The proudest big brother 💛 Things I never wanna forget about this season: -Asking Becks if he’s going to be a big brother and him consistently responding with the cutest, open mouth face as if he just heard the best news -The way he says “see sis” before his nap, and proceeds to blow raspberries on my belly and laugh hysterically -The way he asks “wiggling?” “moving?” when he puts his hand on my stomach -The time he found her bottle in the nursery, lifted up my shirt and tried to stick it in my belly button to “feed” her 😂 I know he’s a little too young to fully grasp what’s about to happen (he turns two next month) but it’s been so sweet watching him “get it” a little more and more each day. Jordan has been telling Becks that God made him big and strong so he can love and protect his sister and it makes me teary every time I hear it 😭💛 Lately, every time I run across an adult brother and sister who genuinely love spending time together, I find myself quickly asking them what was it about their childhood that helped shape that, and I’m pocketing as much wisdom as I can so I can hopefully help foster a special relationship between Becks and this little girl. So if that’s you (or your kids!) I’m all ears! Feeling more and more excited by the day to meet this baby girl and see Becks do the same 💛 📷 by @carolineloganphoto @annamarie_akins
When your mama also conveniently becomes your favorite shelf 😂 I just love this little boy!!
No sign of baby girl yet, so we snuck in one final engagement session for the sweetest couple! I realize there’s nothing like an impending due date to motivate a quick turnaround time! 😂 This would usually be when I post the sneak peek, but instead, I get to surprise our couple and say the entire blog post is already done!! 🎉 These last few weeks of pregnancy I feel like I’m in hyperactive productive mode! Closets clean, baby clothes organized and galleries getting sent off faster than ever before! Jessica and Mike, surprise!! They’re done!! We loved every second with you two and are SO excited for your @elchorroweddings day this fall!! I have so many favorites from this session that I’m glad I don’t have to pick just one!#amyandjordancouple #ajbride
Today marks THREE WEEKS until we get to meet this baby girl! (Or maybe sooner! Becks came two weeks early! Eek! How are we here already?!) Jordan and I are both in full on nesting mode and have successfully re-organized almost every cabinet, drawer and closet in our entire house at this point, which if you know Jordan, is one of the many things he loves about pregnancy 😂 Organizing the pantry is his love language. So even if we never feel fully “ready” to have an almost-two year old and a zero year old in our house at the same time, at least it will be easy to find the onesies 👌🏻 Jordan leaned over to me in church this morning to whisper that he can’t wait to see her face and hold her. That it feels real now. And I couldn’t help but tear up. In between the sore body, the hard-to-sleep nights, and the not-so-cute waddling, it can be easy to momentarily forget what a miracle this is. It brought me right back to remembering how thankful I am for this sweet gift. So take your time, baby girl. God already knows your birthday, and we’ll be ready and waiting to hold our sweet miracle whenever that day comes 💛
So excited to share our most recent wedding on the blog tonight!! It’s funny how my mission quickly turned from “don’t go into labor during the wedding” to “finish the blog before the baby comes!!” 😂 Easier said than done! I think this is one of the biggest blog posts we’ve ever done! We just had so many favorites! But I’m so relieved to say it’s officially done! And baby girl is still kicking happily away inside my belly! 🙌🏻🙏🏻 We were so honored when Stephanie’s mom shared during her toast that the reason they chose to get married in Arizona (even though not a single person at the wedding lived here) was so that *we*’could photograph it 😭💛 I couldn’t help but tear up right in the middle of the reception when I heard it (and I don’t think I can blame the hormones this time!) I can’t think of a higher privilege or greater responsibility than that, and it was truly an honor to get to serve them and their family. From the moment we told them we were pregnant, they couldn’t have been sweeter, more supportive, encouraging and caring. It’s people like this who make us so thankful we get to call this “work.” So bring on the massive blog! We can’t get enough of these two!! #amyandjordancouple #ajbride
If you’re not a photographer, you may laugh at this (understandably 😂) but Jordan and I both have recurring bad dreams about...wedding days! My most common nightmare is the sun goes DOWN for good during the first look! Rational, right? 😂 The other is I have to walk through *ocean waves* (and risk getting my camera wet!) to get to the portrait location (don’t ask me why...we literally live in a desert 💁🏼♀️) So when Jordan had a nightmare that I WENT INTO LABOR during this wedding, we started making a serious game plan to cope 😂 Not because I thought I was going into labor (only Jordan was terrified of that haha!) but because I know how 10 hours on my feet, lifting heavy gear, squatting into weird positions and the energy it takes to direct, pose and shoot a wedding feels on a regular day! I’m so thankful for all your advice a few posts back! They made such a difference! Thought it might be helpful to have a post you can bookmark in case you find yourself shooting a wedding very pregnant! Here’s everything I did! ✔️ Wore my most comfy pair of booties ✔️ Different pair of shoes for the reception (makes such a difference!) ✔️ Compression socks (these were hard to get on but really helped! 😂) ✔️ Hydrating the night before w/ Liquid IV packets in my water - also brought them to the wedding (we get ours at Costco) ✔️ Perfect Bars in my small camera bag so I could easily take a bite walking from one location to the next (The peanut butter ones are my FAVE 😍) ✔️ Brought an amazing third shooter (an AJ Workshop alum!) who *could* have taken over *JUST* in case Jordan’s nightmare came true! We love you @karleekphotography! Thanks for all your help and these behind the scenes photos!! ✔️ Hot epsom salt bubble bath AS SOON as I got home (felt like victory!!) ✔️ Best decision: Scheduling an at-home prenatal massage the next morning (did you know they have businesses that are like Uber for massages?! I had no idea! It was my first time and it was HEAVEN!!) The best part? I feel SO proud of this wedding! Taking the steps above made me feel SO much better than I ever imagined! So many new favorite photos I can’t wait to share!!
Rang in the new year in the snow! And when I say “rang in the new year” I mean, we were asleep by 10 last night 😂 Best way to start 2020 if you ask me! Happy New Year, friends!!
Our last year as a family of three 💛 While I’m a little sad to see this sweet season ending, I have a feeling 2020 is going to be our favorite year yet :) 📷 by @annamarie_akins @carolineloganphoto
Currently dreaming of soaking in my next hot epsom salt bath and feeling so thankful to have survived shooting a ten hour wedding day five weeks away from my due date! 🙌🏻🙏🏻 Stephanie told me she’d been dreaming of a swoopy veil shot, and even though the entire week surrounding the wedding was unusually cold and cloudy and grey, the sun came out just in time (!) Like it KNEW everyone traveled in for some Arizona sun!! So we got her a veil shot with GLOW!! It HAD to be the sneak peek 😍 Loved getting to end our wedding season with these two! Still can’t believe it’s our very last wedding before we meet our baby girl!! So excited to share more! So many new favorites coming your way soon!! PS So thankful for all your survival tips on my last post! I used so many of them and my body is thanking you!! #amyandjordancouple #ajbride dream team led by @somelikeitclassic @kaylabellitt at @fsscottsdale!!