that made me 😭 Can I still blame that on hormones?! 🙈 “Amy: As I write this, I'm in our office. Down the hall, in our bedroom, I can hear you signing a bedtime song. Mary Poppins. The one you sing to Becks before every nap. It's one of the sweetest sounds in the world to me -- even though, you'd be the first to admit you can't really sing. Our little man has been fussing more than normal lately. I almost started crying earlier when you told me why: he started teething. It reminded me that his little toothless gummy smile won't be here forever. Even though there's a new character in our life, I've seen this movie before. The one where I try to hold on to the way things are. Because I think life can't possibly get better. Until it does. The one where I want nothing more than to stop time in its tracks. Until I see where the tracks go, and remember who I'm with. Four months ago, our world changed in the best possible way. After years of being a family of two, we delivered our son the way we've always done life. Together. Our love for him was instant, and unconditional, and a place in my heart was opened that I didn't even know was there. What I didn't expect, is that a new place in my heart would come alive for YOU. The you that's everything you've always been, plus everything God knew you'd be. The tough you. Who battled bedrest, and fought through labor, no matter how hard it was. The sweet you. Who reads books in voices and never loses her patience, no matter how hard he is. You. The one I promised to love 9 years ago without knowing what was coming down the road. It was the easiest promise I ever made. I didn't need to know that road. I just needed you. The girl in the white dress who became our family's white hat. Our knight in mommy armor. Back then, I only loved you. Now, there's something I actually love more. Watching you love our son. Who’s part me... and part you. Happy 9th Anniversary, my love. Thank you for saving me from trying to build a time machine, by showing me the only thing better than what's happened is what's next. As long as I'm with you.”
You would *think* my favorite thing about this photo would *have* to be this DREAM TREE but NOPE! My favorite thing about this photo is that I didn’t take it (!!)This gorgeous shot was taken by one of our online Shooting & Editing Course students and you just HAVE to hear her story! I almost fell out of my chair when I got her email. Fabiana only picked up a camera for the first time ONE YEAR AGO (!!) After shooting two free “sessions” for friends, she realized her images were *not* looking the way she was hoping, so she enrolled in our Shooting & Editing Course (I love her go-getter spirit!) She started implementing everything she learned and loved it so much she enrolled in our other two courses too (Posing & Business) AND started charging money for her work AND started second shooting weddings. Now one year later, she’s booked TEN of her OWN weddings (her latest one for $6,200!) and when she sent her before and after galleries, I couldn’t stop beaming!! (You can see what I mean in my Insta Story!) THIS! This is why we do what we do!! We are so so proud of all our course students!! And can we just all give it up for @fabianaskubic?! 🙌🏻 It’s AMAZING what you’ve done in ONE YEAR!! I love seeing the change happen right there in your Instagram grid! Oh girl, we couldn’t be prouder!!
Watching you delight in our son has already become one of life’s sweetest gifts. I always knew you would be a great dad, but seeing it play out is even better than I imagined. . I love that you race me to his bassinet to be the first one to wake him up from his nap. . I love that you sing him a Beatles song (She loves you, yeah yeah yeah 🎶) every time you put him in his car seat... to distract him from the fact... that he HATES being in his car seat. . I love the way you prop him on your lap, look him in the eye, ask him questions and wait patiently for his response. Your daily “conversations” with him are my favorite. . I love that you spend any free minute you have trying to make him laugh. I’ll never forget the first time we heard that sound, and how you’ve made it your personal mission to make sure this house is filled with his laughter ever since. I think I could listen to you sing “Under the Sea” in your Sebastian voice to him forever. . I love that you kiss all over his face and that he’s already used to the way your scruff feels on his cheeks. . I love the way he fits in your hands. Even though he won’t always fit there, it reminds me that he’ll get to grow up feeling safe and secure in the strength, consistency, intentionality, love and leadership of his father. . He just doesn’t know yet how lucky he is that he’ll get to spend his whole life pointing to his dad and saying, “ I want to be just like him.” . Happy Father’s Day to the man who makes me so excited to raise one. I love you so much @jordan_demos
I’d say his first Father’s Day Weekend is off to a pretty precious start :)
Is it just me, or could she be Meghan Markle’s sister?! 😍 You know I’m usually the biggest sucker for a photo with a big, smiley, laughing, joy-filled expression, but man oh man, Natalie just KILLED “the smize.” I couldn’t resist!! (Maybe it’s because *I* could never pull off a look like that myself 😂) Can you believe this was her first time in front of a professional camera?! Our first engagement session back from maternity leave is on the blog tonight!! Can’t wait for their Four Seasons wedding this winter!! #ajbride #amyandjordancouple
I’ve been waiting my whole life for this photo!! (Okay, so twelve months, but you get the idea!) I can’t even count how many times during our pregnancy we would take a picture together, look at each other and say: “Can you believe one day we’ll be HOLDING OUR BABIES?!” And one day, we might even get them both to smile :) Getting to be pregnant at the same time with @annamarie_akins was truly one of the greatest gifts (swipe for all the evidence) and man oh man, THIS!! This feels like the icing on a lifelong cake. So thankful for this friendship and for our time together in California as a group of six(!!) this week!
Ahh!! It feels SO good to be back behind the camera again!! This was our very first engagement session after taking a break to soak in as much time as possible with our little peanut, and I gotta say, we had SO much fun!! It felt like no time passed at all! So thankful for a job we love and for couples like this, who make “work” feel like anything but! :) #ajbride #amyandjordancouple
Getting our daily Becks Boost :) The first week Beckett was born, my sweet dad (who is a first time grandpa) told us he noticed a substantial increase in his mood and overall happiness on the days where he got to hold Beckett, and that it carried with him throughout his whole day (melt!) He quickly coined our new favorite catchphrase: “I need a Becks Boost,” and it’s really caught on around here :) 📷 by @carolineloganphoto